Niuatui - Architect, Construction Project Manager - Funafuti, Tuvalu

Lomiata Niuatui

Funafuti, Tuvalu


Architect, Construction Project Manager


• Consultation with clients;
• Feasibility studies (site analysis, financial abilities, environmental analysis, economic, social, cultural)
• Design, contract documentation, bidding and negotiations, contract administration;
• Architectural, structural, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and drainage;
• Liaise with engineering consultants in building design projects;
• Detail project programming from inception to completion; coordinating and monitoring of design office;
• Preparation and presentation of designs and financial estimates to clients;
• Evaluation of project performances;
• Instituting management systems for projects (infrastructure and construction) from inception to completion;
• Reporting (oral & written) at various stages of the service;
Quantity Surveying:
• Project estimating;
• Bill of quantities,
• Schedule of materials;
• Financial valuation of building properties;
• Verification and certifying payments to contractors;
Construction Management and Design-Built:
• Verifying contract documents;
• Preparation of technical and financial bids (Bill of Quantities & Schedule of Materials);
• Procurement of resources (materials, labor and plant);
• Controlling and monitoring of resources (materials, labor and plants);
• Construction program updates and re-scheduling resources to meet deadlines for tasks including allowances for extensions where necessary;
• As-built drawings
• Reports of site performances for material, labor and plant performances and finances;

Work History

Construction Manager (CM)

Tuvalu National Provident Fund

January 2011 - January 2012

Material procurement, monthly reports including site employee performance, financial updates, status of material procurement to the client; site supervision of resources, quality inspections, inspection of imported materials for quality and quantity.


Tuvalu National Provident Fund

May 2008 - December 2010

Design (all), contract documentation, bill of quantities, material order list; bidding and contract administration; site inspection, daily site reporting in site diary, preparation of monthly reports; status of contractor performances and imported material procurement; processing contractor's claims, certifying payments to contractor and suppliers.


FL Design-Construction Pty Ltd

September 2006 - June 2008

Awarded construction of a reinforced concrete single storey structure; block work infill walls; timber roof structure; metal roofing, on site water supply, septic tank.[Location: Nanumea; contract administrator: Public Works Department, Tuvalu; Building Owner: Tuvalu Cooperative Society].

Local Consultant

Persistent Organic Pollutants, Dept of Environment, Tuvalu Government

April 2005 - June 2007

(POPs) Project with the following report submissions:
(a) Tuvalu- National Profile of Chemical Management, May 2006;
(b) National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, March 2007;


FL Design-Construction Pty Ltd

September 2002 - November 2004

Awarded Tuvalu Government contract for the construction of the Nanumaga Primary School; 2-storey reinforced concrete structure [Location: Nanumaga, Tuvalu; Owner: Tuvalu Government; Contract administrator: Public Works Department].


FL Design-Construction Pty Ltd

Up to August 2002

Awarded construction contracts for the construction of the following Tuvalu government building projects (administrator in brackets);
1. Nauti Primary School Library (Public Works Department) USAID funded
2. Princess Margaret Hospital Medical Waste Incinerator (Tuvalu Waste Management Project (TWMP));
3. Nauti Primary School Toilet (TWMP);
4. Princess Margaret Hospital Public Toilet (TWMP);
5. Public Toilet Construction- Airport (TWMP);
6. Piggery Construction (TWMP);
7. Tuvalu Family Health Association office (PWD);

PWD Architect (contract)/ acting Director

Public Works Department,Tuvalu Government

January 1999 - December 1999

one-year contract basis; acting PWD Director;


Tuvalu Telecommunication Corporation

office- architectural and building services design, liaise with structural consultant, prepare bidding documents, contract documents and contract administration (partial). Structural Engineer- Yee Morgan & Associates, Suva; Value: $1 million

Graduate Teacher

Fetuvalu High School

April 1997 - December 1998

Form 4 Technical Drawing, Form 5 Geography.
* Tutor- TEF02/TEF03: Introduction to Technology A and B, MA101 Mathematics for Social Science, USP Centre, Funafuti, Tuvalu.
* Architect, Niulakita Housing Disaster Rehabilitation project for PWD (voluntary service) - architectural and structural design, preparation of schedule of materials including cutting list for all timber work; 10 houses.
* Architect, Motufoua Housing, representing PWD (voluntary service) - assisted Secretary of Education with the overall housing policy for staffs of the school. The service culminated in the submission of a report with recommendations.
* Architect, 7th Day Adventist Church, Funafuti - extension and renovation to existing classroom- architectural, structural, electrical design, construction drawings, estimating; building built differently.

Architect & Estimator

Lomiata Niuatui Architect in association with PT Joinery

April 1997 - November 1997

3-story timber/ concrete structure in association with PT JOINERY. The original building was a 2-storey high built of beach coral stones veneered walls and infill with unreinforced concrete. The brief required design and construction services to convert it from residential use to a commercial use with an office sufficient to provide services as a shipping agent as well as an office for the management of a garage. Owner-provided materials. Value: $26,000.00

o General Foreman

LSE Technology Pty Ltd

July 1995 - December 1996

(foundations only); construction of foundations for Tuvalu Telecommunication Corporation TV antennae, Funafuti. Casual labor provided by PWD.
o LSE's expatriate builder's Tuvalu counterpart in the construction of six (6) outer island Tuvalu Telecommunication Corporation satellite buildings and civil engineering works. Assisted builder in supervising construction; liaise with local dignitaries to ensure work is not unnecessarily interrupted; responsible for the general welfare of the travelling construction team. The islands included Nui, Nanumaga, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae, Niutao and Niulakita.

Estimator/ Contract manager

Atoll Construction

January 1995 - July 1995

Employee with the construction firm of Atoll Construction in the following projects;
o Extension to Faimalaga Luka's (the late Sir Faimalaga Luka) residence, Vaiaku, Funafuti; design, estimates & pricing, select materials, procure materials, supervise construction, prepare claims; demolition, carpentry, concreting, painting.
o Renovation to Soapi's residence, Fakaifou, Funafuti; design, prepare estimate & pricing, select materials, procure materials, supervise works, prepare claims; carpentry, concreting, painting.
o Renovation and extension to Post Office; prepare tender, select materials, procure materials, supervise construction, prepare progress claims; carpentry, concreting, roofing, roof plumbing, joinery, painting.
o Renovation to NAFICOT; design, prepare estimate and quotation, select materials, procure materials, supervise construction, prepare claims; carpentry, bathroom finishing and painting.


Department of Home Affairs, Tuvalu Government

April 1992 - August 1993

Nukulaelae Maneapa (meeting hall), Department of Home Affairs, Tuvalu Government- site visits, architectural and hydraulic design, liaise with structural and electrical consultants, prepare schedule of materials, prepare contract documents. Structural Engineer- Yee Morgan & Associates, Suva Value: $150,000.00- a different design was used for the actual building


Vasa Pasefika Enterprise

April 1991 - August 1993

(3 months)- construction of the Funafuti International Airport; general hand, assist firms' director in day-to-day on-site management. Represent the firm when the Director is away from Site or out of the country.


Poultry Slaughter House,epartment of Agriculture

March 1991 - August 1992

Government of Tuvalu; design and contract documentation; Structural Engineer- Yee Morgan & Associates, Suva Value: $130,000.00.

Skilled labour

Vasa Pasefika Enterprise

April 1991 - June 1991

Nauti Primary School Phase I - carpentry (formwork), reinforcement bending and setting in place, concreting, concrete mixing, general hand on matters pertaining to Contract Agreement and site work management.

Assistant architect

Public Works Department, Tuvalu Government

January 1991 - April 1991

on a six-month temporary basis. Involved in various projects in schematic design, developed design and construction documentation. Assisted the Architect in the administration of the architectural section within the department. Discontinued temporary status and moved to the private sector.

Acting PWD architectural draftsman

Public Works Department, Tuvalu Government.

November 1988 - February 1989

Schematic and preliminary design for a new primary school building 'on Funafuti (speculative) and determining as to the structural and financial feasibility to build over an existing 1950s building or to erect a new 2-storey structure elsewhere- choice between reinforced concrete or steel construction; Acting PWD architectural draftsman; contract administration of the construction of the Funafuti Town Council Office 2-storey structure.

Qualifications & Certifications

Foundation (science)

University of the South Pacific

Form 6 (science)

University of the South Pacific

Bachelor of Archicture

Papua New Guinea University of Technology

University of the South Pacific


staffs of the school


USP Centre

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