Patricia Power – ‘A Professional in Public View’

DIT Open Day for School of Real Estate and Construction Economics

Guest Speaker: Patricia Power, 11.00 Saturday 24th March 2012 Room 335 Third Floor Bolton Street, Dublin 1

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22nd March 2012: Patricia Power has become the face of quantity surveying through her role on Room to Improve on RTÉ.

Initially, Patricia wanted to be a land surveyor, so she studied for and obtained a certificate in geo-surveying in DIT Bolton Street. But after two years, she really felt she wanted to move into quantity surveying. The good news was that she got some exemptions, but she still had to do the four years of study. So after six years in DIT, Patricia graduated from DIT Bolton Street with a degree in construction economics. “College,” she says, “was a  fantastic experience.”

Patricia is the founder of the Patricia Power Quantity Surveying and Project Management Practice. Prior to her current role, Patricia spent 12 years with a large Quantity Surveying/Project Management Practice. She has worked with Clients, Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Builders across a range of industry sectors to include residential, retail, health, commercial, sport & leisure, industrial and civil. She has a proven track record in the construction industry across Ireland.

As of recent Patricia can be seen on RTE One’s Room to Improve working with her Clients along side Architect Dermot Bannon. Regular viewers will vouch for Patricia’s effect on the projects in the show. She’s always on top of the costings and has a very straight way of telling Dermot what is possible – and what is not.

A new life

Taking the job with Room to Improve did change Patricia’s life. Now a mother to three small girls, she had reached a point where she needed a more flexible and balanced approach to life. Room to Improve allowed Patricia to  set up a consultancy, working from home, with her own clients, and on her own terms. She has some strong observations on the role of quantity surveyors. “It’s quite normal that people don’t understand what I do, but I think the programme has been a big help in changing people’s perceptions of quantity surveyors.” That’s certainly true. What has emerged is something that Patricia feels is a general truth: “Architects are very creative people, but they are not always suited to being good project managers. Quantity surveyors, on the other hand, are particularly suited to project management and are trained to look for the pitfalls and budget over runs.”

A public demonstration

Patricia Power says she is very lucky. The call to work on Room to Improve came at just the right time in her life. It has allowed her to set up her own practice, with her own client base, and work on terms that are appropriate to her current life circumstances. And it’s evident that she loves the mix of work. She’s been a big hit on Room to Improve and that has attracted good business. In doing so, she has also been a powerful public demonstration of the benefits of professional quantity surveying.

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