Hospital project worker starts new life in Bendigo

The Bendigo Advertiser is continuing to publish a series of profiles on some of the people helping to build the new Bendigo Hospital.

Dave Hogan is helping design the new Bendigo Hospital - a place his wife Bec aspires to work once she's completed her nursing degree.

Mr Hogan is the senior structural project engineer with IrwinConsult for the multi-million dollar new Bendigo Hospital project.

Mr Hogan, Bec and their two young children Audrey and Mabel moved to Bendigo late last year and plan to stay on once the new hospital is completed.

"We moved especially for the project but we're moving here permanently," Mr Hogan said.

"The company, IrwinConsult, is opening an office sort of the on the back of the project so we'll stay on.

"It's got a nice feel to it for us because my wife went back to university last year to study nursing.

"She has just finished first year, so she's got another couple of years and should graduate about the time the hospital is opening."

Mr Hogan described himself as the "middle man between Lend Lease's builders and the design team in Melbourne".

"I did some of the early design, some of the lateral stability stuff and did all the numbers and computer analysis, then they started building and I came up here," he said.

"Any time Lend Lease want to change something on our drawings or they find something wrong or they think there's an easier way to do it, or if they mess something up, then they come to me first and we work out what they can do.

"That way our design team in Melbourne don't get bothered by them all the time because they're kind of just scrambling to stay ahead of where they're building ... so it's my job to kind of hold the fort."

Mr Hogan said the project was starting to ramp up.

"The first crane's just gone up and it's starting to look a bit more like a real building site at the moment," he said.

"With most sites, the period when you're still in the dirt takes a long time, but once you've got some concrete down things tend to move very, very quickly.

"Just the sheer number of guys on site, it's going to be pretty busy."

Mr Hogan said time was once of the biggest pressures for the project.

"With the job being such a massive project for regional Victoria there's a lot of eyes on the project," he said.

"So any kind of delays or anything like that it will be jumped upon by the media to hold the government to account."

Mr Hogan's resume includes work on the MCG redevelopment - the northern stand and Eureka tower.

Mr Hogan said working on the new Bendigo Hospital project was rewarding.

"I love the fact, doing this role rather than being one of the designers in the office, I get to go and see the building every day," he said.

"It's the best part of being an engineer, being able to say I worked on that, to see your work."

Keep an eye on the Bendigo Advertiser's Hospital HQ page for the next hospital profile. 

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