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St Leonard’s College Inspiring Innovations project was designed to complement the existing buildings. The 2800sqm Performing Arts Centre and the new three-storey learning space now have state-of-the-art facilities. The Merton Building creates an open learning environment with multiple break-out and study areas for the school’s numerous extra-curricular activities. The Agora structure features curved glass reinforced concrete (GRC) panels to create a unique outdoor amphitheatre space for musical performances and school events. The Leonardian (Performing Arts Centre) construction with STEM classrooms and a 612-seat Auditorium, including the installation of the orchestra lift and stage sound shell, enables the space to be converted into a theatrical space within 30 minutes. All works were completed in the middle of an operational school campus with 1500 school children in attendance.
Development Victoria’s vision was to deliver a contemporary office design with high-quality finishes. One of Development Victoria’s objectives was to provide a modern, integrated fit-out to facilitate workplace efficiency. This was achieved by a combination of open-plan design, creating expansive communal and flexible workspaces and integration of high-level technology, promoting agile working, connection, and improved productivity. The environment promotes health and wellbeing through its strong connection to timber finishes, lighting and greenery, courtesy of its biophilic design. The project’s completion is a significant milestone for Ballarat. The result is a modern and sustainable workplace that sets a new standard for office accommodation.
Tiffany is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Construction Management. She has been with ADCO for 10 years, starting in corporate accounts and moving into construction five years ago. Tiffany’s background in accounts and her experience working on multifaceted projects has provided her with an excellent understanding of cost reporting and strong financial accruement. She works with the project team to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions whilst developing good relationships with all project stakeholders. Tiffany completed ADCO’s internal National Leadership course in 2021. She has worked on projects including St Albans Leisure Centre ($55M), St Leonard’s College Inspiring Innovations ($50M), South Melbourne Primary School ($35M) and Embracia Aged Care Avondale Heights ($35M). Tiffany achieves high-quality standards through benchmarking and prototyping, therefore, guaranteeing client satisfaction. She is capable of understanding and quickly learning complex building technologies. The judges were impressed by her detailed understanding and knowledge of a completed project.
This building is listed by Heritage Council Victoria as significant. The team comprehensively re-developed, upgraded and future-proofed the current school while carefully preserving the historic character and functionality of existing heritage spaces. Since its construction in 1929, the original two-storey heritage-listed building had undergone minimal to no refurbishment works. It consisted of 12 traditionally enclosed classrooms that did not provide the flexible and adaptable 21st-century learning spaces needed to support the school’s curriculum. The brand-new building seamlessly connects to the existing heritage structure and now houses staff and administration - continuing the existing building’s masonry style and fine brick articulation. Internal modifications to the existing building now support innovation in teaching practice, a provision for 21st-century learning environments, with a series of break-out and ancillary teaching spaces.
Club Mambourin is an exclusive residents’ club at Mambourin’s new mixed-use and sustainable community development in Melbourne’s expanding west. The amenities at Club Mambourin include a spa, kids pool, 25-metre heated lap pool, outdoor shower, multi-use court, fully equipped gymnasium, function room, café and barbecue, bin and bike storage areas. It provides residents with access to a high-quality health and leisure facility and has been designed as a community hub and place to socially connect. A unique element of the project was harnessing geothermal technology for heating and cooling across the entire facility.
George Rydell Constructions (GRC) was engaged by Woolworths to transform an existing 13,000sqm distribution warehouse into a new Woolworths and Dan Murphy. Part of Goodman’s Port Park estate, the transformation included undercover car parking and mall/retail space to service the rapidly growing Fishermans Bend precinct. The project was a fast-track one - GRC commenced design works in July 2020, started construction works in November 2020, and the centre opened to the public in July 2021. The project was unique, breathing new life into what was a tired industrial asset, and reutilising the existing structure and concrete slab made it environmentally sustainable.
This project was cleverly constructed on a tiny envelope of land which existed behind the hospital, like a traffic island surrounded by the hospital’s main arterial and loading dock. On the other side of it sits the Frankston botanical gardens. Not only is the land restricted by its size and surrounds, but also by its topography: a significant incline. The CTRF building represents a national milestone with Commonwealth Government funds contributed towards the project; it is the first of the government’s promised Healthy Ageing Research Centres. This facility allows research to be applied and translated directly to students and practitioners, rather than dwelling in footnotes – direct interventions into the health and wellbeing of older Australians. Inside hasn’t compromised on the quality of key assets, including the lecture and tutorial spaces, open learning areas, and a library. Research and clinical facilities that include private consult spaces for clinical trials and office spaces were also needed, and the whole facility had to be adaptable for events and mixed purposes.
The Glenroy Community Hub delivers a purpose-built centre providing the Glenroy community integrated services in a welcoming, nature-inspired setting. Achieving the requirements of Passive House and three petals of the Living Building Challenge Petal certification, the project is a demonstration of the City of Moreland’s commitment to world-leading, sustainable design. The Hub offers diverse services to support, inspire and connect local residents at all stages of life. Features include maternal and child health services, an integrated long day care centre and kindergarten, a contemporary library offering a gateway to knowledge, creativity and social connections with services tailored to all age groups, a community health centre, and a locally managed community garden for growing, harvesting and sharing food. Local groups are able to host meetings and celebrations in multi-purpose rooms available for hire.
The Gippsland Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon is set to provide art students, the creative industry, and businesses with access to a new and technologically innovative theatre complex. The centre houses meeting spaces designed to promote creative thinking and practice and to support local enterprises. The works included construction of a new basement and ground floor building, consisting of extensive piling to below-ground basement car parking. Above sits a post-tension and ground floor slab, precast panels and core filled blockwork. The balance of the structure was structural steel, and the roofing was a Colorbond finish. The building and project encompass a 750-seat Performing Arts Centre, outdoor event spaces, multi-purpose/meeting rooms, and café; remodelling and refurbishing the existing Latrobe Performing Arts Centre building into a training facility for creative industries; car parking, including an underground facility, as well as improvements to adjacent on-street parking.
The Inspiring Innovations project at St Leonard’s College was designed by ARM Architecture to be in harmony with the existing buildings on the site and the surrounding residential neighbourhood. The key elements of the build included a 2800sqm Performing Arts Centre and a new dedicated learning space covering 4200sqm over three stories. Stage 1 involved the construction of the Merton Building - a new teaching and learning environment - incorporating 11 new classrooms, nine break-out study nooks, lecturette, canteen, carpark, adaptable exam space and an outdoor performance space known as the Agora that provides a link between the two new buildings. Stage 2 involved the construction of the Leonardian (Performing Arts Centre) with STEM classrooms, a 612-seat auditorium and the capability for theatrical and musical performances. The installation of the orchestra lift and stage sound shell enables the space to be converted from an orchestra performance into a theatrical space within 30 minutes. The half fly-gallery features acoustic ceiling reflectors and additional 15 lines for stage lighting and theatrical props, providing a unique learning environment for students. Also included was a grand foyer, servery and cloakroom for hosting functions and intermissions.
Instantly recognisable by its gabled twin peak arches and corium brick exterior, 60 Cremorne Street delivers a clever industrial outer shell with a warm, spacious interior. This seven-storey, PCA A-grade, 20,000sqm commercial building features winter gardens, a cantilevered feature staircase, a top-level terrace, extensive end-of-trip facilities and a vast atrium. Among other stand-outs, the project features striking architectural design incorporating a cutting-edge, high-performance façade, a future-proofed and adaptable underfloor air-distribution system and access floor, and services capable of expansion. This project provides 19,690sqm of NLA, parking for 237 vehicles and public-accessible retail spaces. It has an ambitious set of ESD targets, including a 6-star Green Star Design and As Built rating and a 5-star base building NABERS energy rating.
The strong application of innovative engineered systems to control risks associated with hazards unique to the project was one of the key successes on the City of Greater Geelong Civic Accommodation Building project. Installation of a five-level mass timber frame structure with cross-laminated timber floor plates, including a fully glazed curtain wall and window-wall façade, introduced the increased potential for the fall of objects during the construction process requiring collaboration with multiple internal and external stakeholders. The project team implemented systems of work to manage the unique complexities associated with the scale of the structure and unique building material that required installation. In consultation with the timber supplier, timber installation crew and crane crew, the project team eliminated the use of soft slings and the potential of damage to exposed structural surfaces. They established a safer and more efficient lifting methodology and increased the margin of safety and control over lifting equipment through specialty equipment. The use of an internal retractable safety netting system reduced the risk of falling objects without requiring ongoing maintenance, often typical with shade cloth installation. The project team’s approach to consultation was inclusive and all-encompassing, which resulted in the implementation of higher-order controls and improved safety outcomes.
For the NOMAD Melbourne project, Infinity was engaged to work closely with the architect and services designers to collectively work through all design elements to enable the commencement of works on site. The premises required a huge strip out of old kitchen, bar and back-of-house equipment along with cosmetic elements to establish a clean slate carried out in the early design phase to establish services from the Adelphi Hotel above. During the strip-out process, the challenges of maintaining fire protection to the space was required. The scope of this project was to deliver a 120-seat restaurant with an upbeat bar area, a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and back-of-house kitchen and storage, a purpose-built climate-controlled wine room for 2000 wine bottles and a humidity-controlled purpose-built charcuterie unit.
Buildcorp was appointed to deliver a premium fitout to the Level 1 and 2 mezzanine space as part of the refurbishment of the Queen and Collins Precinct. Designed by BVN, the space is an intriguing blend of the building’s gothic heritage with eclectic design and state-of-the-art technology. Designed to offer flexible workspaces that are individually bookable, the project incorporates two floors of open office space, specialised hybrid meeting rooms, a beautifully designed café, a 26-person board room, and multiple presentation spaces. The rich design aesthetic encompasses a diversity of high-end finishes, intricate detailed and highly coordinated batten ceilings, and a distinctive colour palette linking the building’s iconic history to the present.
Botanicca 3 was a complete fit-out for a new national support office. The project was a fast-track fit-out project that was completed across 14,500sqm, two interconnecting buildings, seven levels and an external terrace area. The project entailed a number of unique elements so that the Botanicca 3 space would cater to all of the client’s specific needs. Some of these key features included a new void cut-out and architectural stair; a cafe and commercial kitchen; external terrace area, inclusive of planters, seating, lighting, heating, a servery area and presentation space; extensive amount of collaborations spaces; a main Comms Room and 6 No. Satellite Comms Rooms; meeting rooms equipped with the latest Audio Visual technology; and material selection that showcased our client as a brand by highlighting the use of common, everyday building products.
The NEXTDC M2 Data Centre Stage 4 build, is a showcase of concrete excellence, featuring a novel, prefabricated, modular design that delivers a future-proofed facility that can be expanded as the client’s (and their customers’) needs change. Stage 4 is part of NEXTDC’s hyperscale cloud expansion, delivering an additional 6MW of direct access to local public cloud infrastructure. The large-scale, highly-complex development involved the construction of a new building comprising six data halls over five levels, including a 10-megawatt data hall – one of the largest of its kind in Victoria. Additionally, M2 is Melbourne’s most resilient, connected and energy-efficient data centre and Victoria’s only tier IV completely fault-tolerant data centre.
Sarah Sands is a contemporary residential and retail development designed by award-winning architects JCB Architects. Located in Melbourne’s inner north, Sarah Sands was a passion project for Kapitol Group’s client. The Sarah Sands Hotel first opened in 1854 and was named after the iconic SS Sarah Sands steamship, which sailed to Melbourne from Liverpool at the height of Melbourne’s gold mining boom in the 1850s. The Hotel finally closed its doors in 2017, and this development honours the rich and diverse history of the building and its location. The scope of works consisted of a new building made up of 31 high-end apartments over seven levels, three commercial tenancies, a two-level basement, and the restoration of the adjoining heritage pub.
Situated on a grand 4598sqm site, Victoriana will deliver 232 luxury residential apartments over 17 levels. Designed by renowned architects Rothelowman, the elegant two, three and four-bedroom residences are spacious and light-filled, with a free-flowing open-plan living design. The sophisticated interiors are fitted with high-end fixtures and fine materials, from natural stone-detailed Gaggenau kitchens to luxurious bathrooms that feature floor-to-ceiling stone and Gessi tapware. Cascading terraces flow down the grand double frontage of Victoriana, with horizontal bands stretching across the impressive sculptural façade. Victoriana redefines everyday outdoor living with private gardens and balconies that offer residents breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline, parklands, lakes and the ocean. The Premium collection features a grand array of luxury pools integrated throughout the private terraces.
The Glenroy Community Hub delivers a purpose-built centre that achieves the requirements of the International Passive House standard and 3 Petals of the Living Building Challenge. These are world-leading sustainable design and construction practices. The design included the workshopping of critical construction junctions to ensure thermal bridge-free design and airtightness, which are both critical features of Passive House. To ensure that the project achieved the post-construction air tightness test of 0.6 air changes per hour (@50 pascals), training for contractors was implemented to ensure they could deliver in practice. The project’s sustainability credentials were further reinforced with the saving and renovation of an existing heritage building designed to be a continuous part of the library space. The bricks from junction walls were saved, and the walls were reinstated once the adjoining structure was installed.
HBS Group was engaged as a head contractor to complete significant facade restoration works. The facade works consisted of metres and metres of strings of moulding replacement, restoring the facade to its original beauty. HBS devised significant scaffold access solutions, completed an internal fit-out, upgraded services and constructed new rooftop promenades for events access. The project’s heritage building works required support of excavation works, complex structural works and hospitality/events promotional works. Internally a gallery viewing area was created so visitors can view the beauty within and the beauty of the towering dome. HBS, along with Museums Victoria, were excited about the discovery of an old lift shaft that has been preserved and incorporated into the stairwell. A glass cover was installed to ensure future visitors would enjoy this fine piece of history without causing it any damage.
The Richmond Terminal Station(RTS) was the largest and first site constructed of Project Edison. The scope involved 14 stages of sequential and continuous civil and building work spanning over a seven-year period, ensuring electricity to the grid and particularly to the Melbourne CBD remained uninterrupted. The RTS is one of the key terminal stations supplying the Melbourne CBD area. The works on-site involved the following elements, all completed within a live electrical switchyard: construction of both 220 and 66kV Gas Insulation Switchgear (GIS) buildings, including cable basements and fit-out including HVAC, electrical, earthing, security, plumbing and fire; demolition of redundant 220kV switchyard; a complete underground conduit networks spanning over the entire site; construction of a control building including internal fit-out; extensive retaining wall construction; and internal roadways and fencing.