Inspiring the Next Generation

UTS Built Environment Association (UTS BEA) student Angelique was given exclusive site access to Estia Health St Ives as part of 2022’s Buddy Day.

Joining Estia Health St Ives’ project team, UTS student Angelique was given behind-the-scenes access to the $32 million project that will transform six local residential blocks into a 118 resident place aged care development.

Diarmuid O’Flaherty, Project Manager, David Tran, Project Engineer, Jack Geale, Design Manager and Glenn Harris, Senior Site Manager shared first-hand insights into the career paths made available by pursuing STEM degrees, exploring the complementary relationship between site experience and theoretical studies.

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Over the course of the day, Angelique was exposed to bulk excavation, cut and fill activities and civil stormwater works all associated with early works on the project.

Focusing on the aged care facility’s end user requirements, Diarmuid explained the importance of this development for both the local community and future residents. The project has been designed to connect with the local character, providing a peaceful and positive space that fosters a genuine sense of community. Upon completion, the development will offer varying levels of care to support residents across their diverse stages of life and needs, including a specific wing for dementia care.

Reflecting on the UTS BEA Buddy Day, Angelique said,

I enjoyed talking to the team and learning more about their roles, including design management and project engineering. It was great making connections with leaders within the industry – thank you for this opportunity!