While he has worked on one of the largest transportation and infrastructure projects in the United States in one of the biggest cities in the world, Nick Orso actually strives for a simpler life. He has designed and is constructing – with the help of some friends – a “mobile cabin” right outside of Philadelphia where he hopes to be able to enjoy nature with his friends and his dog, and take a break from the stresses of modern life. The biggest break from modern life for him was when he did a five-day, 40-mile hike in a remote area of southeastern Peru to an old Incan city called Choquequirao.
Rolling through the city on his skateboard, you’d be hard pressed to find a more enthusiastic person. As a part of Urban’s project management oversight team working on the East Side Access project in New York City, he has helped ensure that the $10 billion project that will link Long Island Railroad commuter service to Manhattan has remained on track. A scheduling and claims project manager with the firm, Nick says that the East Side Access project has been extremely rewarding because it’s high-profile and large-scale. He enjoys taking site tours, especially visiting the new caverns under Grand Central Terminal.
Scheduling was instilled in Nick at an early age, beginning with the chore chart his parents made him follow when he was seven years old. He is proud of this work at Urban, and says that coming to work here is one of the best decisions he’s ever made. “Urban has a great reputation in the engineering world, and there are great people who work here,” he says. “The unique challenges that come with each assignment keep it interesting every day.”