We’re thrilled have recently welcomed Mantas Juska to the INTREC team as our NSW Preconstruction Manager.
INTREC have implemented this role to assist in expanding our capacity of being engaged on an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) level. Through ECI engagement we are able to consider all elements of the build, providing solutions during the design and planning phases of construction. By incorporating a buildability perspective in the early phases of design, we can further assist clients to reduce risks during projects and consequently decrease costs.
In this role, Mantas will work collaboratively with our construction, design and project teams, adding to our ever-growing skill base, particularly in an ECI and Design and Construct (D&C) capacity. Mantas will utilise his existing practical experience, stakeholder management abilities and design understanding to aid our clients in setting strong foundations for a project and therefore streamlining the construction process.
How did you choose the property industry for your career?
Ever since a young age, I knew I wanted to work in the property industry. Growing up, I had an interest in architecture and real estate and remember each Saturday, pulling out the “Domain” section of the paper and day-dreaming about building a house.
This thought continued through high school, when I contemplated leaving school early to pursue an apprenticeship. My parents wisely convinced me to stay in school and when I graduated, I looked through what property and construction courses university had to offer. I found a “Bachelor of Construction Management” course, which ticked all the boxes and, as they say, the rest is history.
What have been some of your career defining moments?
I would have to say it was when I moved to California. I decided to quit my job at the end of 2014, after spending a decade in the industry & 7 years with my former employer. I moved to San Francisco at the start of 2015, not having a job, any connections or knowing the local construction industry. The move was definitely out of my comfort zone and required me to be adaptive and resilient.
Over the four and half years I lived and worked there, I had to teach and familiarise myself with local practices, including learning the imperial system and all the applicable Building Codes, Standards etc. I was able to pick this up quickly and by the end of my time, I ended up being a source of knowledge for locals and was able to re-establish my industry presence there. The biggest takeaway from this experience was that it doesn’t matter where I am or what job I’m performing, I know that I’ll be able to adapt and succeed in it.
What unique skills or perspective do you bring to your new role and what do you foresee as your added value for our clients? How do your specialist skills tie into the business as a whole?
The majority of my career has been spent out of the office, onsite, managing and running projects. I have been fortunate enough to have worked on numerous Design & Construct projects and have gained a wealth of knowledge via the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process. This experience has provided me with an in-depth understanding of programming, methodology and buildability, which in turn, affords me the ability to deliver quality projects that align with the clients’ needs.
I’ll be using my experience to serve clients by looking at a project from a holistic level and advising these clients of potential risks in construction (through design review) and provide adequate mitigation and resolution measures to ensure a timely and financially successful outcome for the project and client.
My role will be to promote INTREC’s Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) in new build projects to establish strong foundations for the structures that we are building. I will be working closely with our design team to ensure that all elements of the preconstruction phases are considered and accounted for. This analysis adds a deeper level of planning and aims to ensure that, as per INTREC’s Golden Rule No. 1, there are… No Surprises!
Let’s talk about INTREC for a moment. What is it about INTREC and the role of Preconstruction Manager in NSW that you were most drawn to?
First and foremost, INTREC’s company culture. I have only ever heard good things about INTREC and the enthusiastic and uplifting culture they provide. The company was recommended to me as a great workplace.
I was drawn to INTREC because of their ability to adapt and seize opportunities. INTREC has been evolving with the market to meet new demands, remaining agile and flexible within the industry. Implementing this role is a perfect example of that mindset – INTREC recognise that there is a major benefit to our clients by implementing this level of preconstruction planning and a deeper level of thinking early on in the process. I have been given the opportunity to help develop and expand this company, leading INTREC from strength to strength.
In this role as Preconstruction Manager, I’ll be able to see the fruits of (one’s) labour by converting Early Contractor Involvement to construction projects. I am excited to see the company expand its new build division and create opportunities to grow additional sectors / markets and being an integral part of doing so.
If you would like to discuss an upcoming opportunity or project and learn how INTREC can partner to add value, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Amy Williams, National Client Relationship Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.