18 February 2015

50 Years of Service

Media Release - Opus International Consultants – Southland

Fifty years ago this month, when the Righteous Brothers “You’ve lost that loving feeling” was playing on the radio, Mary Poppins was in the cinema and men all over the world were getting their haircut like George Harrison, an eager 17 year old Invercargill lad by the name of Doug Frisby was preparing for his first ever job as an architectural drafting cadet at the Ministry of Works.

Five decades later the company is now known as Opus International Consultants, but one fact remains the same – Mr Frisby still arrives to work every morning, keen and ready to put his design skills good use.

This month marks Mr Frisby’s fifty years of service to the multi-disciplinary infrastructure consultancy. Over the years his role has changed many times, eventually leading him to become an instrumental part of the architectural support and building services team as a Building Services Project Manager and, more recently, part of the office management team.

Just some of Mr Frisby’s many notable work projects over the years include the upgrade and maintenance work on the Invercargill Prison, the DOC hut upgrade programme and building warrant of fitnesses and EECA inspections.

When Opus International Consultants put on an afternoon tea celebration for Mr Frisby last week he was very humble about the milestone.

“It’s nice for my time here to be recognised but for me it’s just what I do and I feel lucky to work for such a great company with a great bunch of staff,” he said.

Business Group Manager Andrew Bruce has worked with Mr Frisby for the last 15 years and notes the experience Mr Frisby brings to the company as “invaluable”.

“Doug has been with the company right through, he’s seen many changes and has such a great understanding of the industry. He’s a talented man with great work ethic and the steady, logical approach he brings to the business is admirable.”


For more information contact Andrew Bruce, Business Group Manager. Phone 03 211 3599 or 027 436 7836, or email