Butler Memorial Hospital

New Inpatient Tower
Butler, PA

Matthew S. Geary
Mechanical Option

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Matthew Geary

Matthew Geary will graduate from The Pennsylvania State University in May 2011 with an Integrated Bachelor/Master of Architectural Engineering degree.  His choice to study architectural engineering with an emphasis in mechanical systems design has allowed him to expand his skill base from what was a solid construction background, to what now is a solid understanding of mechanical design and technical engineering, as well as overall construction management.

Since the age of 13, Matthew has worked for his father’s construction company, Geary Construction.  As a result of working for Geary Construction for such a long period of time, Matt gained extensive knowledge in all areas of the home building industry.  In recent years, Matthew has found himself taking on more of a superintendent role, managing the crew and organizing construction strategy. 

In the spring of 2009, Matthew decided that as a result of his aggressive academic performance, he would be able to take a “semester off” from Penn State in order to gain invaluable work experience in the professional construction industry.  Matthew worked as an intern for P.J. Dick Incorporated located in Pittsburgh, PA.  At P.J. Dick, Matthew was introduced to large scale construction and worked hand in hand with the chief estimator formulating takeoffs, calculating hard bids, and fostering relationships with owners and sub-contractors.  Matthew wasted no time establishing himself as a valuable asset.  Within a short period of time, he found himself solely responsible for bidding his own divisions with minimal supervision.   As a result of taking a semester off, Mr. Geary was afforded the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy during the summer of 2009; and still graduate with an integrated bachelor/master degree in 5 years. 

This past summer Matthew interned with Westinghouse Electric Company based out of Cranberry, PA.  While at Westinghouse, Matthew worked in the New Power Plant (NPP) division, which focuses on the design and construction of new nuclear power plants across the globe.  Matthew gained invaluable experience working with the nuclear power industry by understanding the principles of nuclear power generation, the mechanical systems within the plant, and the construction process of the new AP1000 plant.  He also performed constructability reviews, evaluated drawings, analyzed piping systems to ensure accuracy of the building model, and helped to formulate a master database linking each construction schedule item with a cost estimate and material takeoff.

Mr. Geary is a member of several professional and student organizations including Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honor Society, American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Mechanical Contractors of America Association, and the National Home Builders Association.

His involvement on campus extends beyond academics.  He volunteers for the Red Cross assisting in blood drives.  Matthew is also extremely involved with his fraternity taking on many of the leadership roles within the organization and participating in numerous community service events and philanthropy activities.

Matthew passed the FE Exam in spring of 2010 and will gain EIT status upon graduation.  He is currently seeking full-time employment with an architectural engineering firm ultimately leading to his professional engineer’s license and opportunities for career growth.



contact: geary1121@gmail.com



Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐in‐progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Matt Geary. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

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