Nicholas Michelangelo

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Nicholas Michelangelo

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I possess a Black Belt in a traditional style of Okinawan Karate. It took 8 years of dedication and hard work, but it provided valuable friendships and life lessons that I have often relied on throughout my life.

What is your favorite project you worked on and why?
My favorite Commodore project I have been involved with is the DCR Northpoint Project which was a ground-up maintenance headquarters for the Department of Conversation and Recreation in Cambridge’s new Northpoint development. We had a great project team and subcontractors who helped us complete this project on time so DCR could prepare for the busy summer maintenance season. Our project site was a portion of former railyards located in empty land in the middle of the Route 1 ramps that were built as part of the big dig. This meant that we worked closely with multiple government stakeholders, DCR, MA DOT, DCAMM, DEP, and the MBTA to bring this project to fruition. As someone who was still early in their career, it was an amazing learning experience to be working on a ground-up project with a heavy engineering focus in the public/government project realm. I was able to see material from my engineering degree put into practice in real-time and gain a better understanding of how public policy and funding are implemented. I witnessed firsthand the different methods of remediation of hazardous materials on public lands. At its completion, we transformed a former disused and polluted plot of industrial land into a facility that will help to maintain Boston’s world-class public spaces for the next generation of residents.

How did you get into construction?
I come from a family of construction trade professionals. Plumber, Electrician, Carpenter – we have the basics covered. I grew up helping my dad with projects around the house, from trenching in floor drains, laying tile, or building a new deck. I have always been most comfortable working with tangible things. I went to college for civil engineering and while the coursework was interesting, I wanted to make sure I would not be trapped behind a desk for my career and while in college I started working in the Campus Performance Arts Center as a House manager. During my time, I loved the operational aspect of the work I was doing. Each day was different with various clients and events coming through the building each demanding their own unique approach and solutions to pull off each event. I led teams and interfaced with multiple division offices on campus. Construction was the best field for me to combine each of these aspects into a fulfilling career and utilize the skills I had honed throughout my college career.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I once spent 24 straight hours traveling from Boston to Venice Via Dublin, Rome, and Florence very much in the spirit of around the world in 80 days. It took 2 flights, and a train journey to come to fruition. It started by leaving Boston at 6:00 pm on a transatlantic flight which landed in Dublin at 5:45 am just in time to see the sunrise in Europe during a layover. Then transferring to a flight to Rome with just enough time for lunch and then hopping on an Italian railways Frecciarossa “Red Arrow” high-speed train to travel the 245 miles to Venice with stops in Florence, Bologna, and Padova. While on the train we passed through the rolling hills of Tuscany and the snowcapped mountains of the Apennine range with small villages hugging riverbanks and valley floors finally arriving at Venice just in time to have an evening dinner in a moonlit piazza in Venice. It was a life-changing experience to run halfway across the globe in 24 hours. But not something I recommend doing more than once.

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