Skanska USA Hires John Roma as New England Area Manager for Underpinning and Foundation Operations

Press release 2/18/2014 10:58 AM EST

Skanska USA has hired industry veteran John Roma as New England area manager for Underpinning and Foundation Skanska, a leading deep-foundation specialty contractor headquartered in New York City.

In his new role, Roma brings Skanska’s vast foundation and underpinning services to the Greater Boston area to improve the region’s infrastructure. Roma currently supports Skanska’s work on the Fore River Bridge and will be supporting Skanska’s work on the Longfellow Bridge project.

Roma brings more than 44 years of geotechnical and foundation construction experience to Skanska. He has facilitated many complex projects integral to preserving Greater Boston’s built environment, including the internal bracing installation and removal for the excavation support wall of Boston’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

“John is a renowned industry veteran in Boston. He has spent years advancing and promoting the foundation industry and introducing new and innovative techniques that support Boston’s key structures,” said Ed Forte, president of Underpinning and Foundation Skanska. “As Skanska continues to grow throughout Greater Boston, I am confident John’s outstanding leadership, coupled with his extensive background and knowledge of the Boston area, offer the region a strong resource for foundation work that preserves the history of the city of Boston, while creating the foundations for new, lasting structures.”

Roma will be based in Boston.

Prior to Skanska, Roma served as New England area manager for Weeks Marine.  He has also served as vice president and New England manager for New England Foundation Company and Raito, Inc.

Roma graduated from the Wentworth Institute of Technology with an associate’s degree in civil/highway engineering technology. He also has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s of business administration from Northeastern University. In addition, Roma has a master’s of science/geotechnical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

He is currently the president of the Foundation and Marine Contractors Association of New England, Inc., and a member of the American Society of Engineers, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Industrial Professional Advisory Committee for Construction Management, and the Deep Foundations Institute.

Underpinning and Foundation Skanska is a leading deep foundations contractor, founded in New York City in 1897. Known for its work on such famous structures as the New York Stock Exchange, the 1964 World’s Fairgrounds, the new Yankee Stadium, the AirTrain at JFK Airport and various World Trade Center reconstruction projects, the firm has also worked on projects across the country including the BART subway in San Francisco and the Walt Disney World Monorail in Orlando, FL.