BRENDAN DONNELL

ENGINEER

Senior structural engineer, with more than 12 years’ experience in New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. I have experience of designing a range of structures - from commercial, industrial and multi-storey residential buildings to medical facilities, liquid retaining structures, power plants, educational and community facilities and sports stadia.

I am passionate about delivering successful projects that help clients to thrive and, ultimately, benefit the wider community.

 

This involves working with clients to overcome both conceptual and detailed problems; finding ways to strengthen old buildings cheaply and cunningly, providing architects with great designs with the minimum of hassle, helping contractors build as quickly and easily as possible, peer-reviewing large engineering firms’ work and meeting deadlines.

 

I enjoy using the architect’s or client’s design objectives to drive innovation in the structure. Technical challenges excite me because they force me to do things in a new or smarter way. Both these things allow us to achieve a legacy. For example, on the University of Auckland’s Engineering School project, I collaborated closely with the design team to achieve an aesthetic result in the structural steelwork detailing, as well as structural performance.

 

If you work with me you can expect a good quality design, delivered to the agreed programme, and clear communication throughout the process. I start by listening and really understanding what you want to achieve and then am methodical in the way I plan and execute my work both in terms of design and communication back to the client and to the wider project team. I talk to the architect to understand which aspects of their design are sorted and which are in flux so I can maintain flexibility for areas still being worked through. This results in a smoother, quicker process by minimising re-work. 

The University of Auckland’s Engineering School is a key recent project of mine; other career highlights include:
  • Mercy Ascot Hospital redevelopment.

  • Jervois Rd apartments; 5 storeys of luxury apartments built over a 3-storey basement. What a view!

  • Mangere Arts Centre, a hub for arts & culture in South Auckland.

  • Designing foundations for the iconic Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

  • Working in the Solomon Islands on a number of aid infrastructure projects. The country had suffered from ethnic conflict which had decimated the construction industry, so working with locals to help the industry recover and upskill was really rewarding.

 

Qualifications:
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)

  • International Professional Engineer (IntPE)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), University of Auckland 

  • Executive Member, Engineers for Social Responsibility

  • Associate Professional Certificate in Safety in Design, University of Sydney

  • Chartered Member, Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ)

  • Member, Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand

  • Member, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering

Geyser Building (Suite 207),

100 Parnell Road, Parnell

Auckland 1052

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