Take five – time out with #TeamISG: Rico Tapales
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I am a Civil Engineering and initially started my career in the Philippines. In 2006, I began working overseas in the Middle East as a Site Engineer with a focus on structural building works. In early 2008, I moved to Singapore and began working on interior fit-out projects, including the renowned Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This experience allowed me to gain a different perspective on how skyscrapers are perceived by the public and end users. Since then, I have worked on various projects involving high-end fit-out within hospitality, commercial buildings, public and private institutions, and large corporate offices in the Central Business District.
Did you always want to have a job like yours?
Not exactly. I initially trained as a Civil/Structural Engineer and never expected to end up in fit-out or refurbishment projects.
Please share few sentences outlining your current role at ISG.
At ISG, I am a construction manager responsible for overseeing the daily site operations. My main focus is ensuring that work is carried out safely and within the project's cost constraints. However, I also place great importance on maintaining the highest quality standards and meeting our clients and consultants’ expectations.
What has been the most significant accomplishment in your career?
I take great pride in being a part of the team that completed the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This achievement is something I can always share with my family and friends whenever we visit and explore the Marina Bay area. It is a monumental structure, and a landmark within South-East Asia.
What are the key wins taken from the projects you’ve worked on? What advantages have you been able to bring?
In the recent projects I have been involved in, I have made significant contributions to ensure their successful completion with high standards of quality. As a trained Structural Engineer, I am well equipped to handle any structural work involved in my projects, ensuring smooth coordination and execution.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy embarking on solo mountain bike rides along the Singapore trail in Bukit Timah, which is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. Bukit Timah is a popular spot for mountain biking in Singapore, thanks to its scenic trails and diverse terrain.
What is on your bucket list?
I really hope someday I would tour with my kids all the Disneyland parks worldwide.
If you could have any superhero power in the world, what would it be? And why?
The superpower I would choose is Gambit's ability to transform stored potential energy in objects into powerful kinetic energy, leading to explosive outcomes. This superhero power has always fascinated me since my childhood.