Brenda Hart-Flynn

Senior Estimator

Brenda Hart-Flynn

Who, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most? And why?
Amelia Earhart. I think it’s so cool she was an aviator back in the 1930s! I want to ask what inspired her to fly planes, what were some challenges she faced in her pursuit of flying (especially as a woman in 1930), and what was it like to fly solo across the Atlantic?

What is your favorite project you worked on and why?
Grays Hall Dormitory at Harvard University. This project was my first job as a PM, I was on-site in Cambridge, and fell in love with historic buildings. The project was a “summer slammer”, full interior renovation and exterior preservation. When we first started, I thought this dorm was a “plain Jane”. Not all that impressive architecturally, and not my favorite in the “Yahd”, where all the Freshman dorms are located. We replaced the slate roof, cleaned & repointed 100% of the masonry façade, and replaced windows with historic replicas and preservation glass. The interior work included extensive MEP upgrades and new finishes. Once the exterior work was complete, the granite architectural accents, (no longer covered in soot) stood out against the red brick and it was great to see the building restored to its original beauty. I was hooked!

How did you get into construction?
As one of 7 kids, I grew up around many renovation projects my dad tackled around our home. Family room and dormer additions, back deck, hockey rink, etc. That sparked my early interest in construction.
In high school, I took sewing classes as an elective and really enjoyed making something to wear out of a couple of yards of fabric. To me, the patterns used in sewing are similar to blueprints used in construction. Instead of “building” an article of clothing, you get to construct a building or some other project. I majored in Civil Engineering because I loved Physics, but I wanted to work in construction rather than engineering, so I could be involved with building things and see the transformation from paper to real life.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I bought 4 tickets for a U2 concert in Dublin with no trip planned and no guarantee I’d get across the pond to see the show. I then organized my first trip to Ireland around attending the concert and met long lost cousins during the trip, with whom I’m still in touch with today, 10 years later.

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