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The Rod Laver Arena refurbishment is a key part of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, a three-stage masterplan project built over ten years. The critical decision was made to keep the arena open whilst construction occurred. Constructing in a live environment meant minimal impact on events held in the precinct and continued economic benefits from Melbourne Park events. The refurbishment of this icon included a new patron entry, reorientation of the arena entry, securing the loading dock, parking for up to 24 semi-trailers, upgrading and enlarging artist dressing rooms, introducing a large-scale restaurant experience and rooftop bar, increasing the rigging capacity for shows from 30t to 100t with a removable rigging system, converting the arena from full seating to concert mode in four hours with the introduction of 1200 retractable seats; and upgrading and making compliant critical safety aspects of the arena. The project was not without its challenges; however, Lendlease engaged with and supported the Stakeholder teams to achieve a fantastic outcome sports and concert fans will appreciate for years to come.
Charlie obtained a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science Project Management from RMIT in 2009. He has worked for Kane Constructions since his graduation from RMIT. Charlie has worked on projects valued up to $60M including Sunshine Hospital Acute Services Building, St John of God Geelong Hospital Redevelopment, and Deakin University Waurn Ponds IISRI Project Stages 1 &2. Charlie is a very well accomplished professional builder who links challenges to a logical and systematic process that aims to achieve client expectations. He leads his project team to ensure smooth and timely works delivery whilst providing support and strategic guidance to the team. He leads by example and is a great advocate of change involving technology to improve and make the industry more efficient. Charlie strives to professionally improve himself and seeks to become a teacher to up-coming graduates. He is to be commended as the 2020 Commercial Young Builder of the Year.
The project allowed for the relocation of two of Brophy Group’s community-based operations, Tasty Plate and Realise Enterprise, into a new DDA-compliant, purpose-built space. It involved the refurbishment and extension of the existing historic sandstone commercial space in Warrnambool’s CBD to incorporate a new commercial kitchen, as well as additional staff areas, chilled and freezer storage, training rooms and office space. The services for the site were upgraded to allow for the new development, as well as potential future stages of development in the original stables building at the rear of the property. Bolden Constructions have extensive experience working on heritage sandstone building renovations.
The Shepparton Genesis Cancer Radiation Centre involved a new build creation of a stand-alone radiation oncology treatment centre including a state-of-the-art linear particle accelerator bunker, CT imaging machine and consulting rooms. The works included all new incoming services, easement realignments, landscape and car park works. The Genesis Care Shepparton project is the success of an open minded and collaborative project team delivering a first class, one of a kind facility for both patients and their families. The ITP procedures set in place for this project were incredibly stringent. The tolerances for the laser guided medical equipment were + or - 2mm. The concrete walls were 1.5m thick with the concrete roof above the bunker being 2.4m thick with no margin for error.
The Heritage restoration, conservation and preservation works of Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat, which is the oldest continually operational theatre in Australia and only one of the four surviving nineteenth-century public theatres, was a large-scale project undertaken by AW Nicholson. As much of the building is Heritage-listed, the project had to be carefully approached to ensure modern safety standards. To ensure the heritage features of the Theatre, many aspects were restored to their original state by cleaning and replacement of elements that were weathered or unsafe. This included the external brickwork, the copper gutters, the decorative hard plaster throughout the auditorium, the carpet, the terracotta bathroom items, painting and cast iron grills.
The project involved the extensive refurbishment of the 1920s Heritage-listed Regent Theatre within selected areas, predominantly through the auditorium including compliance upgrades to meet current day standards. The works were undertaken methodically to ensure existing elements were appropriately protected and all upgrade works were sympathetic to the existing fabric. Many highly skilled and specialist contractors were engaged to carry out the works, in accordance with heritage guidelines. This included bathroom upgrades, construction of a new DDA accessible bathroom, reconstruction of front entry display boxes, crack repair and refurbishment of existing terrazzo flooring in the main entry, reflooring of Stalls Lobby and reconstruction of Stalls Bar, reconstruction of the Auditorium Stalls floor to a new pitch to provide a better viewing experience, partial demolition of existing Dress Circle balcony and then an extension of the balcony, fire services upgrades, additional smoke exhaust system, electrical and lighting upgrades.
Construction of new 5-Star Greenstar designed three-storey timber and concrete structure commercial office, community centre, training centre, function/cafe facilities, multipurpose spaces landscaping and carparking for 130 vehicles. Major features of the scope included an in ground piling system requiring dynamic pile testing and design, recycled cardboard void former to form the ground slab, a hybrid cross laminated timber and concrete structure, a high performance “Raico” brand window system and new building services (water/sewer/gas/electrical/mechanical/fire protection/bms controls). FOURSQ redesigned the building façade system to eliminate combustible materials, completed the architectural detailed design for construction and co-ordinated all other related design disciplines. The end result is a high quality, energy efficient building with an impressive feature timber structure, folded structural steel systems and a striking façade.
The new seven-level office building development comprises a basement and six levels of premium office working space. Base building provisions were incorporated into the design to allow for leasing flexibility on each level and accommodate two separate office spaces if required, as well as a future provision for a café tenancy on the ground floor. The basement provides for on-site car parking and end-of-trip facilities such as bicycle storage and shower amenities. Late tenancy negotiations resulted in the addition of a separate pedestrian bridge, spanning a public laneway and linking an adjoining office building on the third level. It involved extensive negotiation with the Council to secure the air rights, fire engineering and the separate building permits required for the structure. The bridge has enabled a single tenant to expand, without the need for relocation, and occupy both office buildings.
The new aquatic and well-being centre at Caulfield Grammar School (CGS) includes a 50m Olympic-size indoor swimming pool showcasing innovative advances in aquatic sports technology. The state-of-the-art facility includes a moveable floor that can be raised and lowered to adjust the water depth to cater for different aquatic programs such as competition swimming, water polo, diving and learn-to-swim. In addition, an integrated moveable boom and pop-up pool wall allows for the flexibility and versatility to arrange the pool for various configurations and uses, increasing its capacity and use at any one time. The centre features leading environmentally sustainable design elements to reduce the carbon footprint of the building such as an advanced pool water treatment system to reduce water consumption, energy consumption and chemical treatments, high performance glazing and water efficient fittings.
Since 1953 Ozanam House has provided supported accommodation to single men over the age of 18 experiencing homelessness or housing crisis in the inner Melbourne region. The new Ozanam House is a world-class, modern and safe location offering housing, health and social support services. The facility provides 10 levels of accommodation with break out area, a small living and entertainment area, and kitchenette on each level. Level 7 features a large terrace overlooking the western side of the city. The ground floor is the hub of the facility with multi-purpose spaces, a library, activities room, large outdoor courtyard, medium and long-term dining rooms, IT hub, laundry, resident amenities, gym and a café. It offers health and wellbeing resources such as dental, consultation rooms, physio room and a general GP.
The Rod Laver Arena refurbishment is a key part of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, a three-stage masterplan project built over ten years. The project was delivered over four years, with construction sequenced in-between concerts and events and achieving major milestones to provide enhanced facilities for each of the four Australian Opens. It was completed prior to the 2020 Australian Open. The refurbishment of this Melbourne icon a new patron entry, new arena entry, upgrading and enlarging artist dressing rooms, converting the arena from full seating to concert mode in four hours with the introduction of 1200 retractable seats; and upgrading and making compliant critical safety aspects of the arena.
The strategic approach to consultation both with workers and surrounding community was recognised as one of the key factors in minimising risk on the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre. The site posed many challenges given the location, surrounding public roads, residential properties, Primary School and a neighbouring Kindergarten right beside the site. ADCO demonstrated a proactive approach to eliminate fall hazards through sequencing of works and upgrading of materials during the design stage to allow for more traffic able areas, and sourcing new, quiet construction techniques to reduce exposure to noise and hazardous manual handling. The scope of the project and the sequencing of the works means there are multiple work fronts open at any one time. Structural steel, roofing, wall cladding, concrete slabs, pool construction, excavation of pools, installation of in ground services are all happening in conjunction with each other. This requires a high level of coordination, planning and communication between ADCO and the Subcontractors. Ensuring open lines of communication between ADCO, its subcontractors, the client and affected stakeholders has allowed works to proceed in a sequential fashion that eliminates any risk factors such as high risk works and construction traffic in close proximity to public/students, high risk works in close proximity to workers or workers under/over, works in and around live services, increased fatigue due to program pressures all completed within the constraints of the project program.
The State Library Redevelopment project transformed Australia’s oldest and busiest public library, improving and expanding publicly accessible spaces to accommodate its growing number of visitors. The project created dynamic new spaces to increase and broaden the library’s capacity for services and to deliver innovative programming to broader audiences. The redevelopment involved the refurbishment of the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, reopening the Russell Street entrance, creation of a major exhibition space, a conference centre redevelopment, an innovation centre, a dedicated children’s and youth facility, activation of unused ground floor spaces, relocation of offices and provision of universal public access. The entire project was completed under a heritage overlay and Development Victoria permit process, requiring the selection and management of highly skilled tradespeople in close consultation with Development Victoria.
The facility sits on a 49,810m² site, with a total building area of 30,885m². All materials used were purposefully and thoughtfully selected and of the highest quality. The facility’s structure is a structural steel portal frame that was designed around the clients racking requirements, and to maximise space. The structure, roof and walls were erected prior to the slab being installed, and the warehouse flooring is a steel fibre designed slab, inclusive of armour edging to protect the slab and ensure its longevity. The slab was installed to strict tolerances. Roofing is made up of Zincalume Prodek which provides a premium finish and functionality. The warehouse roof also houses translucent panels spaced evenly throughout to suit the racking layout, that allow for natural light, reducing energy consumption. Frasers Speculative Facility project embraces vibrant colour and architecturally designed office facades, which make this facility particularly eye-catching.
Prahran Square is one of the City of Stonnington’s largest, most ambitious and exciting construction projects to date. The transformation of the old Cato Street car park in Prahran, delivers 10,000sq m of multi-functional urban parkland above 500 underground car parking spaces. The new urban square provides a linkage between Grattan Gardens and Princes Gardens, and provide a focal point in the public space network. Designed by Lyons Architecture and Aspect Studios, the park is separated into nine distinct areas arranged around a central square featuring a fountain. The design includes ecologically sensitive features, including solar energy generation and storm water capture and management.
Located in one of Melbourne’s most sought after suburbs with magnificent city views, Doncaster Hill, the Frederick Street Apartments showcase the best of apartment style living. Designed in collaboration with award-winning architect Clarke Hopkins Clarke, the project included the design and construction of 42 apartments over five levels plus two basement levels. Complimented by large living spaces flooded with natural light, each luxury residence features superior quality fixtures and finishes. The apartment included architecturally designed curved balconies with a myriad of textures making up the façades. Articulated by horizontal elements set against the sweeping curved balconies, the external finishes were designed to strike a delicate balance between strength and softness by using curved steel balustrades, sills and ledges, textured external façade using Nawkaw finished timber looking cement sheet, render, creeping and cascading greenery, and landscaped surrounds to tiered gardens beds.
Pace of Abbotsford is a 133-apartment complex over 11 levels, featuring a mix of one-two-, three- and four-bed apartments. The complex also includes a comprehensive mix of communal spaces on the rooftop, including a large deck, a lounge area, gym and lap pool. The basement levels give all apartments at least one car space and a private storage cage. The development commenced with demolishing existing buildings, while maintaining the existing heritage façade of St Crispin House. Three basement levels were also piled and excavated in basalt rock. The building’s structure was made up of a combination of precast concrete panels and post tension slabs. A smaller, second building made of concrete all above ground was also part of the development. Incorporating the heritage façade was a key part of this development.
Burwood Brickworks was like no other retail shopping centre and without the guidance of a former case study, Hacer Group were tasked to deliver a shopping centre with three majors, three mini-majors; cinemas and 40 speciality tenancies while integrating the most stringent Environmental criteria to satisfy the requirements of Green Building Council of Australia and International Living Building institutes. The overall structure included a basement car park, a 4000sq m deck over the car park and approximately 2000sq m for an urban farm tenancy to grow food for both commercial and community benefit. The facade was largely precast with recycled crushed brick incorporated, salvaged brick work, salvaged timber, or expansive windows. A sizeable on grade car park was also built, incorporating bioswales for water re-use, and feature landscaping intricately integrated with the façade and suspended feature ‘ribbon’ structure.