THG Leadership Spotlight: Getting to Know Jason Squitiere

Do you have a favorite project that you have worked on with The Harman Group?

3737 Chestnut Street is my favorite project. This was my first tall building, and my first concrete super structure.  I learned more on this project than on any other project before, and I am very proud of the completed structure.  There’s nothing like designing a tall building, watching it get built, and standing on top of it when it is completed!

What do you enjoy most about working at The Harman Group?

The best part about The Harman Group is the wide variety of exciting projects I get to work on.  All at once this year I was working on a new 6-story residential project (The National) in Old City Philadelphia directly adjacent to the oldest residential street in the country (Elfreth’s Alley), a new 18-story structural steel and plank building (The View II) on the Temple University campus, and designing the support structure to attach a new zipline ride to the existing Foxwoods Casino hotel tower in Mashantucket CT; a building that I actually helped design 11 years ago with The Harman Group.

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Malcolm Bland, Joe Briscella, Ryan Renzi, and Jason Squitiere celebrate the groundbreaking of The National

Is there a dream project that you would like to work on?

I would love to work on a project that changes the skyline of Philadelphia.

Can you share a story about what you feel is your biggest professional career accomplishment?

I get my greatest sense of accomplishment any time I can teach something to a young engineer.  I frequently look back to when I was a young engineer starting out, and I remember how lost I felt.  I take every opportunity I can to answer questions and offer advice.  Engineering can be daunting and even scary sometimes, but with your peers there to guide you along the way it can be very enjoyable.

Outside of your work, are you involved in any other organizations or nonprofits?

I am a professional member of Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).  Outside of my profession, I support the Chester County SPCA.

What is your favorite/most challenging part of your job?

The favorite part of my job is seeing projects get built.  There is no greater thrill than seeing the design that you have worked so hard on go from paper drawings to a real structure.  I love being able to walk by and point to a building that I designed and proudly say that I helped make that project a reality.

What trend is exciting you most?

I would love to see the urban development of Philadelphia continue.  The Schuylkill Yards concept is very exciting.  Converting the barren train yards on the west bank of the Schuylkill River into a vibrant community space is a commendable concept that I hope becomes a reality.  It would be even better if I could contribute to its design!

What do you like to do when not at work?

 

I enjoy hiking with my wife Meredith and our dog, Abby.  Hiking is both relaxing and rewarding at the same time.  I like hiking mountains especially, for both the views and the feeling of accomplishment when you reach the summit.

I also enjoy driving my 1994 Miata on different race tracks around the northeast.  Driving on a racetrack takes an immense amount of mental and physical focus.  When I’m driving on track there is absolutely nothing else that I am thinking of… there’s no room for it!