Name: Russell Burnett
Position: Senior Project Manager
Russell has developed expertise in greenfield project management across all spectrums of the market through more than 35 years industry experience.
As an accredited Housing Industry of Australia GreenSmart professional, he has developed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of passive solar design and its implementation in urban design and development.
He has also built up a comprehensive command of urban water sensitive design principles and implementation. His extensive industry knowledge base is evidenced by his service on past and present industry and government committees.
Russell was engaged as a Senior Project Manager by Peet Ltd to work on its Carramar and Lakelands projects in Mandurah, a 2,500 lot master planned project which incorporates two major wetlands. Public open space areas were located to retain existing fauna, as well as mature trees within the development.
Since its launch in 2003, the project has been consistently in the top two best sellers in Mandurah by volume with continual maximisation of prices. The project has been honoured with several leading industry awards including the 2006 UDIA WA Awards for Excellence - Sustainable Urban Development Award and the 2005 HIA-GreenSmart (WA) - Development of the Year.
Russell also worked as Project Manager as the St Johns Wood Estate in Mount Claremont, Perth, Western Australia. The project required resolution of many complex and unique factors including keeping the local hospital operational and ensuring the safety of the patients, while demolition and construction activities went on around it. The project scope included the retention of historical buildings, recognition of the land form, addressing existing servicing infrastructure, abstraction of methane gas from the adjoining refuse site and the creation of a district road system.
Russell also worked on the first passive solar estate of its kind in Kingsley, Perth, Western Australia, in the late 1980s. The development incorporated solar-orientated lots each with detailed single and double storey solar building envelopes. Extensive negotiations were required, with the then West Australian Solar Research Institute of WA, to ensure the solar principles were achieved while ensuring the estate was financially viable.
“A Project Manager, regardless of the size or value of the project, needs to provide leadership in creating a team environment in order to get the very best from consultants’ experience, knowledge and ideas. This allows the Project Manager to facilitate the aspirations of the client and to provide for a lasting and sustainable project.”