True Craftsmanship


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– By John Boley

May Constructions Pty Ltd describes itself as “a medium-sized building contractor established in 1991 by Peter May”. The company has a consistent record of achieving short construction periods whilst maintaining the highest level of quality. Most of its business is won via word-of-mouth recommendation and May has a proven ability to successfully manage many diverse projects of varied size and complexity, covering both residential and commercial activity.

The company’s main focus is on light commercial projects, and includes school extensions and refurbishments, church and community facilities, retail and commercial premises, warehouse/factory extensions and alterations, and multi-use developments. In addition to the construction of commercial buildings, May Constructions also offers services in project management and consulting.

Among school projects the company is proud of, and which are featured on its own website, are works on Ivanhoe Grammar School, Doreen, St Charles Borromeo Primary School, Templestowe, the Greek Orthodox School, Oakleigh, the Knox School, Knox and Kingswood College, Box Hill. Community and commercial projects (see also sidebar) include such diverse buildings as Olinda Police Station, Serrell St Uniting Church, Malvern East, Dough Buoys Doughnuts and ‘The Garage’ on Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.

The company is no stranger to awards and in a recent HIA Australian Bathroom Project of the Year competition the judges awarded May Constructions a perfect score for craftsmanship, commenting: “Using a minimalist look and an outstanding use of materials, this bathroom met the clients’ brief for a sleek contemporary bathroom without compromising on the quality of materials. It is an innovative use of space, design and materials.”

According to the company, most commercial work is carried out with the client/tenant in situ, when it is essential that business can continue with minimal disruption. In such circumstances superior results have been achieved through meticulous planning and effective communication, and the company prides itself on being able to carry out the work in such an efficient manner.

May Constructions continues to enjoy measured growth and it is company policy to provide professional, reliable and effective service through the use of qualified, experienced staff and proven work procedures; company staff and management recognise that being consistent with both its product and its quality of service will ensure maximum client satisfaction, repeat business and continued growth.

Peter May himself holds a Bachelor of Building qualification from RMIT and has many years experience both on the tools and in managing projects including institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential. Mr May’s professional training and practical experience provide the solid foundation upon which May Constructions has built its reputation. May Constructions’ General Manager is Colleen O’Brien, who since 2008 has also served as president of HIA Victoria, the first female president in Victoria’s history (see also sidebar). Ms O’Brien is also an active member of the Victorian Small Business Advisory Council and a mother of three.

In addition to the top management, May’s professionally qualified and experienced office staff include a construction manager, business manager, project manager, quantity surveyor, estimator, contracts administrator, finance officer, and graduate/trainee. In addition, site staff comprise foremen/supervisors, carpenters and apprentice carpenters. Core site staff are supplemented on an as-needed basis and sub-contractors complete the balance of work.

May Constructions recognises and is committed to its responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of its employees, operating the FJ Systems Occupational Health & Safety Management System. This is based on WorkCover’s SafetyMAP Edition 3 Audit System. As a result, May has an excellent safety record and promotes safety awareness, training and responsibility for all its staff.

May Constructions is pre-registered with the Department of Infrastructure, is an active member of industry associations and holds Executive Committee membership of the Housing Industry Association.

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July 14, 2020, 2:06 PM AEST