Using experience to help you realise your vision
As Specification Managers, Elena Skhodtseva and Josie Fergusson act as consultants, collaborating with architects to provide solutions to help them achieve their project briefs. Adopting a holistic approach around project specific requirements they create conversations around transitions and assist with problem solving, specifying and tailoring solutions.
“Architects tell us a story about what they are trying to achieve, and we try to put forward the right product to fit the brief, while considering performance, budget and the perfect balance between aesthetic and functionality,” says Elena.
Joel Savill, National Specification Manager says his Auckland team offer clients an impressive breadth of experience to draw on. “They’re not just sales people. They really engage themselves in a project and are experts in visualising end results. They are also great at highlighting areas of concern from the conceptual design stage and coming up with solutions,” he says.
Elena says due to Forman’s strong relationships with suppliers, both local and overseas, they have access to a team of highly skilled experts to ensure they are always providing systems and solutions which are well researched and tested.
“Every day is different. We are constantly learning from our clients and our suppliers and we have a responsibility to educate the industry – around changes to industry standards; whether in seismic design or passive fire protection, or the latest in product innovation – we’re proud to offer systems and provide solutions which satisfy our customers, and we achieve this by working together, by researching and problem solving, providing samples and information, facilitating producer statements (PS1) and Masterspec specifications,” she says.
Elena has been part of the Fletcher Building family for six years. Prior to joining Forman, she spent five years with Mico Design, assisting in specifying sanitary fittings and building a loyal client base.
With over 10 years industry experience, she graduated in 2004 from CPIT, completing a Diploma in Interior Design, with an award. She has extensive experience from kitchen design to super yacht CAD design modelling. The latter she says gave her a fresh perspective and understanding of use of space and space planning. She has also worked as a furniture consultant and visual merchandiser for high-end clients. She is still competent with CAD, a skill she has found most beneficial in her role.
“Forman has given me new areas to explore and opportunities to utilise my skills to their full potential. I’ve developed a passion for acoustics, learning and understanding of seismic, passive fire, insulation and construction of walls and suspended ceilings,” she says. “My days are very challenging and interesting and to be able to work and learn from the best is the bonus.”
Elena is currently studying a Diploma of Business and says she embraces change and development. “I’m constantly challenged, and I never stop learning – it’s what I love about this job,” she says.
Josie joined the team in October to help meet the needs of an ever-increasing client list and, with over 3,000 products in the arsenal, she says she’s constantly learning and thriving in the ever-changing role.
Josie has a Diploma in Architectural Technology and has practiced as an Interior Designer in New Zealand, London and Singapore, working on large scale projects for high profile clients such as KPMG and GMAC in London and Lloyds in Singapore. Most recently she has worked in project management within the construction industry.
“I’m committed to delivering excellent outcomes for each client I deal with, drawing on my high attention to detail thanks to years in corporate design,” she says.