Orla Conlon

Senior Project Manager, Sydney
Turner & Townsend’s Chairman’s Group experience taught me the value of creativity and the skills to think critically and strategically.
Orla Conlon
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I had 11 years’ project architect experience before transitioning into project management four years ago. The combined experience has provided exposure to the full project lifecycle from initial stakeholder briefing through to building handover. In this time I’ve worked across many sectors with a particular focus on government and education, and have delivered both new build and adaptive re-use projects.

I’m currently managing the early design phases and preparation of a state significant development application for a cultural and civic facility in Coffs Harbour. The complex brief includes a library, gallery, museum, exhibition space and café. Inclusivity is a key driver in the client’s project vision which has been adopted by the design as integral to design of the building.

Q. How has your career at Turner & Townsend developed?

A. Since joining Turner & Townsend as a project manager, I’ve progressed to a senior project manager. My role has been varied in this time, including a 18 month secondment working on major projects with State Government. I particularly enjoy the early design phases and setting projects up for delivery and these are areas I’d like to focus my career development.

Q. Detail any specialist skills or experience for which you are known

A. Most days I call on my skills and experience gained in architecture. It has given me a unique insight into the design process from a consultant point of view, and enables me to communicate ideas to the client and the contractor.

Q. What is the emerging trend in your industry specialism and how are you responding to this?

A. Multi-storey timber structure buildings can be readily procured in Europe, but are more of an emerging trend in Australia. We’re currently reviewing contractor procurement models for the cultural and civic facility with the design, supply and construction of timber structure factored into the procurement model decision making; along with key procurement drivers such a cost certainty and a politically driven programme. Early collaboration with a specialist timber contractor is being pursued to control cost and inform programming.

Career highlights

  1. Represented Turner & Townsend in NSW Property Council 500 Women in Property

  2. Member of Turner & Townsend’s Chairman’s Group

  3. Promoted to Senior Project Manager

  4. Joined Turner & Townsend