Joe Healy is responsible for some of MATT Construction’s largest and most complex projects, including the Broad in downtown Los Angeles, and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills. His background includes oversight of unique private as well as federal government and international projects.
Joe began his career with a degree in engineering technology, and subsequent work as an electrical contractor building a nuclear power plant. He later worked for a general contractor on large-scale projects, such as the Robert C. Byrd federal courthouse in West Virginia, and restoration of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, a multi-purpose arena that hosts sporting events, concerts and the Miss America Pageant. The 10,500-14,770 seat arena was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Joe joined the MATT team in 2007 having worked on a joint venture with MATT at the Robert E. Coyle U.S. Courthouse, a project with Moore Ruble Yudell and Gruen architects. At MATT, Joe was responsible for the net-zero Conrad N. Hilton Foundation headquarters in Agoura Hills, a unique, LEED Platinum building that employs an HVAC system that uses a buoyancy system and no fans. “It was more complex than a thirteenth-century cathedral,” Joe marvels.
Some of his current expertise is founded in work he did in the Caribbean for a new Viceroy Hotel. “We did the early site work, all the underground utilities, and the retaining walls,” he says. There were 11,000 people on the island, and they had to supplement the labor with workers from Mexico, including setting up work permits, feeding and housing them, getting official approvals, and more.