In 1974, whilst working in the construction industry, Walter Sommer and four of his colleagues commenced Sommer & Staff. The first projects commenced quickly with the Cannon Hill abattoirs and in the housing market.
Understanding the volatility in the housing market, Sommer & Staff sought innovative ways to ensure the business was stable and successful by working on projects for a variety of industries.
Identifying a niche market in projects that were difficult to access or manage; every project was considered a challenge that would provide Sommer & Staff with the well-earned reputation for quality and sophistication held today.
Tenders were won in the Torres Strait, Aurukun, Whitsunday Islands, the Bowen Basin, and Kingaroy, to name a few. Each with their own set of challenges and difficulties for Sommer & Staff to overcome.
Healthcare became another focus area for the now diverse business with projects completed including the main building of the Princess Alexandra hospital. The challenge with this project came from a desire and requirement to maintain high quality health care to patients during construction.
The establishment and maintenance of close working relationships with design teams, clients and user groups minimised disruption to normal operations, allowed the hospital to remain open during a major construction project and demonstrated sophisticated management capability. This management capability has been tried and tested in many health and aged care projects completed by Sommer & Staff since inception.