Russell Lamb

Managing Director
Year joined DMA: 2006

As the Managing Director of DMA and a building services engineer, I’m used to working ‘behind the scenes’ to create inner beauty on projects – the building services that are usually never seen.

My professional background

As the Managing Director of DMA and a building services engineer, I’m used to working ‘behind the scenes’ to create inner beauty on projects – the building services that are usually never seen. Whether it’s a remote hospital, a state-of-the-art aged care facility, or creating consistency in the major retail chains, after working for nearly 30 years on projects across Australasia, I’ve found our clients’ needs are often the same:

  • Acquiring pragmatic advice.
  • Minimising floor space housing building services.
  • Creating spaces that are beautiful for occupants to use.
  • Flexibility and reliability in what is engineered.
  • Documentation that streamlines construction.
  • The right balance of capital and operational costs.
  • Integration of the best new ideas while containing costs.

I manage teams delivering these outcomes for public and private clients and helping solve problems on large and small-scale projects. Working as Project Lead on challenging refurbishment and upgrade projects, my ‘been there, done that’ way of working is a strength I bring to my clients. But I appreciate that every project brings its own set of challenges, and when surprises do pop up my clients say I’m even keeled and unflappable.

As the Managing Director of DMA, I love that we are agile and flexible to suit our client’s needs.

My specialisations

  • Multidisciplinary project team lead.
  • Principal Consultant roles on engineering dominate projects.
  • Health, Aged Care, Education and Retail.
  • Challenging and involved projects.
  • Pragmatic engineering solutions.
  • Chilled water systems.
  • Building Management Systems.

My key project experience

  • The Townsville Hospital Redevelopment: led a team successfully delivering engineering services on $450 M+ worth of refurbished and new buildings. I was a key interface to peers including the architect, project manager, quantity surveyor, certifier, hospital engineers and other stakeholder groups
  • Principal consultant for the Roma and Stanthorpe Hospitals and Mater Private Hospital air conditioning and electrical upgrade projects.
  • DMA’s project lead delivering mechanical, electrical and fire services to the $20 M Ballycara Aged Care Development at Scarborough on the Redcliffe Peninsula, comprising a three level 100 bed RACF facility, six level 58 apartment ILU building and a Wellness Centre and clubhouse facilities.
  • DMA’s project lead delivering mechanical, electrical, hydraulics and fire services to the $40 M boutique Tricare three level 180 bed Residential Aged Cared Facility development at Sunnybank.
  • DMA’s project lead and mechanical engineer as part of Queensland Health’s Rural Health Facilities Infrastructure Renewal Project program, for various regional hospitals including Roma, Kingaroy, Mareeba, Gatton, Esk, Laidley and Tully hospitals.

My qualifications

  • Eng (Mech)
  • Graduate Dale Carnegie Immersion Course
  • Graduate Dale Carnegie Leadership for Management
  • Project Management Essentials Program – PSMJ

Awards I have received

  • Project Director for the Mater Private Air Handling Unit Upgrade project which won the 2019 AIRAH Award for Best HVA Retrofit or Upgrade Project.
  • Highest Achievement Dale Carnegie Immersion Course – April 2017

Professional Memberships, including any committee positions

  • MIEAust – Member Institute of Engineers Australia
  • CPEng – Charted Professional Engineer
  • NER – National Engineers Register
  • RPEQ – Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland
  • Member AIRAH

What creating inner beauty means to me

As building engineers, it’s important we focus on creating inner beauty because what we design has such an effect on the mood, feeling and wellbeing of so many people for significant parts of their lives. Inner Beauty is created when capital and operational funds are applied judiciously, engineered systems run like clockwork, are rarely felt, heard or sensed, and occupants are engaged yet relaxed within the physical world in which we are inextricably linked to its creation.