Project Director, Victoria
#A lifelong obsession becomes reality
For Tessa Guastavino, buildings have been a lifelong obsession. The Victoria-based Project Director admits to having a natural curiosity for wanting to understand structures.
“Since I was little, I was creating and designing houses and other structures out of anything I could find.”
Having studied engineering and architecture, she quickly realised her desire to be part of the construction industry and went on to work in several different parts of the world. Her extensive technical background and strong problem-solving skills eventually led her to the Middle East with BESIX. When Watpac became part of the BESIX Group in December 2018, Tessa saw an opportunity to grow with a company that shared her passion and potential.
“BESIX Watpac has the ability to grow exponentially over the next few years to become one of the key players in the Tier 1 space in Australia,” Tessa predicts.
Far from being perturbed by being a woman in a male-dominated industry, Tessa uses it as motivation to succeed, calling on wise words imparted by a manager early in her career: “If you want to be part of the dance, don’t wait to get invited – you better step into the dance yourself.”
True to form, she has found her feet quickly since joining the company in October 2019.
Tessa has long term ambitions to become a Chief Operations Officer, but for now she’s focused on work within the Operations branch. Her genuine enthusiasm is palpable.
“Every day is different, and it is never what you thought it was going to be at the beginning of the day. The rush of activities and real-time construction makes for a day that is ever evolving. It keeps you on your toes, ready for the next challenge.”
You can almost picture the little girl who gathered everything from toy blocks to sticks to build tiny structures. The scale has changed, but the passion remains. Now, her work changes lives.
“You’re actually creating a building – be it a hospital, a school or a home – that will contribute to the quality of life of people who will benefit from what you’ve built,” she says.
“It’s hard to beat that feeling.”