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Meet Grant Maxwell, NZ Geotechnical & Structural Discipline Leader at Stantec

Maxwell Grant

How do you describe your role to family and friends?

My kids tell their friends and teachers that ‘Dad tells people what to do!…’ however I prefer to describe my role within Stantec as leading great people to deliver great projects for clients. On the PGF project my role is leading the engineering inputs from the wide range of skillsets to ensure collaboration. 

What is your proudest moment in your role so far?

The first year of the PGF was a bit of a blur with so much activity on the two roads inspecting bridges, carrying out geotechnical investigations and trying to prioritise the large volume of improvements we wanted to include in the funding, so its difficult to pick one moment there. I think now seeing construction works progressing and the upcoming larger construction projects being programmed is a great milestone. 

What is the most exciting aspect of working on the Porangahau and Wimbledon Rd Upgrade Project?

This project has some significant community outcomes associated with it which is great to see. Seeing a safer and more resilient section of road will be so important for the community.

What is one thing about working on land transport / roading projects that people might not know?

These type of projects require patience. We would all love to see construction works happen quickly but many people don’t understand the processes involved with planning, optioneering, investigating, designing and procuring and the length of time each takes to develop the best project outcomes. There are also a lot of groups and stakeholders who need to be consulted to ensure the community is informed.

What is one element of the Porangahau and Wimbledon Road Upgrade that you are most looking forward to completing?

Definitely the Flaxmill Project involving improving the resilience of the road around the Wetland. I would also love to see the wetland restored to be a thriving natural habitat and culturally significant area that it once was.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Delegate. I find the best way to get things done is to surround yourself with the best people. In my busy role having a great team is so important and absolutely the most enjoyable way to work.

If you could automate one part of your job, what would it be?

Answering emails for sure! There never seems to be enough time in the day to keep my inbox in check.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without at work?

Coffee – the best breaks from a busy day involve a good brew and laugher.

What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?

Spend time with my family. We are really big on quality time so we play sport together, waterski and go away for weekends regularly. As the kids have grown up I have come to value our quality time even more.

Best minute of your life so far?

Wow – so many! Number one would be marrying my lovely wife.

What is your favourite place or thing to do in Central Hawke’s Bay?

I love meeting people and think everyone has an interesting story or perspective on life. I really enjoy meeting new people in CHB.

11 February 2021

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