Joe Scala

Estimator

Joe Scala

Who, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most? And why?
Probably Napoleon. I’ve read a couple of biographies on him which shows him different than he’s commonly portrayed. But supposedly he always ate dinner in about 5 minutes so I probably should pick someone else.

What is your favorite project you worked on and why?
The Clarks Building at 1265 Main Street in Waltham was probably my favorite. We utilized the original structure, which was all cast-in-place. Modifying this structure to meet the needs of the tenant was challenging. Along with the structure, trying to keep the old factory building look while making this a completely new space was challenging but fun.

How did you get into construction?
My grandfather was a Mason for 40 years. Eventually, my uncle took over the business, and now his sons have their own Masonry companies. I worked with all of them through high school and college, knowing I wanted my career to be in construction. My grandfather relentlessly was on me to focus on school and to be the guy in the office giving the orders not out in the cold taking orders. At 85, he walked into the office of a GC he had worked with for years and asked the president to give me a chance and he agreed.

Who or what inspires you?
My family. My daughter has an endless amount of questions about what we do, which I love to hear and answer, even when it is the 10th time I’ve answered it. She loves telling anyone who will listen that her dad works at Commodore Builders with this huge pride in her voice. She says she is going to work for Commodore Builders when she grows up…. Or a vet… or artist… I am a little bias toward Commodore.

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