From Classroom to Construction Site

Three UTS Built Environment Association (BEA) students were given behind-the-scenes access to Powerhouse Museums Discovery Centre as part of 2022’s Buddy Day.

Wenzi, Rievangeline and Alessandro experienced a unique opportunity to shadow Steve Ziaziaris, Senior Project Manager, during an interactive onsite tour. Valued at $29.3 million, the state-of-the-art Powerhouse Museums facility encompasses site preparation and associated demolition, construction of the new Building J, subdivision and related works. 

Over the course of the day, students gained exposure to a variety of construction streams such as contracts administration, design management and site engineering. They were also fortunate to be see a concrete pour in progress and the preparation of two separate and different types of suspended slabs. Steve focused on Taylor’s unwavering commitment to safety, exploring our Bringing Safety Home and Zero Harm initiatives, the importance of relationship building and the practicalities of day-to-day operations. 

Meeting with Simon Chow, Design Manager, students got first-hand experience into the pre-construction process, exploring 3D models that demonstrated the importance of comprehensive coordination between structure and services to deliver the Architects’ vision. 

Speaking with Jason Gikler, Site Engineer, Wenzi, Rievangeline and Alessandro gained valuable insights and information about quality control, programming and procurement. 

Reflecting on UTS BEA Buddy Day, Alessandro said, “This event was one of the best experiences. It was a true showcase of what life is like onsite…the Taylor team are absolutely incredible.” 

Wenzi added to this, stating, “Venturing onto a large construction site and seeing the details helped me put my theory work into practice. Steve was an amazing and enthusiastic Project Manager who engaged with us at every step of the site tour. This experience with Taylor has left a positive impact on me.”