From designing our modular buildings and documenting the designs for construction right through to coordinating the many trades in our factory and making sure the building materials arrive on time, it takes an amazing crew of people to run Modscape.
Today we introduce Mary Thompson, one of Modscape’s Project Supervisors.
Tell us a little about what you do at Modscape?
My job involves a lot of problem solving! After a Modscape home or commercial project is installed, I make sure all the finishing details are complete before handover. I also help fix any defects and make sure the clients are happy with the result. Day-to-day I’m coordinating Modcape trades and sub-contractors across multiple sites throughout Victoria, making sure they have the materials and supplies they need to get the job done. It feels like a lot of juggling as work is often on-the-fly, but it keeps me on my toes and the job interesting.
What do you like about working at Modscape?
I like how in my role, no two days are same – Monday I could be in Apollo Bay liaising with a client to rectify an issue; Wednesday, completing last-minute touches to a school; and by Friday back in the office figuring out where the trades need to be for the week ahead.
I love working outside and being surrounded by creative people who produce beautiful results. I’m constantly in awe of the fact that it can be an empty site one day and a fully-fledged home the next – the detail that goes into a project is astounding.
What’s your background?
I was exposed to the building industry from a young age – one of my earliest memories is cleaning recycled bricks with a toothbrush! But I’ve worked in a number of jobs across a number of industries – I’ve been a merchandiser and retail window-dresser in Perth, I’ve worked in the mines in regional Western Australia and I worked at Space furniture showroom in Sydney as a design consultant for eight years. In my current role at Modscape I draw on skills that I’ve learnt from every single one of them – attention to detail and strong communication skills are essential.
What are the values that drive you?
Having pride in my work. And being open and honest with clients and trades so that expectations can be met.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Outside of work you’ll find me painting, walking along the Bay Trail or swimming. I haven’t been in the water much this winter, but I popped into the sea after completing a job in Apollo Bay the other week.
Favourite design magazine or blog?
I’m a sucker for Grand Designs and the cheesy renovation shows. I’m a big reality TV fan (don’t judge me please), so the drama in the shows suit my tastes.