Meet one of Laing O’Rourke’s rising stars

Charlie Kistnen, facade and architecture technician at Laing O’Rourke, talks about his career in construction and his ambition to specialise as a facade manager.

Why did you choose a career in construction?

My passion for architecture and construction led me to pursue a career in building envelope and facade design, and I couldn’t be more excited to be working on the various building envelope and facade types at the New Everton Stadium.

Charlie Kistnen Laing O’Rourke
Charlie Kistnen, Laing O’Rourke: “I am drawn to the complexity and artistry involved in creating visually striking and functionally efficient building exteriors”

Being enrolled on the Laing O’Rourke programme has given me the opportunity to develop capabilities and continue to learn on a live construction project. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work on a prestigious construction project such as the New Everton Stadium.

What do you love about your job and what challenges you? 

As a part of my new role, I have been working on various facade types, including curtain walling, precast brick facades and metal panels.

Each facade type requires different technical skills and knowledge, and I’ve had to adapt to the specific requirements of each package. It has been challenging but extremely rewarding to see the progress of each subcontractor as we work towards the result of a complete stadium.

Working in a team has been an excellent experience. I’ve been able to communicate effectively with other professionals, such as architects, engineers and subcontractors. Being adaptable and able to problem-solve on the fly has been a crucial aspect of my job, as construction projects often present unexpected challenges.

The exposure to the latest technology, materials, and methodologies has been invaluable; it’s been challenging, but the experience and knowledge I’ve gained has been invaluable. I’m excited about the future and the possibilities that my career holds for me.

What are your career ambitions?

My career ambitions revolve around pursuing a role as a facade manager in prestigious construction projects.

I am drawn to the complexity and artistry involved in creating visually striking and functionally efficient building exteriors. I am motivated by the opportunity to work on high-profile projects that push the boundaries of design and construction.

What do you do in your spare time?

I prioritise fitness and the gym. The gym is my sanctuary, where I push my limits and set personal goals. Outside of the gym, I like running and boxing to enhance my endurance. This requires focus on nutrition too. It’s a constant journey of self-improvement and maintaining my healthy, active lifestyle.

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