Expanding into new markets has allowed Dornan Engineering to diversify its business and grow its reputation as a European market leader in the M&E and HVAC installation industry.
Taking advantage of the adjustments required to navigate the Covid pandemic, Dornan worked to build synergy with its clients, optimising its expertise and resources. It enhanced its technical and engineering capabilities to engage earlier in the project lifecycle, reducing cost and schedule while increasing flexibility and value.
Dornan also used bespoke technology to enhance its award-winning EHS and mental health and wellbeing programmes, which remain its priority and the basis for everything it does.
Dornan has strategically expanded its services and market locations to align with future global developments. Its investments in advanced integrated systems have made real-time communications seamless in bridging the gap between locations, allowing immediate access to the correct data at the right time, to improve how it operates and delivers projects successfully.
The Dornan engineering approach
Micheál O’ Connor, Managing Director, Dornan says that Dornan’s approach on every project is first to develop an understanding of the scope and how the installation will meet future requirements. “Early project collaboration with all stakeholders allows us to propose carefully considered innovations and options. Our goal is to help enhance sustainability, scheduling, and cost benefits, while also catering to the long-term needs of a maintainable facility that can be scaled up or down according to client requirements.”
Traditionally, building or expanding a facility has been viewed as a cost, and therefore investment decisions have been driven by the cost of installation. Climate change, however, has shifted this focus. “Today, reducing negative environmental impact is also a key consideration,” Micheál O’ Connor adds. “A major differentiator for Dornan is how we meet the demands of a more conscious society, which requires greater corporate accountability. We have made a significant investment in our DfMA facility, together with developing a virtual platform to build and support site prefabrication capacity. This significantly contributes to more sustainable and safer project delivery, vastly reducing rework and site disruption.”
Dornan is adept at working with BREAM and LEED frameworks for project installation also.
To complement its DfMA facility, Dornan added fit-out capability to deliver turnkey solutions for its clients. Assembling a highly experienced fit-out team, Dornan offers a comprehensive in-house resource to add value at every stage in project delivery.
Dornan’s in-house energy team offers sustainable engineering services to clients across all sectors. In conjunction with Dornan’s multi-disciplinary teams and services, it provides solutions to the complex challenges faced throughout the lifecycle of energy projects.
“We are dedicated to delivering excellence on every project, aligning to our clients’ goals, Micheál O’ Connor continues,” and meeting future project requirements is a key factor in the success of our projects.”
Dornan engineering overseas success
Building on its overseas success in Benelux, Germany, Sweden and most recently in Denmark, Dornan has now brought its specialised installation services to the pharmaceutical market in Switzerland. As one of Europe’s major pharmaceutical hubs, Switzerland has over 250 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies across its regions, €90bn in life science sector exports and is leading R&D in new drugs and healthcare technologies.
Pride in its quality culture is a cornerstone to continued success in the data centre sector for global technology corporations in Ireland, the UK, and Europe. Its commercial and industrial markets continue to grow along with major district heating schemes for commercial and residential premises.
Next generation opportunities
The key to a sustainable future is the next generation of construction professionals needed to bring new ideas and innovations. Dornan is committed to placing a career in construction in the mindset of students. Its STEM initiative, supported by UCC, provides information and learning about technical subjects with an emphasis on engineering and construction. Its goal is to expose students to real-world careers in the construction industry. Dornan employees from all backgrounds discuss their career paths, and its craft technicians and engineers provide engaging interactive learning experiences.
Dornan believes that a diverse and sustainable future in construction requires insight, commitment, goals, and investment. Its greatest resource is the next generation, who can continue to innovate sustainable solutions and shape a greener world for everyone.
No 4: Dornan Engineering
ADDRESS: 10 Eastgate Avenue, Eastgate, Little Island, Cork.
PHONE: 021 233 0900
LINKEDIN: Dornan Engineering Ltd
KEY EXECUTIVES: Brian Acheson, Chief Executive Officer; Micheál O’ Connor, Managing Director; Joe Conway, Head of Business Development, Ireland.
KEY ACTIVITIES: Mechanical, HVAC & Electrical Installation.