Tom cements his future

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

TOM Calvert is loving life in Bendigo.

The 25-year-old is a project engineer for Lend Lease and moved to Bendigo to play a role in the new Bendigo Hospital project.

"The site here is fantastic, it's just one big happy family," Mr Calvert said.

"I'm enjoying living in Bendigo, too.

"I'm playing footy at the Sandhurst Footy Club which is saturated with great blokes."

The multi-million dollar hospital build is the biggest in Mr Calvert's portfolio.

"I grew up in Bairnsdale but I've lived in Melbourne for the past six years," he said.

New Bendigo Hospital project is another feather in his cap

"I studied civil engineering at Melbourne University and then worked for a couple of years with Lend Lease on a project, the Melbourne Market relocation project.

AT WORK: Tom Calvert from Lend Lease overlooks the new hospital site. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

AT WORK: Tom Calvert from Lend Lease overlooks the new hospital site. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

"That was a $300 million job.

"It's been really exciting seeing everything take shape for the new hospital project, seeing things going from drawing to reality.

"It's a very fulfilling role and I'm enjoying it.

It's been really exciting seeing everything take shape for the new hospital project ... - Tom Calvert

"The job changes every day and there are plenty of challenges and issues every day.

"But if building was easy, guys like me would be taking a number at Centrelink."

Mr Calvert acts as a link between the design team and project site.

"My responsibility is for the structure of the hospital, in particular all the concrete slabs," he said. 

"I liaise with the design team to ensure we have got all the right information and work pretty closely with the site foreman to ensure the building is constructed in line with four key principals of construction - time, cost, quality and safety."

Mr Calvert said activity on site would start to ramp up in the next few months with 770 jobs to be created by the project.

"There's currently about 150 guys on site. The job is constantly growing," he said.

Keep an eye on the Bendigo Advertiser's Hospital HQ page at www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/hospitalhq/ for the next hospital profile. 

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