Meet the team: Chris Gross and Maria Schaerer

18 October 2019

Chris and Maria have recently been promoted to Associate and Senior Engineer in recognition of their contribution to Integral Engineering Design.

We asked them a few questions about why they wanted to work for us in the first place, what their promotion means to them and about the future.

Our approach to sustainability was a big draw for both Chris and Maria and Chris was also very interested in the conservation side of our business. The range and size of projects was also appealing; Chris enjoying a scale of project that he can be fully involved in from start to finish and Maria feeling empowered by the opportunities and responsibilities available. Both had had the impression we are a friendly team and Chris had been told by existing staff members that is was a fun and engaging atmosphere to work in.

Chris as an Associate has joined the Senior Management Team and is looking forward to the new challenges his role will bring. He feels valued with a personal sense of achievement that the work he does at Integral and in mentoring staff has been recognised.

Maria as a Senior Engineer is glad her development as an Engineer, in managing projects and in mentoring Graduates Engineers, has been rewarded. Having achieved chartership by passing the notorious IStructE exam in 2018, and now being awarded the Martin Ashmead Prize for the highest mark in the region last year, Maria is eager to implement the breadth of knowledge and confidence she has built up in her new more demanding role.

And what of the Future?
Chris hopes Integral will continue to lead way in the reuse of existing buildings and sustainable design. Both are key to reducing the impact of the construction industry on the environment. “Engineers can use their ability to innovate and reduce the environmental impact on the planet”.

Maria agrees, “Engineering in a sustainable and clever way is key to the healthy development of our built environment”. She wants to contribute to projects that have a positive impact on society.

And who can argue with the thoughts of the next generation – safe in their hands.