Quality Manager Lorraine Perera takes top honours at NAWIC QLD awards

Seymour Whyte Constructions Quality Manager Lorraine Perera was named winner of the Award for Achievement in Construction – Civil Works at this year’s National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Queensland Awards.

Operations Manager Northern Will MacDonald said, “We chose to nominate Lorraine for this prestigious award in recognition of her professionalism, hard work and brilliance at applying her engineering skills and knowledge to solve complex project issues.

“Lorraine is an inspiration to her co-workers and a deserving winner.”

Of her illustrious 25-year career in engineering, Lorraine has worked with Seymour Whyte Constructions as a Project Quality Manager since 2011. Currently on the Port Drive Upgrade project, Lorraine has previously taken on key roles on major tenders and projects such for the Port of Brisbane Motorway (POBM) and the Gateway Additional Lane Project.

An example of Lorraine’s engineering ingenuity is her work on the Port of Brisbane project, where she studied the relationship between the concrete placement temperature and the heat of hydration of both steam-cured and normally-cured concrete. This understanding improved production efficiencies, resulted in better project outcomes for the client, and also helped her attain formal recognition as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

Lorraine is also the company’s key representative on the Company’s UQ Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Women in Construction program, where she inspires young women to take up the challenge of engineering and empowers her peers in construction to achieve their dreams.

In addition to being an accomplished engineer and a hands-on mother of two, Lorraine has also successfully pursued her dream of property development. Recently, she delivered her own building project, which she created in conjunction with designers, architects and builders and using her civil engineering skills in design, quality and project management.

Lorraine is the second SWC employee to be recognised at the NAWIC Crystal Vision Awards since 2015.

The Crystal Vision Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate the top achievements of women in the construction industry. For more information on the awards, visit NAWIC