PMA People: Joseph Ruskowski

Joseph Ruskowski, Senior Associate

New York, New York

What current project(s) are you working on?
Right now I’m working on the Newark Airport Terminal One Redevelopment Program for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
I have been fortunate to work on a variety of interesting projects across multiple industries and states. I started my career with the NHDOT working on the state’s first large design-build project which was a vertical lift bridge connecting New Hampshire to Maine. Since joining PMA have been fortunate to work in both the Boston and NYC offices. In Boston, I worked on bridge and highway projects for MASSDOT, construction projects at several universities, aviation, and pharmaceutical projects. In NYC, I have worked on the Second Avenue Subway extension for the MTACC and the construction of a new terminal at Newark Airport for the PANYNJ.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry (CM or PM related)?
For the program I am currently on, we are utilizing laser scanning, BIM, and an integrated program schedule to coordinate over 100 interdependencies between the eight projects that make up the program.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you’ve had at PMA?
One I particularly remember was working on the Second Avenue Subway project in NYC for the MTACC. The portion I worked on was the acceleration of the station finishes and systems contract to open the three stations. The acceleration was a very fast-paced process to complete numerous change orders, finishes, installation of systems, and testing/commissioning.

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
I work with a great group of people that I am continually learning from.

What university or college did you graduate from?
I earned my BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2010.
I am currently completing my MBA in Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
Locally, my wife and I enjoy taking our 1-year-old daughter to parks such as Liberty State Park, which has great views of NYC.
Being from Massachusetts I try to make it to at least one Patriots game a year at Gillette Stadium.

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I spent my summers growing up on an island in Maine with no electricity and had my first boat with a 4HP motor when I was about 13 years old.