PMA People

Q&A with our People

Joseph Ruskowski

, New York

What current project(s) are you working on?
Right now I’m working on the Newark Airport Terminal One Redevelopment Program for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
I have been fortunate to work on a variety of interesting projects across multiple industries and states. I started my career with the NHDOT working on the state’s first large design-build project which was a vertical lift bridge connecting New Hampshire to Maine. Since joining PMA have been fortunate to work in both the Boston and NYC offices. In Boston, I worked on bridge and highway projects for MASSDOT, construction projects at several universities, aviation, and pharmaceutical projects. In NYC, I have worked on the Second Avenue Subway extension for the MTACC and the construction of a new terminal at Newark Airport for the PANYNJ.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry (CM or PM related)?
For the program I am currently on, we are utilizing laser scanning, BIM, and an integrated program schedule to coordinate over 100 interdependencies between the eight projects that make up the program.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you’ve had at PMA?
One I particularly remember was working on the Second Avenue Subway project in NYC for the MTACC. The portion I worked on was the acceleration of the station finishes and systems contract to open the three stations. The acceleration was a very fast-paced process to complete numerous change orders, finishes, installation of systems, and testing/commissioning.

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
I work with a great group of people that I am continually learning from.

What university or college did you graduate from?
I earned my BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2010.
I am currently completing my MBA in Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
Locally, my wife and I enjoy taking our 1-year-old daughter to parks such as Liberty State Park, which has great views of NYC.
Being from Massachusetts I try to make it to at least one Patriots game a year at Gillette Stadium.

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I spent my summers growing up on an island in Maine with no electricity and had my first boat with a 4HP motor when I was about 13 years old.