PMA People: John Skerry

Jonathan Skerry, Associate

Boston, Massachusetts

John Skerry

What current project(s) are you working on?
I am currently working full time managing projects for NB Development at Boston Landing in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. We recently broke ground on a 450,000-sf indoor track and field facility that also includes a 5,000-person capacity music venue and retail spaces. I also continue to support the construction side of the ongoing lease-up effort for the development.

What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
The completion of 40 Guest Street at Boston Landing and the few months after were especially memorable. This coincided with the Boston Celtics and numerous office and retail tenants all moving into their spaces over the course of the summer. This was a critical milestone in the development and seeing the increase in foot traffic, retail business and the overall activation of the campus was very satisfying after years of planning and management.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry (CM or PM related)?
The construction industry has always been slow to embrace technology, but I believe this is changing. I think we will see the industry more rapidly embrace technologies such as augmented reality and more advanced cloud-based project management software to streamline the flow of information and create a connected jobsite.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you’ve had at PMA?
Last summer I managed the renovation and expansion of the NB Fitness Club. It was a phased renovation on a tight 12-week summer schedule. The feedback we received on opening day from the members and staff was very gratifying.

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
I have always loved to build, solve problems and learn new things which I get to do every day. Every construction project is different so there is always a new technology, method or material to learn about. I particularly like learning about the MEP systems of my projects and the latest trends in construction technology.

What university or college did you graduate from?
I earned my BS in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
I enjoy visiting the local craft breweries and pop-up beer gardens in Boston. We have a great craft beer scene here.

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I once bumped into Ben Affleck at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Harvard Square.