PMA People: Paul Queeney, PE, MCPPO, FMP

Paul Queeney, Owner’s Project Manager & Construction Claims Analyst

Boston, Massachusetts

25TH Anniversary

Congratulations to Paul for his twenty-five years at PMA!

What project(s) are you currently working on?
I’m working on three elementary school projects in the design phase: a K-4 for 790 students in Shrewsbury, a K-5 for 465 students in Danvers, and a K-5 for 775 students in Ipswich. I also intermittently evaluate requests for change orders submitted by contractors on various Boston-area building projects.

What are some of your career highlights?
I have worked on the built environment for 35 years, projects as small as a toll booth and as large as a nuclear power plant: many great projects and many great people. One of the highlights was the Sherwood Middle School Project, a 130,000 SF school for 900 5th and 6th graders in Shrewsbury – it was my first full-build school project. PMA was the Owner’s Project Manager (OPM), managing the design, bid/award, construction, inspection, move-in, and closeout. While there was great satisfaction in seeing this high-quality project complete ahead of schedule and under budget, it was a thrill to see the children, faculty, and staff thrive in their new school and to see the building as long-lasting testimony to the Town of Shrewsbury’s commitment to education.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you did at PMA?
The Central Artery/Tunnel project (a.k.a. Boston’s Big-Dig) was very large and the details of the work were technically and logistically complex. For a dozen years I interpreted contract requirements, negotiated change orders, analyzed contract disputes, and led teams – each assignment provided significant professional development and personal growth. Through the years I came to realize how particular individuals and departments can be just as complex and challenging as plans, contracts, changes, budgets, and schedules. Most importantly, I learned how good communication and attention to relationships are essential for good management.

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
I get to earnestly advance and advocate for the interests of project owners.

From which university did you graduate?
University of Massachusetts – Amherst, BS, Civil Engineering, 1980
Michigan Technological University, MS, Civil Engineering, 1990
University of Massachusetts – Boston Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, 2002
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, MS, Facilities Management, 2017

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
My wife, Rose, and I enjoy the Tango, an Argentinian restaurant in Arlington, MA. To burn off the calories, Rose and I enjoy riding our bikes, either along established rail-trails or finding our own routes from Lynn to Rockport and beyond. We also love to climb mountains and have Mount Kilimanjaro on our bucket list.

Any fun PMA stories to share?
While Boston’s Big-Dig was still active, a lot of PMAers would compete in the annual Cape Cod Marathon Relay in Falmouth where a team of five over-40 PMAers competed against a team of five under-40 PMAers. One year, in the final leg of the relay, a young rock star, Ryan Ennis, came from behind to give the victory to the under-40 team. This surprised everybody because Ryan had arrived in Falmouth early that morning without his running shoes and he needed to scramble to buy a new pair of shoes. Ryan’s new shoes brought him speed in place of the blisters that half of us were hoping for.

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I was one of the first commuters through the I-90 Ted Williams Tunnel that crossed Boston Harbor. I was working with PMA as a construction contract administrator at the East Boston job site while the tunnel was nearing completion. Although not ready for the public, the tunnel roadway was bicycle-ready. Some field engineers and I began riding our bikes to work, reducing the times of our commutes by an hour. With safety being a priority at all construction sites, we had to brass-in, brass-out, and wear all of the necessary personal protective equipment (hard hats, safety glasses, orange vests, and even small emergency air packs). The tollbooths were not yet built, so it was a freeride.