PMA People: Nick Gendron

Nick Gendron, Senior Associate

San Francisco, California

What current project(s) are you working on?

Facebook campus/Truebeck Construction – The team is building the newest addition to the Facebook Campus located in Menlo Park, CA. The project will incorporate 420,000 sf of state-of-the-art office space, gourmet restaurants, and rooftop parks designed by Gehry Partners. The campus will also include a seven–story green parking structure that incorporates solar panels on the top floor. Pedestrian bridges will be constructed to connect other Facebook campus structures.

PMA is helping Truebeck Construction to develop their standards and procedures, and laying the foundation for the contractor to build a competent, effective scheduling department to assist in making them a competitive force in the Bay Area construction market. We are doing this by using their largest current project, Facebook, to do it right and make the process consistent for every project that follows.

What is your career highlight so far?

The highlight of my career has been the opportunity to work with my fellow PMAers. In my experiences on the GC side of construction, it is not easy to find such a high volume of decent and highly knowledgeable people. I have not met anyone in PMA that I could tell is “just going through the motions.” It is a great feeling to be a part of a team that has the knowledge, drive, and experience for any situation that I could find myself in professionally, and, even better, they are just a phone call away. I take pride in the fact that I work with such a diverse and well- informed team.

What is something new/innovative happening in your industry?

Pull Planning/Lean Scheduling – Many markets and sectors of our industry are utilizing pull planning as a way to plan projects in short intervals. Pull planning really seems to be a geographical phenomenon in the Bay Area, and owners and general contractors are seeing measurable benefits from its use. It is predominantly being used in the healthcare industry, and owners are now starting to make lean scheduling, (or IPD) part of the contractual requirements. The benefit to PMA is that NetPoint is a VERY useful tool to schedule small, short-interval scopes of work that can be incorporated into the master schedule.

Drones – Being in Silicon Valley, technology is finding its way into the construction industry in amazing ways. General contractors are utilizing drone technology for more than just getting an aerial picture of a project. Drone photos can be made into 3D BIM models, calculate the volume of stockpiled materials, and be very beneficial in providing accurate quantity surveys for updating schedules. For example, here at Facebook we are utilizing a company called Skycatch for daily drone photos to help the team in a number of ways.

What is something you get to do at work every day that you love?

To me, the feeling of being valued by my team and our clients is something that I take the most joy in. Working with clients that value our opinions and expertise is great. Being part of a team that can be open to PMA’s professional perspective makes me love coming to work.

From which university did you graduate?

I obtained my Construction Management degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?

I have been a San Jose Sharks fan my entire life and now that I live in the Bay Area again you can bet I will be in attendance at the shark tank. I will say, when Seattle gets their own NHL team, I am jumping ship because I have to represent the Pacific Northwest!

Provide a fun fact about yourself?

I get ridiculed because of my “fancy Friday” attire by fellow PMAers. All week long we work hard, solve problems, make difficult decisions and at the end of the week it wears on us. We are tired, exhausted and it may be the norm to put on that old college sweatshirt and go to work, TGIF am I right? Not this guy. I wake up a little early, get in a fresh shave, throw on my finest bow tie and head to work. I see it as a little pick-me-up at the end of the week. I finish the work week strong-willed, strong-minded and well dressed. When I moved from Chicago back to the Bay, our friends in Chicago joined me in celebrating one fancy Friday.