PMA People: Larry Louree

Larry Louree, Associate

Orlando, Florida

What current project(s) are you working on?
I develop estimates and evaluations of change orders for wastewater, reclaimed-water, manufacturing facilities, airport claims, man-made recreational lakes, and anything else that comes along.

What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
In my career, unique projects seem to be attracted to me. We had a contract to develop sites for two pre-fabricated food service locations inside a theme park. The design had changed on the buildings, so our team had to make a template of the irregular shaped building to lay out the foundation so it would match up. Working hours were limited to the closed hours of the park, which changed daily. We had extensive clean up at the end of each night shift to make sure the park was ‘show ready’. Scheduling this, as well as managing our resource costs versus production, was especially challenging. When we finished, both buildings fit on their foundations like a glove, and they looked like they had been there for years. At PMA, my highlight so far is being able to work with some great mentors in the Orlando Office.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry (CM or PM related)?
In the Baggage Handling System (BHS) world, the next big thing is using a tote-type conveyor system instead of a belt-type conveyor system. This newer system in North America will provide easier tracking of bags, less bag jams, and simpler control designs and operation. In the PM world, ‘agile’ is the buzz world. There is some success using it in a hybrid way in construction projects, but it remains to be seen how this will work out in the long run.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you did at PMA?
My challenge was doing some preliminary feasibility research to determine the load bearing of a section of floor that was part of the original building built 35 years ago. While the owner had all of the documents on file, it was difficult to find all of the data to confirm that the equipment we wanted to place on the floor would work. This project also involved working with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to get their input into this project so it would meet their needs.

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
Every day is something different. It keeps me on my toes and ready for whatever happens. The best thing about coming in every day is getting to work with my PMA co-workers.

What university or college did you graduate from?
I graduated Magna Cum Laude, Associates in Computer Science from Orlando College, Orlando, Florida in 1986.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
For a family style meal, we like to go to Vincent’s Italian Restaurant in Mount Dora. Good food, reasonably priced.

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
We have provided homes to six Siberian Huskies over the last 42 years. Two were rescues and we had two at one time. Our current fur baby is 2-year-old Henry Cooper Whiskey. He is the first boy of our pack, and the first puppy in about 25 years. Boys are different from girls. He could be in all of the Husky MEMEs on Facebook.

Yes, we live in tropical Central Florida, but they have adapted. (I would not bring one of his Alaskan cousins here; it would be too hot for them.) He has learned to run until he gets hot, then come inside and lays on the tile in the bathroom. However, when it’s ‘Florida cold’, he loves being outside. Huskies are great with kids, very friendly to all. They have the attitude of a four-year-old child, always looking for the next adventure and opportunity to learn something. I wouldn’t have it any other way.