Bill Shea


Bill Shea

Who, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most? And why?
Bobby Orr. He is my favorite athlete of all time and a real gentleman. He revolutionized the game of hockey and how it is played, especially as a defenseman. There will never be another Bobby Orr. I would enjoy talking about youth hockey, pro hockey, college hockey, any hockey he had an opinion on.

What is your favorite project you worked on and why?
Bristol Community College’s John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building, which was zero net energy. It was fascinating to see the design measures taken upfront and then how we built it in the field – with the goal of the building producing its own energy. It was also my first Chapter 149A project.

How did you get into construction?
My next-door neighbor owned a small general contractor firm. I worked with him during high school and college – cutting trees, clearing sites for homes, excavating foundations, placing concrete, etc… He would take any job, whether he knew how to do it or not and we’d figure it out. After graduating from college with an accounting degree, I quickly realized I didn’t want to be a CPA, so I took a job at Macomber Construction as a Project Accountant. Six months in I realized I could fill their needs as an entry-level Field Engineer. So I asked to switch to Operations after about a year and here I am. I did go back to college for 4 years nights to get my B.S. in Construction Management from WIT.

Who or what inspires you?
My father inspires me. He’s 76 years young and never ceases to amaze me how his motor never stops. He’s an electrical engineer by education and is the only person I know that can figure out how to fix almost anything. I always did little projects with him when I was a kid like change the oil or cut down trees. To this day every once in a while, he’ll let me take the lead on something, and on a rare occasion he may even agree with how I want to attack an issue.

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