Established in 2005, Palmerston North builders Dawson & Gerrard Ltd had a “very busy” 2017 and 2018 looks like it is shaping up to be the same. Jason Dawson has been building for 26 years while fellow owner and director Ken Gerrard has 16 years’ experience.
Together they have grown the company to now employ 14 staff. Construction manager and Jason’s dad, Gary Dawson, has amassed nearly half a century in the building and construction sectors, including working for Wilson Construction before managing his own company in the Horowhenua.
“I ran a precast concrete panel yard before starting with Dawson & Gerrard in May 2012,” Gary explains.
The company recently completed work on a new Kindercare early childhood centre on the corner of Roy and Featherston Streets in Palmerston North. Gary says he scheduled 11 months to complete the project and the construction phase went very well throughout.
“Jason had responsibility from go to wo on the project and throughout the build up to seven of our carpenters were involved.”
The only change to the original design came in the form of installation of a sprinkler system given children would be housed upstairs. Fortunately this addition occurred early on in the build so that no retroﬁtting issues occurred says Gary.
“I guess looking back on the build our biggest challenge was dealing with the weather.
“We normally get a lot of wind here but we were having to work in constantly wet conditions,” says Gary. Among the team are four apprentices at various stages of gaining their qualiﬁcations.
Gary says the labour situation in the district is challenging with an industry-wide shortage of experienced foremen. The ﬁrm has a good balance of commercial and residential projects at any one time.
Currently Dawson & Gerrad is also working on three house projects along with construction of an aged-care facility for Bupa in Napier Rd Palmerston North. Dawson & Gerrard is building the Bupa agedcare project in conjunction with Whanganui ﬁrm WW Construction.
“Currently we are building an ofﬁce extension for Rooﬁng Industries, a major house alteration in Waterloo Crescent Palmerston North, plus the three three new house builds in Tokomaru, Palmerston North and Opiki.
“In February we’ll also start work at Cloverlea School, Palmerston North. “We enjoy the wide variety of projects we take on,” Gary says.
The company offers a broad range of services, including precast panel erection, concrete formwork, reinforcing (including Seismic strengthening work), supply and placement of concrete slabs, carpentry and dry wall ﬁxing.
“As a company we are committed to creating a stress free environment with clients and to build a quality building within budget and time line.”
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