JNEWS: Barile, Laurence J. [MC1986] does his own thing


Small Business,
Big Projects

September 2012

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With a mechanical engineering degree and several years of experience at a large, Manhattan-based engineering consulting firm under his belt, Laurence J. Barile returned to his roots, a small multidisciplinary firm founded by his father and a partner in White Plains, NY.

That was some 27 years ago, and he has never looked back. Barile literally started from the ground up, sweeping floors from the age of 11 at Damiano Barile Engineers, but after graduating from Manhattan College, he wanted a taste of a larger firm. He was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided drafting and design, and at Syska Hennessey, one of the largest U.S.-based global engineering design firms, he was an early adopter of CAD and drafting software for the firm. He brought those skills to Damiano Barile, where he and the firm have thrived.

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“That consistency and continuity lead to good productivity,” says Barile. “The guy who is there on day 1 of your project is likely to be the guy there on day 101.”

The same continuity also comes from having principal involvement on every project. “The ownership is very close to the people doing the work on the job, and we’re involved,” he says. “There aren’t layers of bureaucracy. The people with the name on the door are intimate with every project.”

The firm is very mindful that it is in the service business. “When someone calls, they can speak with someone whose name is on the door to discuss a problem or issue. Every construction project is going to have problems. It’s not a matter of whether you have problems but how you deal with problems,” says Barile.

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Barile, Laurence J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Laurence is a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953) 

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Barile, Laurence J. [MC1986]

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