PMA People

Q&A with our People

Brian DeFilippis

, Boston

What current project(s) are you working on? 

I have been working on a number of school projects and on other public facilities. Some these include: Catholic Memorial School (Boston, MA), West Elementary School, Ballardvale Fire Station, Senior Center (Town of Andover, MA), North Acton Fire Station (Town of Acton, MA), Tewksbury DPW Facility (Town of Tewksbury, MA), project audits for UMASS Medical Center (Leominster and Worcester), and project audits for MassDevelopment (Boston, MA).

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?

I love listening to clients discussing their vision and objectives for a proposed project from the hiring of a designer/architect to the project turnover, then watching each project come together and see the results of the team’s planning.

What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?) 

I have been fortunate to work on many different project types, both public and private.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry that makes you excited about the future?

I am encouraged by the careful planning that goes into sustainability and into energy-efficient structures that little by little add up to make a better world.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you did at PMA?

On one project, the general contractor went out of business before the project was completed. I had to work closely with the Town officials to ensure we provided the Town with the most protection possible. I also had to work closely with the bonding company to ensure the project was delivered to the Town as quickly as feasible.

Who/what inspires you to push yourself? (Personal heroes, family members, ideas)

My dad’s parents immigrated to the US from Italy. Listening to the stories of why they came here, the challenges they faced, and how they made a new home in America is inspiring. Progress comes in time; you have to constantly work at it.

What university or college did you graduate from?

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA.

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

I love Boston! Anything Boston: Fenway Park, Seaport District, Harbor Walk, North End; it goes on and on!

Provide a fun fact about yourself?

I am a landlord and own rental properties. Needless to say, this keeps me busy when I am not at work.

Do you have any secret talents?

My talents lie in keeping the greenest lawn, planting, and gardening.