Handy job for former student

Graduate tasked with rebuilding his old school

Ewan McDonaldA former construction management student at Robert Gordon University found himself with an unexpected brief in his new job – designing a replacement for the building in which he studied.

Eight years after graduating, Ewan McDonald, 32, returned to the university’s Garthdee campus in the role of project manager with Kier Construction for the new Scott Sutherland School.

Ewan spent six years working as a bricklayer before making the decision to study construction design and management at the school.

“It’s an unusual opportunity to be able to be involved in the replacement of the facility that I studied in,” he said. “When I heard that Kier had won the contract I was very keen to be involved with the project.

“My links with the Scott Sutherland School have been helpful as I knew a lot of the staff. I worked as part of the project management team on the new building, with key tasks including organising the day to day running of the project, controlling costs and reporting and liaison with the client. Health, safety and environmental matters on site were also part of my role.”

Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction’s Scotland and north-east England business, said: “It was an easy decision to get Ewan involved in this exciting project, given the significant role the Scott Sutherland School has played in his professional development.”

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