Joseph Peznola: Leading the Industry in Complex, High Density Commercial & Residential Developments


Hancock Associates wins the 2022 Engineering Firm of the Year

BOSTON- Since 1978, Hancock Associates has been providing land surveying, civil engineering and wetland science services throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Comprised of talented surveyors, engineers and scientists dedicated to excellence in land/coastal development, construction and preservation, the firm has maintained their position as an industry leader through their investment in exceptional staff, state-of-the-art equipment/technology and acquisition of multiple surveying and engineering firms, and historical survey records dating back to 1852.

Photo: Waterfront Square in Revere MA, overhead (photo courtesy of Hancock Associates)

Hancock Associates has been a leader in the land development industry since 1978. Their civil engineering, land surveying and wetland science experts provide services in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island through offices located in Boston, Brockton, Chelmsford, Danvers, Marlborough, Newburyport, Palmer and Princeton, MA and Concord, NH. They have extensive experience in residential, commercial and retail development, infrastructure, multi-unit housing, transit-oriented developments, hospitals, assisted-care facilities, medical buildings, school and university improvements, and quarry and landfill sites.

Photo: Overlook Ridge in Malden/Revere MA, exterior (photo courtesy of Hancock Associates)

Hancock’s professional staff is licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island and offers specialized credentials including OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training and MassDOT, MBTA and AMTRAK Contractor Safety Training. Their skills, experience, dedication to ongoing training and pursuit of technological advances in equipment, computers and software are the foundation for the firm’s success.

The engineers at Hancock Associates are experienced in all facets of engineering design required to obtain permits for residential and commercial developments including land planning and project representation. They are skilled in the design of roadways, site grading, water distribution networks, sewer collection systems with or without pumping stations and stormwater management facilities including hydrologic/hydraulic analyses. The Hancock team is well respected by boards and commissions for its unique body of expertise and thorough and straightforward style that expedites approval processes and by clients for its expert guidance and innovative solutions.

Hancock’s land surveying staff provides a wide range of services from cadastal, topographic and ALTA title insurance surveys to construction layout and GPS. Their wetland scientists are experts in wetland delineation, soil evaluations, wetland functional assessment, construction design, regulatory permitting and applicant representation. All three departments work together seamlessly to ensure the successful completion of every project. Recent projects include East Pier in Boston, Overlook Ridge in Malden/Revere, Waterfront Square in Revere and Green District in Marlborough.

Joseph Peznola, PE
Director of Engineering, Hancock Associates

Their Director of Engineering, Joseph Peznola, PE has over 30 years of experience in land development including technical quality control and assurance, strategic planning, business development and project management. As the Director of Engineering at Hancock Associates, he oversees engineering operations across Hancock’s nine offices and manages a staff of over 25 engineers and scientists. Peznola is held in high regard for his expertise in the development of multi-family and affordable housing developments and is often requested by communities to assist Zoning Boards reviewing large complex projects. The Massachusetts Housing Partnership recently retained Peznola to assist in a training program to Massachusetts cities and towns planning to implement the legislature’s MBTA Communities Housing Act. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Certified Soil Evaluator in Massachusetts and Licensed Septic Designer in New Hampshire.

When asked about its five-year growth plan by the Boston Real Estate Times, Hancock Associates said that the firm will continue to serve multiple markets and geographic regions over the next five years. They remarked, “We expect a surge in growth with our work on multi-unit housing in MBTA Communities due to the recent signing of a bill by Governor Baker expanding the ‘By-right’ zoning. We also expect continued growth with much-needed infrastructure improvement projects for MassDOT and local communities, and expansion of our work in the Granite State through Joe Peznola’s leadership in our Concord, New Hampshire office.”

All the 2022 Excellence Awards winners were honored in the award ceremony at the Boston Real Estate Times Excellence Awards gala on Oct. 6, at the Burlington Marriott hotel in Burlington, MA. For more information on Hancock Associates, please visit their website at