Andrew started with Beca in 1999, and has since spent time in our Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne offices. From summer intern to the Section Manager of the Buildings Group in Australia, Andrew has had a career full of challenge, mobility, change and variety. He gives us some insight into what life is like at Beca, what motivates him and how he's making every day better for our clients and communities.
What attracted you to Beca?
I actually started as a summer intern [in the Auckland Building Services team]. After a few months here I knew it would be a great place to start my career; there was so much experience in the senior people around I was working with, and they were all willing to help me get my career off to a good start. Fast forward 18 years and I’m still here with no plans to move on!
What sort of projects have you been involved in?
I have been involved in a wide range of projects throughout my career. Hospitals, data centres, commercial offices, a desalination plant and train stations, to name a few.
What has been your favourite accomplishment at Beca?
Too many to choose! I think the delivery of the Victorian Desalination Plant still remains a standout for me. I have an amazing sense of pride knowing I’ve been involved in such a significant piece of infrastructure… After all, we drink water every day!
What gets you out of bed every morning?
Our young, growing team is full of great energy. They make it is easy to get out of bed for, and make me want to do my part in making our team successful.
How does the work you do ‘make everyday better’ for our clients and communities?
Buildings are the cornerstone of our built society – they are places to work, live, create and enjoy life. Our team provides solutions that people interact with (the lighting, the temperature control) so a ‘good’ design from our team provides comfort for the building users and low running costs for the building owners.
What advice would you give to graduates or developing professionals?
I remember it being quite a shock going from university to professional life. In consulting it is all about people, so make sure you connect with your fellow graduates and those who are a few years ahead of you. We are all here to help each other.
What does the next 12 months hold for you?
I have an exciting 12 months ahead! We will be advancing our automation of the design process, using the power of Revit and Dynamo. This will ultimately free up our engineers to spend more time with our clients to truly understand their needs.
I have worked in four of our Beca offices during my career and the thing that has consistently stood out to me is the people and how welcoming they have been.
Section Manager - Buildings Group, Australia