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On a cold and wet day in Brisbane, we caught up with Ryan Marschke, GRC Resources & Infrastructure Manager, to reflect on his 10 years at GRC. From humble beginnings as a student cadet, Ryan’s determination and drive has seen him achieve more in his career than most people twice his age.
How did you get started in the quantity surveying profession?
I started at GRC as a student but had absolutely no idea what I was getting into at the time. I was completely green and found it overwhelming at first. I had no idea how multi-faceted the quantity surveying profession was or how we could create value on projects. Fortunately, the cadet programme that I went through offered loads of mentorship and practical ‘boots on the ground’ experience which steered me in the right direction.
As a student, did you ever imagine that you would lead the GRC Resources & Infrastructure team?
Not at all. It seems like life has flashed by and here I am. I’ve put a lot of effort into developing my quantity surveying expertise and leadership skills. Fortunately, I had a lot of support along the way. Norm Quick was a positive influence and a fantastic mentor. Neville Cottrell was also a supportive presence throughout my career. Stuart Gray was a strong leader who provided me with a lot of direction.
You are also a partner in the GRC business. How did this come about?
Although I was quite young at the time, the GRC leadership team believed that I had potential and gave me the opportunity to join the partnership. I jumped at the chance to be part of such a strong company.
You appear very determined to provide your clients with ‘value’. Can you explain this?
I’m all about creating more value for our clients. As a team, we often work on complex and challenging jobs where our clients need trusted specialist support. If we’re not protecting our clients’ interests by managing risk, value engineering, or making a positive difference, we’ll remove ourselves from the job.
What jobs are you working on right now?
We’re very proud to be working on some of the biggest infrastructure and resources projects across Australia and New Zealand. In North Queensland, we’re working on the Amrun Export Facility. In South East Queensland, we’re working on the Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade, Gateway Upgrade North, Logan Motorway Enhancement and Gold Coast Light Rail 2. In New South Wales and Victoria our projects include Westconnex M5 & M4 East, Newcastle Light Rail and Melbourne High Capacity Metro Trains. We’re also working on a few jobs in New Zealand including the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative.
It’s an exciting time for us right now. We have a strong team that can handle any job that comes their way. Our clients trust us to deliver great results and we enjoy making that happen. GRC is also celebrating 30 years in business and we’ve recently relocated our head office to the Coronation Drive Office Precinct to support our growing team. As a business, we’ve never been stronger.
One final question: Name one work day that you would like to relive.
Some of GRC’s social events have been outstanding… does that count? No seriously, the people at GRC are like my family. It sounds trite, but I get to work with my best mates every day. We’ve had so many good times together. There’s not one specific day; there are a whole bunch of days.
For more information on GRC Resources & Infrastructure projects click here.