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Joseph A. Salvia, P.E

Founding Principal Boston Office

Mr. Salvia has been practicing structural engineering in Boston for over 35 years and has gained experience in virtually all types of structures. Joe is one of the Founding Principals of McNamara Salvia and has designed some of the most widely recognized structures in New England. Joe has been especially innovative in low to mid-rise suburban office buildings, hospitals, and laboratory buildings. Cost-effective structural systems have been developed for many different owner programs. Experience with projects throughout the United States allows the continual infusion of the latest construction techniques to provide for a quality building.

“Each project has to be a business deal that works – before it can become a building.”


Boston University – MBA Program
Tufts University – Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Professional Registration

Massachusetts | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Missouri | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey New York | North Carolina | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | South Carolina | Texas Virginia | West Virginia | Wisconsin | District of Columbia
Since 2002, McNamara Salvia has been the engineer-of-record at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Home of the Boston Red Sox since its opening in 1912, it is the oldest ballpark in MLB. Through decades of use and evolving amenities, Fenway Park has undergone years of renovation to improve accessibility, replace and add signage, and increase capacity. We have designed the iconic 37-foot-high Green Monster Seats in left field and the Budweiser Deck in right field. We have fixed an array of deferred maintenance in the original stadium as a comprehensive historic restoration. Our work has and continues to preserve the history and character of the ballpark while creating a venue that supports both the team and their fan base.
225 Binney Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to Biogen’s six-story world headquarters. The property incorporates two renovated historic buildings combined with a new six-story office building, totaling 325,000 SF overall. The exterior consists of a glass and masonry façade. The structural system involves cast-in-place concrete cores built around the building’s stairs and elevators to provide lateral stability, with structural steel frames for gravity framing support. 225 Binney Street also includes two stories of below-grade parking excavated below the new construction.
Atlantic Wharf is a 32-story mixed-use building on Fort Point Channels waterfront. The 1,790,000 SF LEED Platinum building was Boston’s first green skyscraper. The structure is steel-framed with a concrete core providing resistance to wind and seismic loads. The glass towers base incorporates the previously existing, but renovated eight-story historic Russia and Tufts brick buildings. An eight-story atrium serves as the main entrance with a glass skylight roof. Class A+ office space is offered on 30 stories, totaling 500,000 SF. The Lofts at Atlantic Wharf reside on levels two through seven and include 86 luxury urban units. There is a six-story below-grade parking garage with 650 vehicle spaces and 30,000 SF of retail lines the base of the building. The building was constructed over the MBTA Silver Line tunnel.
Battery Wharf, located in Boston’s North End, is a mixed-use waterfront development. The complex consists of four buildings over a plaza and a two-story, 376-space below-grade parking garage. The 480,000 SF project has 103 luxury residences, the 144-key Battery Wharf hotel and 35,000 SF of retail space. Over half of the steel framed buildings were built over a new precast concrete wharf structure extending 200 feet into the harbor, also lengthening the Boston Harborwalk. The buildings’ lateral systems consist of both concrete-braced frames and ordinary moment frames.

Additional Representative Projects

  • 111 Huntington Avenue – Boston, MA
  • Suffolk University Law School – Boston, MA
  • Trinity Place – Boston, MA
  • American Dream – East Rutherford, NJ
  • World of Disney – Buena Vista, FL
  • 10 Cambridge Center – Cambridge, MA
  • Staples Headquarters – Framingham, MA
  • Liberty Place – Boston, MA
  • Westin Hotel – Boston, MA
  • Nine Zero Hotel – Boston, MA
  • 10 Cambridge Center – Cambridge, MA
  • 3 Com Eastern Headquarters – Marlborough, MA
  • 45 Province Street – Boston, MA
  • 470 Atlantic Avenue Renovations – Boston, MA
  • GTECH Headquarters – Providence, RI
  • Harbor Place – Baltimore, MD
  • Hotel Marlowe – Cambridge, MA
  • Providence Place Mall – Providence, RI
  • Reebok Headquarters – Canton, MA
  • Staten Island Mall – Staten Island, NY