23 January 2011 – Sinclair Knight Merz reported during the week that although its offices on South Bank in Brisbane were flooded at ground level and in the basement car park, the collective technical expertise of staff was able to quickly repair damage.
Queensland regional manager Steve Raby said that the office situated close to the to the Brisbane River was evacuated but that “thanks to the efforts of SKM’s local team, the office was reopened on Tuesday 18 January. Essential services, including power, water, toilets, IT, telephones, fire alarms and airconditioning have now been restored.”
He said that majority of SKM’s Brisbane-based staff was now back at work.
Chief executive officer Paul Dougas said: “Fortunately the majority of our staff did not experience significant impact to their homes or suffer personally. However, we recognise that many people at SKM and in the broader community will be deeply affected by this disaster and we will continue to support them in a variety of ways.”