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A complex build, the Dulux Merrifield Coating Plant impresses in its design and delivery. The driving factor for the selection and detail of finishes was longevity in a harsh chemical based environment. The facility uses a compressed air system to pump the core materials required in the paint production process through stainless steel lines throughout the entire facility. To facilitate this a compressor room is located on the northern end of the facility. A VESDA system has been installed in the Production and Mezzaine areas of the building. Due to the propensity for detection systems to be exposed to high levels of dust, a reflected beam smoke detection system was chosen for the Powders Hall, which utilises mirrors and optical beams for detection. A gas compression system is installed in the power substation and standard smoke and thermal detection systems are used throughout the remainder of the facility.
Completed to the highest level of accuracy, and within a short timeframe, this extensive project required the coordination of trades to provide the complex fire-safety, data and electrical requirements and services. Both buildings had to meet the same deadline, so management and correct implementation of the design was of the upmost importance. This project is composed of two separate buildings. The Senior Learning Centre features classrooms, common and locker areas, a senior student lounge, lecture theatres, a lift and outdoor student areas at the front and the back of the new building. The specialist facility features science laboratories and classrooms including an arts room, makers room, storage facilities staff rooms and special breakout areas. Each building was constructed of steel with angled tilt panels to the base, Equitone cladding, and metal facade to fascias. Metal louvers were also used at the front facade of both buildings. These were designed for both aesthetic and shade purposes, produced off-site and assembled within a millimetre’s tolerance on site.
Marco Bonadio has been working for Kane Constructions since 2005. He has recently been responsible for the project management of the GMBHA Stadium Stage 4, Simonds Stadium Redevelopment Stage 2 & 3, Presbyterian Ladies’ College Performing Arts Centre and the Thomas Embling Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. With a Bachelor Degree in Property and Construction, and a Bachelor Degree in Planning and Design from Melbourne University, he offers over 17 years of experience in the building industry. He is a very well accomplished, composed, polite, well-spoken, confident and professional builder who is drive by complex building challenges. Marco is a natural leader who fosters a collaborative approach and prides himself on delivering on time and to very high-quality standards. His collaborative style enhances his ability to manage and build a harmonious and effective project team including establishing strong relationships with clients.
The Western Edge Biosciences (WEBS) project is a significant undertaking for the University of Melbourne. The project will see the creation of a world-class bioscience research, education and engagement district at the Parkville Campus and make an important contribution to the broader Biosciences Program. The engagement of a site-specific Workplace Health and Safety Coordinator assists the management of form-workers, who are completing high-risk tasks every day. Additionally, subcontractor engagement is facilitated through the introduction of electronic safety management which allows seamless interaction across the site via the cloud.
This project was designed and developed to adhere to the predefined production and distribution methodologies-- including automated processing equipment-- to produce paint. The production hall includes basement excavation for calcium carbonate silos, disperser units and plates, with a raised mezzanine level allowing access to the tank openings. Powders and tints required to create the paints are transferred to the production hall. Once mixing is complete, the paint solution is piped, using compressed air, to the filling hall where a further automated process transfers the final liquid product into cans. From here, the cans are picked and packed, ready for transport.
This contemporary-styled restaurant and adjoining fish-and-chip outlet perfectly captures the backdrop of boats docked along the Moyne River in Port Fairy. Offering a fully fitted commercial kitchen, the restaurant features exposed, locally sourced cypress timber trusses and a plaster ceiling. Perforated acoustic sheeting is included to minimise noise in the open restaurant area. The internal curved wall is a standout aesthetic feature and provides an opportunity for the natural light to reflect throughout the building, restricting the need for artificial lighting. Glazing runs along the entire river side of the building with a clerestory highlight section capturing the surrounds, and opening the restaurant space.
This three-storey building consists of two commercial tenancies over two levels and two high-end apartments. The top floor features beautifully appointed apartments, offering three bedrooms each, spacious living areas and an ultra-modern kitchen with more-than- ample joinery space. Tiling was chosen as a durable external surface, over both the suspended decks and staircases. The main structure itself comprises of three concrete floors, a precast concrete primary structure and structural steel fixed to the panels. Hobs at the doorways were installed to achieve a waterproof building.
The Ballarat and Clarendon College Fitness Centre project involved the replacement of the existing swimming pool with a new, 25-metre pool as well as an enclosure with connection to the exercise pavilion. The work included a new variable-speed rowing tank, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and exercise facilities above the tank at first-floor level connecting with the existing gymnasium. The mosaic tiling feature highlighted the school logo including internal colour balustrade lining. Internal reinforced Perspex lining to staircases was undertaken, and an internal lift installed. Recycled timber seating and internal solid-timber window frames were incorporated throughout the centre.
This challenging project included the removal of two dilapidated buildings, asbestos remediation and the construction of a state-of-the art office building and depot in their place. The new facility features warehouse space as well as open and free-flowing workspaces with a quality fit-out. Both technically and logistically challenging, the build was successful through pre-planning and communication to deliver a high-quality project on time and exceeding the client’s expectations. Extensive planning was done with site management and subcontractors. Initially, an overall master programme was developed and subsequently sub-schedules and finishing programmes were used for more detailed analysis and planning.
The Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library is located on a tight triangular site on St Georges Road. The three-level facility, built for the City of Yarra, incorporates a library, maternal / child health facility and a variety of community-focused functions. Replacing a shopfront branch library with new function and public facilities, the project is the culmination of a long-standing community initiative to create a true community hub. Remarkable features of the three-level development include merging cellular supporting spaces with open, flexible rooms to increase usability, as well as the retention of heritage elements, integrated with modern and sustainable design features.
The unusual solid-aluminium cladding distinguishes the new Science & Technology Hub at the Melbourne Grammar School. The internal arrangement accommodates new and emerging pedagogies by being highly flexible, transparent and efficient in its organisation. It is characterised by broader settings for teaching and learning; spaces that enable collaborative teaching; and blurred distinctions between formal and informal learning. Spaces are connected via a ‘learning commons atrium’ at the heart of the building and a sculptural, curved staircase with views through the atrium to the oval and school campus beyond.
The South Melbourne Primary School is a new, six-storey state-of-the-art facility built to house Prep to Year 6 students and is Victoria’s first vertical government primary school. Catering for 525 students, it also offers shared community spaces including streetscape and public realm works. Key features include indoor and outdoor learning spaces; a vertical piazza; ‘learning neighbourhood areas’ such as shared kitchens, studios and reading lounges; an external play area on level 5; video and conference rooms; a food hub; indoor and outdoor sports courts; a library and interactive learning centre and gym.
The Ravenhall Correctional Centre consists of 42 buildings within a secure perimeter wall and 5 buildings external of the wall to cater for other services and government facilities. Buildings include a Five Green Star office accommodating state departments; utility buildings including pump rooms, electrical substations and a solar farm; high-security and transitional accommodation, cell blocks, medical facilitates and reception and visiting areas. Large warehouses contain state-of-the-art equipment for learning trades. Landscaping includes secure fences around the office precinct, over 63,000 plants, multiple sports courts, external gym equipment, shelters, perimeter asphalt road and concrete paths around each building.
Quality of construction and attention to detail was paramount in this premium office fit-out which features high-end finishes, custom joinery, travertine stone and bespoke banquette seating. All key elements were prototyped and tested to achieve the quality, durability and functionality required. Schott Rivuletta glazing was installed to all executive meeting rooms - the first time it has been used in this style or size. The wintergarden breakout area featuring Spotted Gum timber decking and ceiling panelling throughout is a design highlight and a staff favourite.
The Brunswick Heart development project consisted of the complete design and construction of two buildings consisting of 228 apartments. Built over 13 levels the project presents 41 hotel apartments over 7 levels, and joint car parking including multilevel above ground. The top floors feature larger bedrooms and panoramic views of Melbourne. The ground floor and mezzanine floor precinct includes 26 retail and commercial facilities, and multiple frontages. Resident facilities include communal areas with landscaping and an open terrace. A large winter garden at the heart of the building provides natural light to the rooms and a beautiful space for residents.
Elwood House is a significant development, providing a counterpoint to typically uniform, residential towers, with a nest of bespoke individual dwellings that feel integrated within their local community. Acknowledgement of the local landscape is present in the reimaging and modernisation of the building's brickwork – a material ubiquitous in the area. Concrete hoists are expressed to the balconies and internal living areas provide the occupant with a sense of space and a tactile connection with the building’s materiality. Upper level balconies introduce a layering of brick elements to incorporate planting, emulating the ‘terra firma’ experience. Deep openings in the facade elaborate on the idea of decoupling adjoining units, providing occupants a sense of space and individuality.
The successful renovation of this historic fountain in Bendigo required detailed scope, materials and methodology of works to be carried out to ensure preservation of its historic integrity. New plumbing, electrical, hydraulic and filtration systems were required, with a crane used to remove and reinstall the granite bowl for easy access. Stonework was carefully cleaned and rendered. Gold leaf was applied to letters in granite and lamp post crowns. Sand-blasting to the cast iron balustrade and lamp posts treated rust corrosion, and an epoxy-priming of all surfaces and application of specific colour completed the works.
The Melbourne Zoo Predators Precinct Stage 2 is the fourth major project Lloyd Group has delivered for Zoos Victoria in the last seven years. The Predators Precinct is located at Melbourne Zoo and involved a comprehensive scope of works including refurbishments and extensions of existing enclosures and construction of new enclosures. Works took place across multiple areas, commencing with the demolition of the existing structures. The total construction included refurbished and new enclosures, back-of-house animal holding areas, children’s play areas, landscaping and visitor boardwalks featuring interpretive elements such as interactive digital screens and audio-visual elements and screening.
The purpose-built childcare centre consists of eight individual age-based educational rooms, a parents’ retreat, reception, office area and a full commercial kitchen and laundry. Constructed predominately with cross-laminated timber and some minor steel-cast elements, some of the benefits include lighter building foundations, high materials accuracy through factory prefabrication, and a smaller site-construction team. Fast assembly compresses the building program, and an earlier occupancy opportunity for the user offers shorter-term financing requirements. Sustainability factors include no site waste disposal and lifecycle savings with building owners and tenants increasingly concerned with operational costs and sustainability which have become market driving factors.