Our Team

Structural engineers and draftees who are the best in the business

Experience:

MORE THAN 12 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN NEW ZEALAND, ASIA AND THE PACIFIC.

Qualifications:
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)
  • International Professional Engineer (IntPE)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), University of Auckland
  • Member, Engineers for Social Responsibility
  • Associate Professional Certificate in Safety in Design, University of Sydney
  • Member, Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (MIPENZ)
  • Member, Structural Engineering Society New Zealand
  • Member, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering

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.

Work highlights have included:
  • Working in the Solomon Islands on a number of aid infrastructure projects from government offices, courts and correctional facilities through to health clinics and public health laboratories. These projects needed someone who could work well across disciplines and cultures and adapt to a low-tech way of doing things. The country had suffered from a recent period of ‘ethnic tensions’ which had decimated the construction industry, so working with locals to help the industry recover and upskill was really rewarding.
  • Designing most of the foundations for the iconic Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Interests:

I love the outdoors - particularly hiking, kayaking and going on adventures with my kids.