Bertus Ras

Bertus Ras

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Bertus Ras

Bertus Ras

Construction Project Manager

I am a multi-skilled and qualified construction project management professional with solid industry experience in concrete construction, subcontractor management and programme supervision – making for a versatile and valuable team leader. I am a creative problem solver, taking the initiative to find practical solutions to resolve challenges that arise during construction.

I have more than eleven years of experience, with my most recent role being the Construction Project Manager at C.J. Irons Construction Property Developers. In this period I have delivered new low-rise construction projects in excess of 22,500m² and nearly 15,000m² of new tenant installations. I have also been involved in the pre-construction of five luxury private residences and the township establishment and design development for a social housing project of more than 6,500 apartments. I want to secure a position where I can utilise my skills and experience while contributing to a challenging and rewarding technical environment.

I have developed strong asset management skills in my tenure with an owner/builder and have been the primary person responsible for the Walker Creek Office Park. In the ten years that the park has been occupied, there hasn't been a single tenant that has vacated - we've always been able secure lease extensions with the original tenants.

My résumé provides a very good overview of my experience and character. I am a passionate, accomplished, and well-rounded construction specialist with a positive work ethic.

Photo: Me standing at Hans Ras Road in Cape Town, named after my 9th Great Grandfather, the first Ras to arrive in the Cape in 1658.

Core Competencies

Construction Management

Concrete structures, blueprint implementation, services coordination and subcontractor management.

Project Management

Design meetings & review, programme management, budgeting & cost control and QA/QC implementation.

Asset Management

Lease negotiations, design coordination, tenant installation/fit-out and facilities management.

New Construction Projects

01 Walker Creek 4

A 1,800m² three-storey concrete office building on a triangular site with limited access. The fourth and final phase of the Walker Creek Office Park.

02 The Corner Office

A 2,300m² three-storey concrete office building, with a single level excavated basement. The construction phase was Project Managed on behalf of the Roberts Property Group.

03 USAID NOB2

An 8,400m² New Office Building and Compound for the United States Agency for International Development on behalf of the American Goverment. This building achieved a 5 Star Green Star SA - Office V1 As Built Rating.

04 Walker Creek 2 & 3

Two 5,000m² three-storey concrete office buildings, with a double-level excavated super-basement with more than 450 parking bays. These buildings achieved a 4 Star Green Star SA - Office V1 As Design Rating.

Asset Management

Tenant Installations

C.J. Irons CC is a design-build-operate contracting developer with an extensive portfolio of properties. As I was predominantly involved with the construction of the Walker Creek Office Park during my tenure, the company saw it fit for me to take charge of the tenant fit-outs following the completion of the base buildings. I am actively involved in the marketing of the premises, the acquisition of new tenants and subsequent lease negotiations. After successful negotiations I am responsible for drafting the lease agreement, developing the tenant layout plans and scope of works in consultation with the tenant and relaying this information to our design team. Once the formal design has been signed off, I drive the physical fit-out process, from cost estimating, through bidding and subcontractor appointments. I am actively involved in the day to day progress of the installation and ensure that all parties are on site when they are due. Once the fit-out is complete I am responsible for closing out, which involves snagging, inspections with both the client and local authority, and final handover to the tenant. I am also actively involved in the tenant relationship and react to any maintenance issues that arise during their tenancy.

Tenant Management

After the completion of Walker Creek Phase 4, the focus shifted towards filling all vacancies and development of new properties were put on hold. I've subsequently developed a formidable set of tenant-facing skills, ensuring that our clients get the absolute best service possible. I have developed online reporting tools and implemented procedures to ensure that vendor turnarounds are as expedient as possible. I am the primary contact between the tenants and our support teams, ensuring that any complaints or maintenances issues are resolved as soon as possible.

Employment History

Construction Project Manager

C.J. Irons Construction (Jan, 2014 - Jan, 2024)

I was retained and promoted after the completion of my studies and moved into a managerial role in the organization. I was tasked with supplying the management resources to the sites, ensuring that projects were completed on time and within budget. My career later evolved and required me to take up a tenant-facing role - which included acquisition, lease negotiations, fit-out installations and post-handover management of our clients.

Subordinate Construction Supervisor

C.J. Irons Construction (Jan, 2012 - Dec, 2013)

I joined the firm in 2012 during the completion of my Honours degree, and was immediately required to take a hands-on approach to running the construction site. I was the right hand man to the Construction Foreman, ensuring that all daily concrete related work was executed to the engineering design. I was tasked with managing the labour force, as well as managing the on-site Health & Safety file and policies.

Education

B.Sc (Hons) Construction Management

University of Pretoria (2012 - 2013)

Graduated second in class with distinction.

B.Sc Construction Management

University of Pretoria (2009 - 2011)

Graduated top of class with distinction.

Skills

Microsoft Office Suite
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Microsoft Project
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Autodesk Revit
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Autodesk AutoCAD
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Relux Lighting Modeling
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Adobe Photoshop
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Testimonials

Dr. Aden Guliye
Chief Migration Health Officer, International Organization for Migration

I have only known and interacted with you for about two years and have witnessed your exemplary work at MHAC Annex.

Alet Welgemoed
Practice Co-ordinator, Dr. JJ Gilau & Partners

Our paths didn’t cross much, but the times they did, you were always so friendly and helpful.

Anné Vermaak
Maintenance Manager, Multinet Systems

I believe you have left deep impressions with so many people, definitely something to be proud of. Thank you for the opportunities to work together; it has always been a pleasure. You are truly a pleasant person.

Bibi Goss-Ross
Managing Director, Advanced Health South Africa

I can still remember the first day of the project and all the meetings. You have always continued to impress. Your professionalism, good manners, and your exceptional competence were next level.

Cheryl Zillmann
Senior Corporate Operations Manager, The Aurum Institute

It has been such a pleasure dealing with you regarding our new site at Walker Creek Office Park.

Engela Smith
Snr Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist, BroadReach Health Development

I’m sure your new clients will be equally impressed by your professionalism, knowledge, and willingness to help as we are.

Frits Schuite
Director, Boogertman + Partners Architects

It was always pleasant and a rewarding experience. You have indeed grown into a very capable and experienced professional and I am sure that you will be very successful in whatever you will engage in down under.

Joey Breedt
General Manager, Advanced Health South Africa

Our paths have only crossed in the last two years. It has been a pleasure and a privilege, the way you have treated me and dealt with any query or request.

Kobus van Jaarsveld
Director, Civil Concepts

I can honestly say that for as long as I've known you, you've always been a team player who carried yourself with professionalism.

Liesl Wesch
Operations Manager, Hollard Insurance

We wish you major success as your work ethic, kind nature, and, most importantly, patience have truly added value to our Pretoria branch.

Minah Mogale
Community Coordinator, Office Co. Brooklyn

I've learned a lot from you and your personality. You have become one of the people I am eternally glad to have met. You are absolutely one-of-a-kind, and I know that you are irreplaceable.

Sanelize Perdomo
Compliance, Contracts and Grants Manager, BroadReach Health Development

I am grateful that we got the opportunity to work alongside you to setup the BroadReach office.

Contacts

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