Company:Aspec Construction Ltd, Auckland
Project:Mackelvie St Redevelopment, Ponsonby, Auckland
Role:Site Manager/Cadet Mentor
This was a project that saw a highly designed precast structure erected on a very tight site on a busy thoroughfare. The urban location, along with the requirement to share the site access with multiple commercial tenancies in the vicinity, required several innovative and forward-thinking management and planning solutions.
One example of David using some lateral thinking, was the design and construction of a steel gantry, which enabled the Aspec site office and associated contractor storage and amenities to be suspended above the site’s access lane. This kept the thoroughfare open, and the rear tenants happy.
Site challenges included finding significant contaminants on the site, and the discovery of poor ground conditions. Examples included the unearthing of large petrol containers, sewer lines, and asbestos. None of which were foreseen, or had been allowed for in the original construction methodology.
David had to manage 250+ personnel across 58 subtrades, with many of the onsite staff not being fluent in English. To overcome, David introduced a free google translator, which converted Aspec’s instructions/descriptors into the languages commonly used by those on site. Other mobile technologies such as SnagR and CATPLan were implemented on this project.
David is very proactive, energetic, and an inspiring inclusive leader. He is an enabler, who embraces and implements new technologies with confidence and verve.