Master of all trades

13 December 2012

Thomas Klobucar: "You need to be flexible and adapt to changing situations very quickly."
Thomas Klobucar: "You need to be flexible and adapt to changing situations very quickly."

Thomas Klobucar wears many hats; that of a builder, designer, accountant, procurement specialist, negotiator, lawyer - and that is just for one meeting!

What does he do? Klobucar is a project manager in Campus Infrastructure and Services, managing the delivery of some of the new improved learning and teaching spaces around campus.

"You need to be flexible and adapt to changing situations very quickly.

"I'm basically responsible for the delivery of the project. There may be a number of different contractors on site or involved in a project but ultimately, it is up to me to ensure we deliver what the University needs - from small refurbishments to new buildings," Klobucar said.

Klobucar has worked with the University for five years, starting as a consultant project manager. In that time he has worked on some of the University's most significant infrastructure projects including the New Law Building, Jane Foss Russell Building, Cadigal Green, and the series of state-of-the-art learning hubs such as the PNR and Carslaw buildings, including the extensive upgrades at Fisher Library.

"The University is an exciting place to work. I work on a large, diverse range of projects. One day I might be meeting with Professors to determine their requirements for new space, the next I am ankle deep in mud, inspecting storm water tanks for Cadigal Green," Klobucar said.

In 2012, the CIS projects team delivered 150 projects valued at over $135 million. Over the summer break alone Klobucar will be working on the upgrade of 15 lecture theatres, managing a series of power infrastructure upgrades and completing the final stage of the Fisher Library upgrade.

CIS uses the period of the summer break and before semester starts to complete as many major refurbishments, fit outs and upgrades as possible while there are less students and staff to impact.

"It's important for the University to carry out these infrastructure projects, to improve the experience for our students. For example, the technology in our learning hubs is some of the best in Australia.

"Also, if we fail to continue to upgrade our facilities, it will be more costly in the long run. Not only will our student experience be impacted but the more our buildings deteriorate the more it will cost to maintain them," said Klobucar.