PMA People: John Knoke

John Knoke, Director

Gresham, Oregon

John recently celebrated 30 years with PMA!

John KnokeWhat current projects are you working on?
I’m supporting our claims practice group on two different projects. I’m providing schedule delay analysis on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project. I recently reviewed document management procedures and time impact studies for the California High Speed Rail project.

What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
Some of my most interesting projects were 3 years at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station working on America’s space program and a 3-year stint as resident engineer at the Dubai International Airport, both prior to joining PMA. Most interesting PMA project was the Central Artery/Tunnel in Boston, where I first learned to develop automated tools to leverage Primavera schedule data and reviews, and graphical enhancements.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry?
Geometrically increasing applications of automation and artificial intelligence are reshaping the design and construction industry. How long will it be until AI has taken OUR jobs?

What university or college did you graduate from?
I received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio and an
MBA from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
I am more an outdoors person than an “establishment” person. My favorite “local” haunts are pretty much any trail, anywhere, with a strong preference for the Pacific Northwest.

If I had to pick a public establishment, I’d choose the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), in Portland, or maybe the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook, Oregon; those are the first places that I take visiting grandkids.

Provide a Fun Fact?
A Total Solar Eclipse will pass through northern Oregon on August 21, 2017! This is the first total eclipse to touch the continental US since 1979. It won’t happen again until April 8, 2024.