Building experience and expertise leads to a lasting legacy and wisdom.
Our Construction Manager, Frank, is a treasure trove of knowledge and wisdom when it comes to construction.
With a number of years under his belt, his seasoned expertise in construction isn’t just about getting the job done but guiding and mentoring the next generation who are now stepping into this dynamic industry.
Tell us a little bit more about your role as Construction Manager at Alchemy.
As the Construction Manager, I’m responsible for overseeing, advising and supporting our construction teams on all matters concerning the day-to-day management of the projects – including; providing technical expertise for the timely resolution of any budget, contractual or construct-ability issues impacting the projects throughout the life-cycle of the projects from pre-construction, construction, through to completion/handover.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I started as an apprentice carpenter back in 1977 working for EA Watts Construction, who back then was a Tier one building company working on some landmark projects in Melbourne and other states throughout Australia.
What has changed for the better since you began in the industry?
The industry is a lot safer than when I first started. This is a great change for our industry because the best day in construction is the one that ends with everyone going home to their family/friends and loved ones without injury!
“Having gained extensive construction knowledge over the years in this industry, I am very proud to be in a position where I can now pass on this knowledge to our construction teams and also mentor our younger team members. “
What has been the best part about your career in construction so far?
Being able to look back on the large number of projects I have worked on over the years (too many to list) and the amazing talented people I have met and worked with along the way, who in some cases, have become life-long friends.
What advice would you give to young people who have an interest in entering the construction industry?
Do it, because the satisfaction you will get being part of a construction team, building something that in some cases will survive for many years longer than we do on this planet, is second to none!
What makes you proud to work in construction?
Having gained extensive construction knowledge over the years in this industry, I am very proud to be in a position where I can now pass on this knowledge to our construction teams and also mentor our younger team members.
What is your building of impact?[The Rialto] is my pick for my building of impact. Why you ask? Simple! Because I worked on this building, specifically the external curtain wall facade of this Melbourne landmark during its construction back in the early to mid-1980’s. Not only was it Melbourne’s first skyscraper, at that time, it was also the tallest office building in the Southern Hemisphere and a true challenge for any construction company – then and now.