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APP graduates - where are they now?

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APP graduates - where are they now?

As our 2017 graduates are now getting settled in their first rotations, we’d like to take this opportunity to report on how some of our previous graduates have grown and developed during their time at APP. We caught up with Peter Alevizos, Su Lynn Lee, Andrew McConnell and Aleisha Lando to find out where they began their careers and where their journey at APP has taken them so far.
APP graduates - where are they now?

Peter Alevizos – Project Manager, NSW

Having begun his career as a Structural Engineer in New York City, Peter decided to pursue a more integrated, people-oriented role in the construction industry, joining APP’s Graduate Program in 2014. The first major project he worked on was a Porsche car dealership redevelopment in Alexandria, Sydney.

On completion of the Graduate Program, Peter chose to work in the Urban Development team. “I chose the Urban team because I have a passion for property and loved the nature of the projects. Additionally, the senior staff in the UD team are all experts at what they do and I saw it as a great opportunity to continue to learn as much as I could from them”.

He typically works on front end development projects where the goal is to achieve a rezoning or undertake a strategic study on a precinct. He’s currently working on a range of projects including South Dural, Campsie, Glenfield Section 94, Badgerys Creek Land Development, Blacktown Health and Barden Ridge to name a few. Peter was promoted to Assistant Project Manager in December 2015 and then to Project Manager in July 2016, and is currently studying a Master of Property Development at UTS.

Su Lynn Lee - Project Engineer (Environmental), NSW

Su Lynn commenced the Graduate Program in December 2014, heading straight into the Environmental team to work on the Barangaroo Remediation Project. This project was particularly interesting for Su Lynn because of her degree in Environmental Engineering and Arts. In her first rotation, Su Lynn also assisted on the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre $600M redevelopment, where APP was the Superintendent. The program also saw her working on the Porsche warehouse renovation and on the Westpac Retail Branch rollout. In July 2015, Su Lynn was seconded into the Barangaroo Development Authority to work on the Remediation Project as a Contracts Administrator.

At the end of 2015, an opportunity opened up in the Infrastructure Team and onto NorthConnex. Since moving into this team, Su Lynn has been promoted to Project Engineer - Environmental.

“NorthConnex is a different project to anything I’ve worked on and I never thought I would go into Infrastructure, but I really love it. It’s more technical and hands-on, going on site regularly to check the progress of works first-hand. It’s also exciting being part of such a large-scale infrastructure project. I have an environmental focus, issuing weekly environmental observation reports, reviewing environmental documentation and attending fortnightly inspections with the client, RMS, the Environmental Representative and the Contractors.”

Andrew McConnell – Project Manager, NSW

Andrew joined the Graduate Program in 2012 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management and after working as an Estimator with a project management firm. Initially joining the Projects division, Andrew began working on the Pirtek Stadium Upgrade, where he managed the construction of the West Stand players change room upgrade, procured and executed the delivery of the players/staff temporary facilities, and managed the overall project cost report.

Once he had completed the program, Andrew chose to work in his original Projects team where he has remained since. “I found the work in this business unit really interesting and felt that I was given a lot of responsibility. I have a keen interest in sports and knew that the Projects team had a lot of experience working on these types of projects. I also felt that I could benefit from the plethora of knowledge my team members had”.

Prior to Christmas 2016, Andrew was working on the NSWRL Centre of Excellence project, which will house NSWRL administration and act as the headquarters for the NSW State of Origin team. He is now working on the redevelopment of Arthur Philip High School and Parramatta Public School, which is currently commencing construction.

Aleisha Lando – Project Manager, VIC

Joining APP’s Melbourne office, Aleisha began the Graduate Program within the Corporate Facilities team, working on the Grand Prix project and then later on the Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre redevelopment. Following the program, Aleisha chose to continue on as part of the Werribee team, seeing the project through to completion. This was a great project for Aleisha to be involved in as a graduate due to the size and complexity of the Pacific Werribee project. Within her three years working on this project, her skill base developed immensely from both a technical and contractual aspect, learning from the knowledge and experience of her team members and other key stakeholders.

Aleisha was promoted to Project Manager in July, 2016 and is currently still working on the Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre as well as working on the tenancy coordination of 360 Collins Street and a refurbishment at Australian Catholic University.