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While single storey timber buildings are common in Western Australia, taller constructions are not. Pioneering a greener, faster and more efficient approach, the De Havilland Apartments in Midland is the first medium-rise timber building in Western Australia.

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read more p. 48 The project also boasts another green landmark in that it is the first fully commercial Power Ledger platform in Western Australia, featuring solar and battery power, where a private company provides the capital for the system and sells the output to tenants.

As everyone in the industry knows, dealing with government instrumentalities can at times be long and arduous. Patience paid off recently for JCM when the investment of a substantial effort into working with the local council resulted in their Bayswater apartment project finally receiving approval after two and a half years. The complex comprises 17 units over five levels and is one of value and validity for the local community.

read more p. 88 read more p. 92 School extensions and refurbishments feature strongly in this issue with projects being completed at Scotch College, Eaton Community College and Iona Presentation College.

Also in this issue is a story on how a building that originally housed a temperance society has now, somewhat paradoxically, been transformed into a multi-purpose performance, entertainment and hospitality venue. The Rechabite Hall in Northbridge, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, has now been refurbished and rebuilt by McCorkell Constructions into four innovative and attractive levels which, at the same time, maintain the authenticity and heritage of one of Perth’s grand heritage treasures.

read more p. 74 As Perth continues to grow, so does the demand for facilities where people can shop, dine and avail themselves of various services, all close to home. In this issue we look at a $63m expansion to the Ellenbrook Central Shopping Centre. Owned by Vicinity Centres and designed and constructed by Doric, the development consists of an extension to the existing mall to accommodate a new major tenant, three mini majors and a selection of specialty tenancies.

read more p. 32 With the country’s population continuing to age, more and more aged care facilities are needed in both cities and regional areas. We report on a recent aged care facility expansion in Geraldton – the upmarket Arcadia Waters – built by WA Country Builders and owned by the Arcadia Group. SRF Earthmoving was established in 1996 to fill a growing need in the building industry for high quality Bobcat Operations. SRF founder, Steve Farano has steadily expanded the company, which now provides a comprehensive range of earthmoving and related equipment and service hire.

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Peter Hogg has been in the architecture profession for 35 years. Now Head of Program for the Bachelor of Built Environment course at Melbourne Polytechnic, Peter shares how he managed to maintain connections with his students as they suddenly transitioned to remote learning during the coronavirus lockdown, and how he thinks the wider profession could benefit from learnings during this time. A fellow architect and educator made a remark recently that architectural education has broadly been the same for 200 years. What a feat it has been, then, to adapt and turn the whole thing on its head in the space of two weeks after COVID-19 lockdown was announced in March. The wider architecture industry would be wise to sit up and take note that this is prime time to consider making long-overdue changes.

In terms of how the repercussions of coronavirus will impact the profession, an increase in working from home across all industries will likely mean we don’t require all of the real estate we’ve been building – lessening the need for big new road projects in turn. For me, this is a good thing. The way many people talk about construction is that more is always better and that rising housing prices are somehow a good thing. This is reason for concern, as it means a lot of people find themselves in housing distress; they can’t afford mortgages or rent, and we have rising numbers of people living on the streets. This not a measure of success. It is high time that the whole speculative approach to development is critically re-examined. The ‘bigger is better’, ‘denser is better’ approach is deeply flawed. The push that is coming our way now for state government to look at provision of lots more social housing is a very positive thing. It is something we’ve neglected for decades. It’s time to stop stalling and just do it. The development and construction industry is currently driven by speculation and the dollar. We should start looking at this city – Melbourne – and consider whether we actually want these ultra high-rise buildings which will be around for decades to come. Anyone who believes more density is always good and that 25-square-meter apartments, 40 stories in the air are ideal living conditions should consider how they would feel if they were stuck in one of them. We’ve gone too far down this route; and we need to rethink our approach to development.

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We need to reset the system, and we’re being handed the opportunity and time now to look at how we can do better. The European model of development, with medium-rise buildings and more generosity to the size of apartments, would be a step in the right direction for me. Being a hands-on, practical institute, many people thought it was a given that Melbourne Polytechnic would just shut down temporarily when the COVID-19 lockdown took hold. As Head of Program for Bachelor of Built Environment, I thought “no, we have to do this, we have a duty to honour our commitment to our students”. So, we responded to the need to be flexible and explored new possibilities in order to make the transition to remote learning. Though we’ve managed surprisingly well, this unprecedented change was accompanied by downsides. All the incidental and casual contact we have with students has been taken away. We have to work extra hard to keep some students engaged in the course and in the community we’re trying to build. Most notably of all though – as an architect and teacher of budding architects – has been the challenge of fostering creative energy. As a discipline somewhere between art and science, nurturing this is crucial to us achieving our potential. I like to create learning environments where my students can feed off each others’ creativity and energy; that’s not easy to mimic through online course delivery. It’s been a testing few months, but what we’ve learned about how to deliver remote learning, and its potential, will benefit

architectural education for a long time to come. We’ve proven that remote learning works, students can remain productive and, in fact, this style of learning even suits some subjects and some students’ lifestyles. A mixed model of face-to-face and remote course delivery will be something we may look at implementing permanently in the future. Providing students with flexible learning options is only going to be a positive. It’s a matter of equity. Testament to this is a promising prospective student of the course who lives in Wodonga. Coming to campus in Epping three days a week would be too much. Other students have school aged kids, and in the past if the kids were sick they missed class. Now, with remote learning, they don’t have to miss out. If we can offer the possibility of partly completing the course online, it would immediately become much more accessible. The current situation is also forcing us to provide more learning resources online.

This year, we’re looking into hosting a digital exhibition, which will allow us to promote the course to audiences anywhere in the world. This helps level the playing field as we’re effectively showcasing our work in the same space as any big name international university. The education sector has proven how adaptable it can be and will benefit if it learns the lessons from the pandemic. The architectural profession would be wise to do the same.

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PROFILE

In 2014 Beth Moresi did just that, bidding farewell to her days in fashion, heading to a world of building and construction where she would swing hammers, carry timber and play in a space where she’d often be the only female on site. While Moresi battled fierce stigma from colleagues and clients, she enjoyed the freedom of working outdoors and seeing projects take shape, proving that women truly can do what traditionally was regarded at ‘men’s work’.

‘LADY TRADIES’ FORECAST TO BOOST ECONOMIC GROWTH The trade industry has long-been male dominated, however, in recent years the industry has welcomed a rise in the number of women who are keen to swap designer clothes for a pair of steel cap boots. By improving the overall rate of women in the workforce, particularly in male dominated industries like construction, research conducted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) indicates that Australia could potentially increase its economic growth by $25 billion over the next 10 years.

Now with her own company, BethBuilds, Moresi services commercial and domestic building projects around Melbourne, Victoria and is one of the many ‘lady tradies’ set to shake up the industry. “I’ve always had a passion for being hands on in my work and building something really beautiful. Acknowledging women’s place in construction and how integral it is to the industry is long overdue, and it’s down to innovative, reputable brands such as Blundstone that work tremendously hard to showcase what we do in the industry. Women have an extremely valuable but most importantly, equal role in the construction sector and I am so grateful to have found a profession I love,” says Beth. Building and construction is the nation’s second largest industry, but with women currently making up only 11% of the industry’s total workforce and only 1% of building trades, the industry is missing out on the skills and talents of half the population .

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However, it is estimated that by 2022, women in the building and construction industry are expected to make up a staggering 46.8% of the workforce, putting an end to the social and cultural norm of ‘men’ on the tools. While workwear brands are slowly introducing unisex safety options, iconic footwear brand, Blundstone, recognises the need to support women in trades and “ensures that women, like men, have choice and access to high quality safety boots needed for everyday work on the job”, says Adam Blake, Blundstone Global Head of Brand, Design and Consumer Engagement. Blundstone’s Women’s Safety Series bridges the gap between safety and style, providing sturdy, reliable and fit for purpose boots designed for optimum support, protection and comfort across a range of job sites. From construction to property, engineering and electrical trades, the four styles #892, #897, #884 and #885 are part of the wider Women’s Safety Series providing an extra level of support and cushioning with Blundstone’s SPS Max Comfort system, featuring XRD® Technology*. Building on all the features Blundstone devotees have come to know and love, such as impact resistant toe caps, shanks for maximum torsional stability and outsoles designed to increase slip resistance, each of these styles also have unique properties ensuring Blundstone now provide safety footwear for women working in most industries. All Blundstone safety boots comply with AS 2210.3:2019 and ASTM F213-18 standards and are available via select stores throughout Australia and backed by a 30-day comfort and six-month manufacturing guarantee. For further information, please visit www.blundstone.com.au/womens-safety-series

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THE PRECINCT Construction of a 23-level residential complex will always bring with it many challenges, but BGC’s recent Precinct Apartments Stage 2 project presented a somewhat different level of complexity in that the client Norup + Wilson allowed a large amount of customisation of the apartment by their purchasers. Pre-sales prior to construction and further sales during construction of the project resulted in more than 60% of all of the apartments being altered significantly from the standard layouts and finishes schedule. In some cases, apartments were fully bespoke. Consisting of 21 levels above ground and two below, the Mt Pleasant complex has four levels of car parking for both tenants and visitors and contains 192 apartments along with communal facilities including swimming pool, library, theatre room, cabana, steam room, gym, running track and sky lounge. The ground floor houses 11 food and beverage tenancies which are connected via a piazza.

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High ceilings - most of which exceed a height of 2900 - in all apartments provide a volume of space not found on most highrise apartment projects. FIRST HIGH-RISE WITH A DUMBWAITER

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This is the first high-rise building, possibly in the world, that has a dumbwaiter servicing all the floors. Having 10 food and beverage outlets on the ground floor, it made sense to be able to order and have delivery to every floor in the building. Also with the future in mind, the fibre backbone cabling throughout ensures that any new service update to the building is simply software and hardware updates. Other unique features include extra high ceilings, 2.4m high internal doors, extensive cabinetwork and storage solutions. The building is a 5 Star Greenstar design which incorporates significant passive solar design ideas. Having full wrap-around balconies to the building perimeter provides significant shading to the glazing, and the careful orientation of the design identified the best solar outcome and reduced wind resistance. Other initiatives include regen drives on the lifts, solar panels to the roof, ceiling fans, zoned air conditioning, and centralised plant, all of which add to the environmental credentials of the development.

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The tower levels from levels 3 to 21 utilise prefabricated Insulated Panels (SIP) walls with a CFC cladding and double-glazed sliding doors and windows. DESIGN AND ENGINEERING WORKSHOPPED BGC were engaged early in the project to undertake a forward works pack which was limited to demolition, piling and earthworks. During the design development stage BGC engaged with the client with early contractor involvement that enabled BGC and Norup+Wilson to fine-tune the design and workshop value engineering ideas. After the completion of the design BGC provided a detailed estimate for the project and again engaged with Norup+Wilson in an open book post tender review which eventually resulted in the tailoring of the contract price and specification to meet the client’s budgets.

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Following the finalisation of the post contract negotiations BGC was awarded the head contract as a lump sum fixed price using an amended form of AS 2124 contract. The site is bounded by Canning Highway to the north, Sleat Road to the west and established properties to east and south. As the two-storey basement was built to the boundary to all sides, it required contiguous piles to support the surrounding premises and ensure they were not adversely affected by the works. A deep raft slab was constructed to take the loads from the two in situ concrete cores which extended through the entire 23 floors of the building. FIVE FLOORS OF CAR PARKING A combination of in situ walls and columns, along with precast wall panels, were utilised for the car park structure which extends five floors from the two-storey basement level through to level three. Above the level three podium slab the main structure utilised post tensioned slabs supported primarily by in situ columns and some precast panels.


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Services at the Precinct have been designed to comply with the Greenstar requirements and to complement the passive design with a view to reducing energy consumption and strata fees. A VRF air conditioning system was installed with power proportioning, heat recovery and zone controls. Hot water is supplied by a central hot water system with all apartments individually metered for both hot and cold water supplied. Wels 5-Star rated hydraulic fittings have been installed to all apartments. The Precinct is one of the most technologically advanced buildings in Australia. Technological features include fingerprint entry door locks and near field and Bluetooth activation of all access doors to the building, which allows doors to be opened from anywhere in the world.

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It’s been 35 odd years and Antonio Corea – The Marble Man – is still doing his amazing craft in the art of stone. Whether travelling to a quarry somewhere on the planet to select a particular stone to suit the attention to detail of a client or just shopping for the very next innovative and decorative marble and granite products, Antonio Corea has certainly done so to complete some truly incredible projects around the world thus far. No job has been too big or too small for the innovative and creative hands of Antonio Corea, The Marble Man and his highly skilled team of craftsmen. Born in Calabria, Italy Antonio says that it’s just so natural for him to be in the trade of stone. From locally in Perth, Western Australia to interstate and all the different parts of the world, The Marble Man can assist you in getting any project to the highest quality polish, and completed on time. Because

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ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING Electric vehicle charging is available in the carpark and the latest Clipsal technology for light switching is built into the building, providing mobile device controls for lighting to all the apartments. Occupiers are also able to link their mobile devices to this system thereby allowing further flexibility and control. A back-up generator has been installed to drive essential services including lifts in the event of power outage. A PE Solar system has been installed and linked to the common services to further reduce the energy consumption of the building. External finishes to the lower levels consist of painted precast concrete, feature tiles and glazing. Between levels 1 and 3 to areas facing Canning Highway and Sleat Road a feature powdercoated artwork screen “Bird’s Beak” has been installed with programmable LED lights forming a unique facade which is truly stunning, especially at night. 28

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PROMOTING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN WA Conceived by industry leaders to inspire and educate Western Australians about a future in the construction industry, the Constructions Futures Centre (CFC) as an exhibition space promotes construction to the general public and, as a facility, brings the industry together to build capacity for the future.

Located at 104 Belgravia Street, Belmont, the CFC is a resource for the industry, by the industry. Operated by CTF, the Construction Futures Centre is a multi-purpose facility for school excursions and industry functions. The exhibition space contains interactive and high tech displays including VR and video to highlight the many impressive achievements in WA’s construction industry. Some of the state’s best apprentices and industry practitioners are represented in the centre to promote construction to the next generation. The Construction Futures Centre is WA’s only excursion venue that offers a hands-on, interactive experience of WA’s building and construction industry. It integrates real life examples of maths, science, design and technology with virtual reality, augmented
reality, videos and games developed specifically for the CFC to educate and inspire a new generation about the diverse career opportunities available in an industry that employs more Western Australians than any other.

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CFC allows students to step out of the classroom and into workplaces to learn about the people, occupations and technologies that plan, create and manage our build environment. The CFC experience engages students with a range of interactive exhibits that covers all aspects of the industry. From handson occupations to design and leadership roles there really is something for everyone. Visitors can experience a tower crane high above the Perth skyline through virtual reality; 
meet the people that take a family home from plans to hand-over; use augmented reality technologies to read plans and bring them to life; find out what lies beneath our streets and behind our walls; hear stories from apprentices who are building their careers in the industry; learn how sustainability and technology are changing how we build; meet the movers and shakers in the industry; and, see maths and science in practice. 
 Every occupation in the construction industry is built on core skills that are developed at school and the CFC integrates STE(A)M principles and 21st century skills to deliver a memorable experience. When visiting the CFC, each student is provided with a CFC iPod that allows them to scan, tag and interact with each exhibit. Students then then receive a personalised email empowering them to take learning beyond the centre.


The Occupations Oracle, which is an interactive database of careers and occupations, allows students to select the level of their interest in areas such as design, creativity and leadership to generate a range of occupations for them to investigate further. School excursions to the CFC are free of charge.

CFC allows students to step out of the classroom and into workplaces to learn about the people, occupations and technologies that plan, create and manage our build environment. Facilities available to construction industry The CFC facility is also perfect for industry functions, board meetings and presentations. The theatrette can host up to 45 people and there is a separate breakout room which can accommodate up to 60 people with flexible seating arrangements.

Demonstrating practical applications The CFC demonstrates how the skills students acquire at school, such as maths and science, have practical applications in the planning, design and construction of everything from homes to skyscrapers. The students experience virtual reality, augmented reality, video and gaming technologies that will transport them to some of the most exciting sites across WA and highlight how technology is shaping the future of construction.

The exhibition space is just as much fun for industry professionals as it is for school students, with the VR and Augmented Reality providing a great insight into the future of the industry. With the ability to host up to 60 people, the exterior patio is supported by kitchen facilities that are perfect for food and drink services as part of an industry function. The boardroom can accommodate 15 people and is equipped with wifi, smartboard and conference call facilities. Use of the CFC is free to industry members.

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ARCADIA AGED CARE

Upmarket retirement village CONTINUES TO EXPAND As the population of Australia continues to age the demand for retirement accommodation continually increases. In response to that demand many retirement villages have sprung up throughout the cities and regional areas. One regional retirement village, Arcadia Waters in Geraldton, continues to meet that demand with further expansion.

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The upmarket retirement village is situated high on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean and is located within the popular Seacrest Estate. Only a few minutes’ drive from the city, it is just across the road from the new Seacrest shopping centre and medical rooms.

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ARCADIA AGED CARE At Arcadia Waters Geraldton, many features are available to encourage residents to be socially active. Major attractions at the village include the $3.5m world-class resort clubhouse, bowling green, library, internet café, fitness centre, outdoor and indoor swimming pool, heated spa, workshop, craft room, hairdresser and beautician, and barbecue facilities. The most recent expansion involved the construction of seven free-standing single storey units within the Arcadia complex. Each unit has three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a double garage, office, kitchen, laundry, living and dining room. The new units were built by WA Country Builders, who have been involved in the Arcadia project for many years and who also constructed the previous set of units. FINAL DESIGN SUITED TO RESIDENTS’ NEEDS WA Country Builders were involved from early in the design process through to construction. They were given the original designs from the Arcadia Group which they then tweaked in conjunction with the client to ensure that the final design would be suitable to meet the changing needs of the residents. Following significant consultation with the Stage Two residents, Arcadia Group fine-tuned the ergonomics of the kitchen and bathroom areas for ease of mobility, reverting back to the

conventional, easy-to-access wall ovens, and by reducing trip hazards between floor surfaces. WA Country Builders completed all siteworks, retaining and construction of the units. The units were constructed in double brick with colorbond roofing and portions of render, feature brick. Varying colours were used to individualise the front elevations. Internally the units were complete with Essastone benchtops, laminated cabinets, ceramic tiling to all wet areas, carpet to bedrooms and vinyl planking to the main flooring. FUNCTIONAL AND EASY TO LIVE IN The brief required the new units to be functional and easy for residents to live in. It was also important to ensure that the units’ exteriors were not too dissimilar to the existing units but, at the same time, still have a modern and fresh appearance. In pursuing the brief’s objectives a great deal of time and thought by WA Country Builders and Arcadia went into the decisions around the external design and selections to ensure the new units were modern and blended in well with the existing units. Each unit’s exterior scheme was individually selected to ensure it not only worked with the other units being constructed but also the surrounding units and the complex as a whole.

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The most important challenge for WA Country Builders was to ensure there was as little disruption as possible to the existing residences in the complex. This was significant because the new units were being constructed across the road from existing units. Attaining this objective was made relatively simple through engendering a good relationship with the complex manager and current residents, and through the use of a more permanent fence with dust suppression during construction, instead of more temporary solutions. UNIQUE LOOK FOR EACH UNIT

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WA Country Builders is a genuine country builder, born in the country and committed to providing local and experienced staff to look after clients throughout the building process. As a family owned business with more than 20 years of experience in building across regional WA, they are aware that their clients deserve the best local advice, the widest choice of home designs and materials, great value and award-winning service from a builder they can rely on.

Since 2003 the Arcadia Group has been providing awardwinning retirement communities for Western Australia’s over-55 population. With Arcadia villages located throughout WA and now also in Victoria - under the Rylands and La Dimora brands - they offer community living for all budgets. They are confident there will be an Arcadia village that suits each individual flair and style.

WA Country Builders are currently working on many individual and beautiful homes for their clients all across the Midwest Region. They are excited about the prospect of continuing their relationship with the Arcadia Group and are looking at the potential next stage of units within the complex.

The Arcadia Group is a long-standing and accredited member of the Property Council of Australia - Retirement Living, Australia’s peak body for the retirement industry. Their membership requires them to meet the high criteria set by an Accreditation Program and reassures their clients that they operate their villages to the highest professional standards.

AWARD-WINNING RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES Arcadia Group was founded in 1999 to meet growing demand for high quality, purpose-built retirement communities in Australia. Construction of the first village began in 2001. Today Arcadia Group owns and operates six resort-style retirement villages in WA. In Victoria they have two medium-rise communities where they manage the delivery of care to their residents. A third comprehensive integrated Community is also underway in Hidden Valley, Victoria. This development will comprise approximately 500 accommodation places for seniors who wish to age within their existing community.

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It comprises the demolition of the existing boarding house and library across two separate stages to enable the construction of a new multi-storey, split level building located in the centre of the Iona campus. The present development was constructed by PS Structures with management services being provided by Total Project Management (TotalPM). It comprises the demolition of the existing boarding house and library to enable the construction of a new multi-storey, split level building located in the centre of the Iona campus. SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED SPACE AND FACILITIES The building has been developed to help met the College’s ongoing educational and curriculum objectives and to provide contemporary learning environments to cater for the existing student population with a core focus on STEM. It also includes significantly improved space and facilities for student services, a staff community lounge and replacement of the existing library, now referred to as the iCentre. Designed by EIW Architects, the development was integrated into the existing built fabric, while creating a new hub for the ‘heart’ of the Iona year 7-12 campus. The multi-storey, split level building connects into the existing building levels. As the site is tight and sloping the building

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has been designed to respond accordingly, thus enhancing universal accessibility (specifically to neighbouring buildings) and connection throughout the campus. The design addresses the fall across the site with splitting of levels and connecting into the various surrounding building levels. The basement level connects with the existing northern ground level, while the half level up, referred to as the ground floor, connects into the existing ground levels. Key materials used in the project include Compressed Fibre Cement Swiss Pearl Cladding, composite timber claddings, Capral CW 175 double glazing, brickwork and sheet metal roofing generally. LOAD-BEARING AFS WALLS AND CONCRETE COLUMNS The development generally consists of in situ concrete columns supporting in situ concrete slabs, with elements of AFS walling throughout. Transfer slabs and beams were adopted where required, however these were kept to a minimum. A concrete roof slab provides support for the plant and equipment, with structural

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DE HAVILLAND APARTMENTS

First medium rise timber building IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA A unique and innovative design, building and development project, De Havilland Apartments is the first medium-rise building in Western Australia. Set in the heart of the newly redeveloped areas of Midland, the complex is surrounded by strong history, heritage architecture, art and culture and is only 16km from the city. Mirroring the urbanisation and redevelopment of the area, De Havilland offers an opportunity to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle within a vibrant culture that is rich in industrial history, sustainable growth and innovation

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The apartment complex was named after British aircraft designer Geoffery De Havilland who employed wood to build many of the world’s fastest aircraft in the 1930s.

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Bluerock also made a design statement with the building’s industrial style interiors and by making the units 20% larger than average for the price range in which they are situated.

Bluerock Projects director, Stuart Hawley, said one of the greatest challenges in the project was finding supply chains for rarely used and timber-associated materials in Western Australia.

The complex consists of nine 2 bed/2 bath/2 parking apartments and one commercial tenancy. Bluerock believes that the innovative timber construction method used heralds the way forward for sustainable developments in Western Australia. Combined with initiatives like double stacked car bays, electric car charging ports, large ‘New York’ loft style design aesthetics, quality fixtures and connected location, the complex offers a truly unique and environmentally friendly lifestyle option. The brief stipulated a number of major requirements for the project: • to be the first timber medium rise building WA; • to be sustainable without additional costs; • to be eye-catching in design and make a statement; • to design apartments that reverse the trend of smaller less liveable spaces;

• to achieve all five of the following markers with as little compromise as possible:

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“This required lots of phone calls and negotiation,” he said. “Initially, no one really believed me when I said I was going to do this and they would not take me seriously. “I had to put down on the site and get the drawings mostly done before I could negotiate seriously and that represented a significant risk in outlay without much guarantee on pricing.” Only local timber was used in the project with stick timber supplied by Wespine and engineered timber supplied by Wesbeam. “The project was built in 10 months to PC at a lower than traditional cost,” Mr Hawley said. “We now possess the knowledge of what it takes to build in timber in WA on a commercial scale. We also have learnt a great deal from the process and that will make us even more efficient next time.”

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For this reason, highly experienced Western Australian carpentry company Touchwood Carpentry, owned and run by Alex Bormolini, had a substantial involvement in the project. Mr Bormolini was appointed site manager and worked closely with the developer to make sure that the first timber framed commercial build in Western Australia was a success. The scope of works for Touchwood Carpentry was quite extensive: initially forming up the pad, all the wall frames and all the roof frames, the ceiling grids, laying all the floors, sheeting all the gyprock internally and all the gyprock fireproofing. Touchwood then cladded the external façade. The Touchwood Carpentry team of experts also installed the kitchens and did all the doors, skirtings and hardware throughout the entire build. Mr Bormolini said that like all building projects, there were challenges with the De Havilland project, one of which was the way that they had to load the job. “It was a much different process to the traditional way working with concrete structures,” he said. “Nevertheless, the time taken from forming the pad to PC of 10 months was very fast and successful.” Mr Bormolini said he believes commercial timber framing projects are here to stay due to much faster build times making them more cost effective, and the fact that more skills and experience will be gained as more timber framed projects are built.

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BYFORD CUDDLES CHILDCARE This centre’s new kitchen allows young children to interact with the staff to gain these important life skills, nurturing their curiosity whilst ensuring their safety. The outdoor play areas also form a key element for this childcare centre. The landscape team created two custom-designed, handbuilt nature playgrounds made largely from free formed timber. These landscapes were designed and constructed to facilitate the growing imagination of young children while replicating as closely as possible the natural world around them. They have protective sunshades to ensure all weather play and artificial turf for low maintenance, beneficial for both children and staff. For this project, Metrowest Constructions were approached by the Client to tender an existing DA approved layout. However, on receiving the designs Metrowest saw an opportunity for an alternative scheme that, for the same budget, would present a more attractive final build and incorporate concepts to increase efficiency for the operator. The Client was open to this new design, providing the program and project feasibility were not impacted: an important balance between property owner and operator had to be achieved. Metrowest collaborated with an experienced Architectural and Consultant team to revisit the project brief and reinterpret the

design. Mark Lewington, of Metrowest Constructions, commented on the research that Metrowest carried out prior to tender: “We work closely with our designers and customers to understand how a building can be successful and serve the needs of all parties involved in the project. Metrowest has been fortunate to be involved in several new Childcare projects and we understand that innovation and operational efficiency are becoming an essential part of new Childcare Centre design. We were able to utilise our experience in the approach to this project”. A comprehensive review of Cuddles’ existing centres was undertaken, speaking in detail with Cuddles staff to establish regular operational and learning requirements in relation to the building design. Specific needs such as staff movements, spacing, and facilities were highlighted, which allowed Metrowest to return with a clear new brief which formed the basis for the new childcare design. This revised centre layout promoted a positive workflow, with short travel distances for staff and providing high levels of child visibility throughout. Children can be visible from multiple angles within the primary care areas, as well as secondary observation from other locations within the facility.

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BYFORD CUDDLES CHILDCARE Allan Carver, director of Cuddles Early Learning Group, expressed his satisfaction with the build, and commended the interaction that Metrowest maintained with Cuddles throughout the project. “The workmanship and quality of the centre is a standout; the Cuddles team are very proud to be operating at our new site.” During the design process, environmental and sustainability factors were taken into consideration; an acoustic assessment was completed to ensure noise levels were maintained at acceptable levels, and an energy efficiency report was undertaken to ensure equipment and materials achieved the optimum performance with minimised costs. Materials and equipment were also selected to lower regular planned maintenance costs. Placement of equipment was an

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EATON COLLEGE HIGH IN DETAIL, COMPLEXITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP The construction project was extremely high in detail and relatively complex with a vast degree of materials and construction details with the hallmark of the project being the many architectural features that have been finished to a high degree of craftsmanship. The new science building includes six laboratories, preparation area, staff studies area, chemical storage, general storage, interview room and foyer with open corridors. Externally, a new access ramp and stairs were provided to the northern entry together with generous open and covered areas to the southwest elevations. These areas include seating walls, landscaping rock seating, feature brick walls and geometrically shaped exposed concrete paving.

Due to the architectural features of the building, BGC’s relationship with the architect was paramount to success. Site Architecture Studio were professional and extremely invested in their design and expected outcomes. Quality was emphasized throughout all design challenges with many resolutions ‘work-shopped’ to achieve practical architecture results without compromise. STRIKING FEATURES With this solution-oriented collaboration, the BGC site team was able to deliver some striking features to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. The project was certainly not lacking in features, with the design being well outside the standard pattern that BGC has been used to with educational projects.

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The design was demanding and the timeframe was extremely challenging, however the project was never compromised and the result is extremely rewarding.” Internally these buildings enter another dimension with raked and double raking ceilings, geometrical plasterboard perforated ceilings, timber wall cladding, ergonomic cabinetry and modern lighting: the architects have deinstitutionalised this new building without compromising their educational purposes. Commenting on the new science block, BGC Construction Regional Manager Ross Marshall said the entire project team was fantastic. “Our experience was inspiring and quite refreshing,” Mr Marshall said. EXTREMELY CHALLENGING “The design was demanding and the timeframe was extremely challenging, however the project was never compromised and the result is extremely rewarding.” A high profile entity in the building industry, BGC is a familyowned group that has grown and diversified from modest beginnings as a property developer in the 1960s to become one of Australia’s top ten largest privately owned companies by turnover, with a number of its operations spanning Australia. The company has interests in construction materials construction, the manufacture of building products, residential construction, mining and civil construction and contracting, industrial maintenance and fabrication services, commercial construction, heavy road haulage, and property ownership and management.

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MUNRO STREET EAST FREMANTLE

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MUNRO STREET EAST FREMANTLE The home was built on a 736m² block with an old house being demolished to make way for the new residence. The two-storey building includes alfresco, garage, verandah and decks and is 713m² in area. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two powder rooms, gym, study, laundry, a four-car garage, kitchen, scullery, larder, games room, theatre, and an alfresco featuring a pizza oven and Fergusons custom barbecue. RESORT STYLE FEEL “The main requirements for the brief were that I wanted a four-car garage, and we also wanted a relaxed resort style feel with all the rooms to be usable,” Mr Letizia said. “We also required a sunken fire pit, larder, off-form concrete, stonework, no glass balustrading to the pool area, and the house designed to take advantage of the views we have.”

We also required a sunken fire pit, larder, offform concrete, stonework, no glass balustrading to the pool area... It was also important to make use of the natural light and to get the orientation of the building correct, and to make sure it was designed around family dynamics so their teenage and adult children would have their own zone. Entertaining was also central to the theme of the design, resulting in the house boasting five ovens. Mr Letizia said the most challenging part of the project was the design process. “I wanted a four-car garage but the designer was worried about having a long passage, so we separated the front gym room from the rest of the home and eliminated half the passage, creating a the feeling of a resort style oasis as soon as the 6m high electric gate opens to enter the home. “The garage door is also concealed as the battens to the front of the home wrap around the elevation.

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SEARCH FOR DIFFERENT MATERIALS Other challenges included trying to find different types of materials to make that point of difference. Special features that make the house different are the cabinets detail, stonework, off form concrete to the planter box and column of the pool, the use of porcelain benchtops throughout, infinity edge pool with herringbone mosaic tiles, ponds to the front of the home, 3m high x 1.5m wide timber front entry door, lift, coolroom, and Dulux texture coat to all external walls. The 6m high electric entry gate is made from steel and inserted with Kaynemaile which was sourced from New Zealand. This project is the first residential property to use the product in Western Australia.

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Materials were sourced from many different parts of Australia and from around the world, including the stone wall in the entry which came from Greece, external paving came from Egypt, screening to the boundary in the pool area came from Queensland, garage door battens and front façade battens came from Sydney, tiles were imported from Italy, porcelain for the benchtops throughout the house came from Italy and Spain, Alucobond came from Germany, and Kaynemaile came from New Zealand. “We are very happy at how well everything ties in as there were so many different materials involved,” Mr Letizia said. VIVA DEVELOPMENTS AT THE FOREFRONT For more than ten years, Viva Developments has been at the forefront of the luxury property industry. As experts in upmarket homes and multiple unit development sites, they provide their clients with everything from an initial concept design through to a completed home, ready to be lived in. Directors Daniel Scafetta and Mel Letizia have a combined 48 years of industry knowledge and pride themselves on their extensive experience in the building industry, with Mr Letizia’ background being in drafting and Mr Scafetta’s being scheduling and estimating.

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ELLENBROOK CENTRAL

$63m expansion FOR ELLENBROOK CENTRE As Perth’s suburbs continue to expand and newer areas become more populous, the requirement for conveniently located retail centres increases proportionately with residents demanding facilities where they can shop, dine and avail themselves of various services, all close to home. The suburb of Ellenbrook is very much a case in point. Located within the City of Swan, the Ellenbrook town centre is approximately 20 kilometres north-east of the Perth Central Business District and 10 kilometres north-west of the Midland Town Centre. The area has a population of some 56k and has a strong family market, an average age of 31.6 years and an average household income of $98k pa. The local population is forecast to grow by 3.5% per annum over the next 10 years.

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ELLENBROOK CENTRAL The shopping centre owner and developer, Vicinity Centres, is one of Australia’s leading retail property groups with a fully integrated asset management platform and $26 billion in retail assets under management across 64 shopping centres, making it the second largest listed manager of Australian retail property. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (VCX:ASX), the Group has a Direct Portfolio with interests in 60 shopping centres and manages 32 assets on behalf of Strategic Partners, 28 of which are co-owned by the Group. DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION BY DORIC Following a competitive tender process, Doric Group were engaged by Vicinity Centres to complete the design and construction of this major redevelopment. This was Doric’s fourth consecutive project for Vicinity Centres, which serves to anchor their position as the pre-eminent deliverer of shopping centre redevelopments in Western Australia. The Ellenbrook centre development consists of the extension of the existing mall to accommodate a new major, three mini majors and a selection of specialty tenancies. The extension has established a fresh mall linking the existing eastern market hall to

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a new southern entry. This recent 11,000 square metre expansion brings the centre’s total of retailers and brands to more than 120. A car park deck has been constructed above the ground floor retail, linked by a vehicular ramp and pedestrian lobby. The original Ellenbrook Central Shopping Centre (Stage 3) occupied a portion of greenfield situated within the property, with an interface into the existing centre to the west with the entire property then covering a total area of 216,891m2. Shops in the original centre were anchored by three majors including Woolworths, Coles and Big W and two mini majors including The Reject Shop and Best & Less. These were supported by 70 specialty stores and seven food and beverage tenancies. KMART A NEW TENANT The latest addition features a new Kmart
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ELLENBROOK CENTRAL External works include car park and road realignments, new cross-overs, screen walls, loading docks and pad sites. Extensions and/or modifications were made to existing hot water services, cold water services, natural gas services, sanitary waste and drainage
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NEW ENTRY The new entry sits along the southern facade of the development and addresses the existing car park and The Parkway. It is designed to act as a directional marker which leads customers into the mall. The large entry canopy demands attention while generating a dwelling space below. The scale of the entry is reduced by low level planting elements which protect pedestrians and define a meandering path to the entry.

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This seamless transition is achieved through continuity of materials and visual permeability. EXISTING ROAD NETWORK UPGRADED City of Swan and Main Roads Western Australia required a series of upgrades/amendments to the existing external road network as part of this development. The most significant of these was the roundabout to the new northern Centre entry off The Promenade. Other works designed to complement existing upgrades already underway include widening of The Broadway to incorporate a separate right turn lane and widening of Pinaster Parade to provide a separate right turn lane. A central circular skylight is the main feature of the new mall. Here the plasterboard ceilings wrap around the skylight in a fluid motion reminiscent of an eddy, inspired by Ellen Brook. The skylight signifies the functional intersection and node below and provides a well-lit, warm respite space. Vicinity has embarked on Australia’s largest ever shopping centre solar rollout across their entire portfolio of properties. As Western Australia’s largest commercial property solar project Ellenbrook Central captures solar energy via solar panels installed to the existing centre roof, south eastern section of the existing car park and atop the car park deck to produce a total of 2.901 MWP (allowing 105% upscaling of bifacial panels). Highlighting Vicinity’s commitment to a sustainable future, the Ellenbrook Central expansion features more than 500 new solar generating car park shades together with new complementary electric vehicle charging stations to build on the centre’s already expansive rooftop solar system.

The canopy itself mimics the rectilinear forms of the town while throwing dappled shade on the floor below, reminiscent of that of the vineyards Internal shopfronts in the new mall are 4.15m high with Kmart at 4.5m clear opening (Kmart fitout to 4.1m clear opening). There are lessor-supplied demising piers to the ends of the inter-tenancy walls to either side of each tenancy for continuity throughout. The mall floor finish extends up to an aluminium angle on the lease line. A steel shopfront restraint beam is provided above the shopfront for lateral restraint of the tenant’s shopfront only. The development includes two new entries, one at ground level along the southern facade and the other at car deck level. Both entries are designed to draw customers in from adjacent car parks while facilitating a seamless transition from outside in.

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New headquarters FOR MINERAL PROCESSING COMPANY With a presence in over 90 countries, Multotec Australia provides mineral processing solutions that include (but are not limited to) cyclones, screening media equipment, samplers and spirals. As a result of continued expansion Multotec required new Western Australian headquarters and local company Built Ink was chosen to design and build the project. It was completed ahead of schedule and handed over in December 2019. The 3000sqm construction houses both office and warehouse facilities and has also been future proofed as a fabrication facility for additional services. TILT-UPS MANUFACTURED ON SITE

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MULTOTEC HEADQUARTERS Steel roofing was used due to its versatility and durability and the fact that solar panels could be fixed to the roof at a later date if required. Attractive vertical sunshade aluminum fins, in Multotec’s corporate colours, provide a striking external feature which is both aesthetic and functional, in that the fins provide sun shade to the western façade. The grounds have been landscaped with native plants and pathways have been created from visually appealing washed aggregate. Native landscaping surrounds the building, with the right plants for the right conditions planted in the gardens. The clean virgin land will be replenished with flora native to WA and the specific soils. All external windows are energy rated with glass that reduces the heat gain into the building.

fundamental relationship with iron ore and steel and it was something Built Ink discussed with them at length. Elegant and functional polished black concrete was chosen for the floors. The product’s reflectivity and ambient feel creates an impressive effect and also provides a refined and aesthetically pleasing contrast to the rugged Core10 panels. The Multotec Headquarters were designed to bring office and warehouse staff together in the break-out areas to enjoy the pleasant interior space. These areas boast premium appliances and custom cabinetry together with large windows to help connect staff to the external environment. The office area works as a big open space with partitioned areas that serve as meeting rooms. The ceilings and carpets used optimise the acoustics of the space.

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One of the biggest challenges in civil works is managing groundwater and the sheer size of this project meant that the traditional soak well drainage system would not be viable or economical.

This project was an intense build on a tight time frame. Multotec had to vacate their previous premises by a particular date and any delay would have resulted in immeasurable negative consequences for the their operations.

The Built Ink design team installed an underground storm cell called the ECOAID Stormwater System, which consists of a plastic crate system buried one metre beneath the ground. This allowed Built Ink to reduce the number of soakwells required in the carpark from 41 to seven. The excess water then drains out into the landscaped gardens, dispersing the water back through the ground above. The site is bordered by two buildings which meant calculating the footing levels with a high degree of accuracy. Due to the adjacent buildings having different footing heights Built Ink were required to adjust the footings accordingly in order to follow the existing heights of the buildings. There is only 20-30 mm clear between the buildings. The tight timeline for the build meant meticulous planning was required. The build took place over the winter months and inclement weather was an important consideration in the project planning. A further complication caused by the tight time constraints meant that the liaison with a key foreign supplier had to begin even before the contract had been awarded. The client requested the purchase and installation of a 30-tonne gantry crane as part of the build and the crane, which had to be sourced and delivered from Germany, had a five month lead time. Given the site is on a new estate, infrastructure such as Western Power and NBN was limited.

Given the tight build schedule Built Ink used only subcontractors and trades with whom they had established relationships. The building has been designed to allow for a change of use in the future as the client’s WA operations evolve. Currently the site is used as a warehouse and office facility but, as part of the design, the building has been future-proofed to allow it to become a manufacturing site when required. As part of the build, Built Ink were required to amalgamate three sites into one, which meant three separate titles and three different electricity and NBN connection points that had to be amalgamated to one point. COMMITMENT BRINGS AWARD-WINNING GROWTH Built Ink’s commitment to building strong foundations and sustainable partnerships has underpinned their success. It is this ethos and their collective commitment to creating effective, efficient and economical commercial and industrial projects that has forged their award-winning growth since the company’s inception. Although a relatively young company, Built Ink has established itself as one of Western Australia’s leading and innovative industrial design and construction companies and is becoming the preferred building team due to their commitment to providing a better built environment for Australia.

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HABITAT APARTMENTS

Boutique APPLECROSS APARTMENTS Perfectly positioned atop an elevated block on leafy Kintail Road in Applecross, Habitat is a bespoke collection of 14 boutique residences. As well as stunning views, the location also boasts proximity to the Swan River, cafes, several specialty food and retail stores and the Raffles Hotel all within walking distance. Habitat is a four-storey building with an underground basement and roof deck with both city and river views. The complex comprises 14 apartments ranging from 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom to 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom penthouses. The style and finishes of the complex complement the surrounding suburb’s ambience and tree-lined streets and it is something of an innovative design for Applecross. And while Habitat blends into its surrounds, it also has its own unique traits. Developers for the project, Baltinas, also provided the interior design through their interior design arm.

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Engaged under a design and construct contract as the builder, Mercedes Construction was involved with Habitat from the initial concept phase of the project, which involved design coordination between architects, interior architects and consultants.


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HABITAT APARTMENTS AESTHETICALLY PLEASING BUILDING

DOUBLE BRICK CONSTRUCTION

Mercedes Construction played an integral part in the amalgamation of the skills brought to the design team by Rietveld Architects, X-Space Architects and Baltinas Architecture and all services consultants. This allowed the design to develop into a building that was aesthetically pleasing and, with all elements of building and construction carefully considered, to optimise the experience for the purchasers of each apartment.

Some of Habitat’s more notable features are the double brick construction throughout, which is becoming rarer in apartment construction methodology, the 40mm granite stone benchtops, solid timber flooring, imported tiles from Italy, 6m high ceilings in the penthouses, large balconies and outdoor areas, large bedrooms with walk-in robes, architecturally designed en suites and bathrooms and discretely located services and amenities.

Thus, with a thorough understanding of the project, Mercedes was able to balance design requirements, architectural integrity and outstanding features with design efficiency and cost controls to satisfy the client’s requirements.

Materials used in the construction of the building include brick and concrete for the structure, together with float and set plaster, tiles, cabinetry, timber flooring, granite benchtops, and Hans Grohe tapware.

The Baltinas’ brief was to ensure that luxuries similar to single dwelling living were included, to be achieved through underground car parks and storage, large external entertainment areas, sophisticated and inviting living areas and a spacious, warm and homely feel to every apartment.

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With the project being located on a very busy road, extensive programming and site logistical planning was vital to ensure that traffic safety, both road and pedestrian, was always maintained together with the preservation of project program targets. A great deal of planning and careful consideration went into the coordination and organisation of concrete pours, daily deliveries of construction materials and managing traffic. With the additional requirements of tight site access and the position of the site being along Kintail Road, consistent and thorough planning was vital. CAREFUL PLANNING NEEDED To meet these challenges, Mercedes Construction carefully planned all activities on site, collaborating extensively with the neighbours and maintaining close contact by constantly informing and working with them to minimise exposure to the problems that result from having a large building site next door.

The style and finishes of the complex complement the surrounding suburb’s ambience... An essential element in their success is working within a team environment both internally and externally. This means working with their clients, architects and consultants and with their staff and trades. They believe that working collectively ensures the best outcome for all projects. Mercedes’ directors and staff have been involved in many awardwinning projects at State and National levels. Current and forthcoming projects include The Beach House, Cottesloe, Sanctuary Apartments, Mount Pleasant, and Challis Apartments, Mount Lawley. MIGHTY FINE FENCING Supply and manufacture colorbond, steel and aluminium fencing products for builders, developers and fencing contractors

Mercedes Construction has been moving from strength to strength in the commercial construction market since being established in 2013. With the experience and support of the Zorzi Group, Mercedes Construction is known and recognised in the market for quality, value and precision. Mercedes’ goal and future direction is to remain a personal, commercial builder. The company aims to align itself with clients who have a need for a reliable, capable and financially secure entity and believe that by remaining boutique and client focused they can deliver commercial construction projects on time and within budget.

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RECHABITE HALL

HOSPITALITY COMPLEX RISES FROM

heritage hall Located in the heart of Northbridge and home to a society that promoted total abstinence from alcohol, the original Rechabite Hall was erected in 1925 for the Independent Order of Rechabites. Over the years the hall has hosted church groups, conferences, community group meetings, art exhibitions and, in the 1940s, a dance hall. The building survived a fire in the 1980s but since the early 2000s it had mostly been unused and had fallen into a state of disrepair. The building is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and on the City of Perth’s heritage list. In mid 2019, McCorkell Constructions (WA) were engaged by the current building owners, Happy Heart, to complete the redevelopment of the Rechabite Hall into a new multi-purpose performance, entertainment and hospitality venue, while at the same time maintaining the authenticity and heritage of one of Perth’s grand heritage treasures. BUILDING TRANSFORMED

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McCorkell Constructions were pleased to have been able to work with Space Agency Architects and Happy Heart to bring the concept to its superlative fruition.

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The transformation spans four levels, from the Goodwill Club in the basement to the new Hello rooftop bar which features scenic views across the city skyline. The original Independent Order of Rechabites Hall, with its magnificent barrel vault ceiling, has been transformed into a unique live performance space wrapped with suspension bridge tiers over three levels. The Double Rainbow, which is a fast and furious bar and eatery with a modern Asian feel, is on the ground floor off William Street. Original features such as the staircase, tiling, ticketing booth, windows and huge double doors are accentuated with various finishes including prison mesh, which has been used throughout the venue and exposed utility workings. Illuminated artworks offset walls and panels of pressed tin, telling of the building’s history. Smoke and fire damage remain uncovered and maintained.

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the building, thus preventing any structural demolition works occurring on the floors above. A significant amount of propping had to be installed throughout the building with loads transferred all the way through to the basement footings. This provided considerable spatial issues of its own on each floor as it took up large amounts of floor space. Accommodating a full structural upgrade within the building while having very limited space to the exterior of the building presented one of McCorkell’s bigger challenges. The health and safety of all site personnel, pedestrians and local business owners were also at the forefront of their decision-making ACCESS PROBLEMS Prior to the works commencing, McCorkell worked closely with the City of Perth to develop a project methodology that would allow construction activity to occur with minimal impact to the local public amenity. McCorkell negotiated an outcome with the adjacent State Library which allowed craneage operations to occur from the rear of the building site. The State Library assisted McCorkell with their operations by permitting McCorkell to carry out all lifting operations from the rear of the property. Due to the nature of the structural upgrades; large steel members and timber beams had to be stored laid down within the building, thereby limiting workspace and the ability to have trades in certain areas.All structural works commenced from the basement and sequentially as they progressed up into

OVER 90 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE Originally founded by Samuel McCorkell in 1928, McCorkell Constructions has been in continuous operation for over 90 years. The business flourished in the nation building post-war years and was eventually taken over by Samuel’s son, Rex, in 1968. The late Rex McCorkell was involved with McCorkell Constructions for over 50 years and was well respected in the industry. Rex’s nephew, Howard McCorkell, began working full-time with him from 1997 leading into Rex’s retirement in 2000. The following year Damien Newton-Brown joined Howard in partnership and together they continued to grow the business to its current level. McCorkell expanded into Western Australia in 2011 where partner and Managing Director, Mark Nyaanga, now leads a fully staffed office, enjoying rapid growth in the government, institutional and heritage sectors. The company is currently working on and planning a number of new projects including Alexander Buildings Mount Lawley, Warders Hotel Fremantle, Servite College Tuart Hill, Langford Islamic College Langford, Kensington Fire Station, Salvado Catholic College Byford and Belridge Secondary School performing arts theatre.

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SCOTCH COLLEGE

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Founded in 1897, Scotch College has a long history of academic excellence and achievement. Located in Swanbourne, the college currently caters for some 1,500 boys from pre-kindergarten to Year 12. In order to cater for continual expansion a new three-storey Maths and Commerce Teaching and Learning Block has recently been completed by Focus Building Company. Core-filled concrete blockwork was used to construct the southern and eastern level retaining walls to the lower ground floor, with all walls and columns being in situ cast reinforced concrete. The Peri Form System was used as it is a modulated prefabricated system that allows for the rapid and effective construction of the concrete walls and columns. SUSPENDED CONCRETE SLABS

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The suspended concrete slabs were completed in six pours, with four of the six main pours being post-tensioned slabs. A specialised post-tension contractor was engaged early on to

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allow for coordination between service trades and consultants due to the high level of difficulty in casting large post tensioned slabs on a site with limited working space. The roof structure comprised a structural steel frame with Colorbond Kliplock roof sheeting. Two plant decks were located on the roof for the mechanical equipment which were constructed from in situ reinforced concrete (suspended slab). A structural steel frame was installed onto the eastern and northern elevations of the building to support the feature façade works. A large variety of materials were used in the external finishes on the building, both on the façades and in the hardscaping works. These include: • Equitone Cladding of multiple colours and some rebated patterns
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• Reynaers Aluminium Window Façade System (imported from Belgium) 
 • RP Tek Window Façade System (imported from Germany) 
 • Coloured glazing 
 • Imageink Printed Glazing printed with the College’s Tartans and House Crests 
 • Cast concrete furniture and planters • Exposed aggregate concrete bands 
 • Coloured concrete bands with patterns sandblasted into exposed sections of the 
aggregate 
 • Red face brickwork, with some sections featuring a herringbone pattern 
 • Limestone cladding 
 • Feature vertical aluminium fins 
 • Bluestone paving (imported from China) 
 • Accoya Pine Feature Screens 
 • Avista Spray on Paving Treatment to the external balcony 
 USER FRIENDLY SYSTEMS The internal services throughout the Scotch College Maths and Commerce Project have been designed to be user friendly and all the systems are automated, with the mechanical systems being fully integrated into the louvre, security, audio visual and lighting system operation. Internal finishes used throughout the building included: • Large format terrazzo floor tiles (imported from Italy) 
 • NSW blackbutt veneer feature ceiling panels 
 • Stacking operable walls 
 • Skyfold operable walls 
 • Perforated matrix ceiling panels 
 • Pre-finished perforated ceiling tiles 
 • Face brickwork 
 • NSW blackbutt feature joinery 
 • Glazed lift shaft 
 Extensive bulk excavation works were undertaken to establish the building pad, with the deepest section of excavation being five metres below the existing oval level. More than 7,500m3 of soil was exported from the site. Extensive traffic management was needed during the bulk excavation and trucks had to be staggered to they were not driving on or off the site during school drop off and pick up times. On commencement of this project Scotch College already had a refurbishment project underway on the Chapel Building that was adjacent to the Maths and Commerce Building. Focus Building Company worked with the college to schedule these works to commence later and minimize the overall impact on the construction schedule of both projects.

LARGE TREE REMOVED Part of the scope of works required a large existing sugar gum tree to be removed. The tree was over one hundred years old with a trunk diameter of approximately 1.4m and, when removed, some parts of it were salvaged for sustainable use. The project was also designed around retaining a large sugar gum tree as a feature on the eastern elevation. The tree was protected at the base by site fencing to minimize any damage to its root system, and site works were undertaken to ensure as little modification to the tree structure as possible. A post-tensioned slab system was specified to achieve the structural spans required for the project. The external façade consisted of a number of different materials consisting of: • Raeynars Aluminium Glazing system (imported from Belgium) • RP-Tek Glazing System (imported from Germany).
 • Equitone Cladding • Vertical and horizontal aluminium sunshades on the northern and eastern façades
 • Ultrapearl prefinished CFC cladding was used in a ribbon/ projection form around the perimeter of the building • Limestone cladding on the northern, eastern and western elevations • Herringbone pattern feature brickwork panels were used on the lower ground level, and eastern and western elevations. WINDOW FRAME CENTRAL FEATURE A central feature of the building is the glazed blackbutt window frame which spans from the ground floor east rising up to the first floor west by curving up and around the atrium and first floor stairs. Established in 2013, Focus Building Company is a construction business built on decades of experience in the Western Australian construction industry. Since its inception the company has delivered in excess of $150 million of diverse construction projects including mixed use residential, retail, schools and institutional projects across Perth and, more recently, in regional Western Australia. Focus’ experience provides expertise in every stage of project planning, design and delivery. They thrive on new challenges and are at their best when a project is technically or logistically demanding and requires smart planning and design input. Partnering and relationship building is at the centre of Focus Building Coimpany’s approach to running the business. They are collaborative, not adversarial, and believe the best solution will always be collaboration with their clients, consultants and subcontractors.

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HOLLYWOOD HOSPITAL

HOSPITAL CONSULTING CENTRE A CHALLENGE FOR GEORGIOU Most projects in the building industry bring with them a variety of challenges - be they minor or substantial which require those involved to rise to the occasion with innovative, inventive and wholly appropriate solutions.

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A case in point, Georgiou Group’s recent design and construct of the Hollywood Hospital Private Hospital Consulting Centre and mental health expansion for Ramsay Health Care provided substantial challenges that were both complex and logistically demanding.

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The project comprised a Consulting Centre consisting of an 18,000m2 five-level facility, 5,600m2 of cold shell tenancies and 1,200m2 of state-of-the-art gastroenterology unit fit-out, all on the site of existing structures that required demolition, together with extensive modifications and expansion of the existing campus. In addition to the new consulting centre, construction was undertaken of a 3,500m2 31-bed day ward, a new day unit, five group therapy rooms, a day procedure unit with a neuro-stimulations suite and a 300m2 courtyard next to the inpatient ward. Both facilities feature a prefinished metal cladding system, Fielders Boulevard with back pan system, powder-coated aluminium windows with performance glazing, a glazed shop front to the Day Hospital entrance and a solid aluminium-clad entrance canopy. The Mental Health Unit is a face-brick veneer with internal plasterboard walls in keeping with the residential feel of the existing facilities. Both buildings are Class 9A buildings and construction. METICULOUS PLANNING REQUIRED The lead up to the new builds were extremely complex and logistically challenging as Georgiou needed to commission, decommission and re-route services around the construction site, all within the presence of ACM contaminated soils. Meticulous pre-planning was required for the demolition of seven buildings and shutdowns of retaining facilities prior to demolition.

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Each building became available at different times to ensure that a sequence of demolition and build was adhered to. This resulted in the final new build being commenced once the previous stages were complete. The following work was completed as part of an early work package: • the existing Mental Health Day Hospital - located in the Frederick Bell Ward - was temporarily relocated to a vacant Fertility Centre building until the new Mental Health Unit was completed. This required Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit (LARU) inspection and approval prior to occupation; • an upgrade to the existing plant room services and dangerous goods store for the new buildings was required. This involved a new precast second-storey building addition which would house upgraded boilers, generators and a large LV switchboard. To accomplish this, a HV switch room and the hospital’s boiler system were relocated and subsequently demolished; • existing electrical LV and HV infrastructure were relocated to allow for demolition of existing transformer building; • existing services in the east/west link corridor were diverted (communications, fire, security, CCTV, medical gas, HV ring main, LV, gas, water ring main, sewer and stormwater); and, a Brislee Generator was installed to replace to provide another backup feed to the hospital. This brought its own challenges as the generator was situated among a live area of the hospital which needed to remain operational as the enabling works were completed. CONTAMINATED SOILS ON SITE Adding to the complexities of the service diversions, heavily contaminated soil was found throughout each tunnel in which Georgiou needed to work and divert services from. Having completed the enabling works, the next series of challenges stemmed from the tight program. Within 11 months of pouring footings, Georgiou produced a fully fitted out endoscopy suite, cold-shell tenancy suites and multi-level car park with link corridors connecting back to the existing hospital. All work had to conform to the LARU building regulations to which all private hospitals have to conform. Meticulous pre-planning by Georgiou, in consultation with Ramsay Health Care ensured all works were carried out without any disruption to the day-to-day running of the hospital. This involved, in some cases, completing shutdowns for chillers at times of low demand such as night shifts and weekend works, and power shutdowns when no theatre operations were planned. EMPHASIS ON COORDINATION AND LIAISON Being located in the middle of an operational hospital, the project

required a very high level of client interface in order to ensure it ran smoothly and without any interruptions. Heavy emphasis was placed on the coordination and liaison with key project stakeholders including the client, consultants and subcontractors. This also extended to communicating and building relationships with NSP, Ramsay Health Care and the consultant team to ensure transparent communication around critical deliverables. With a tight timeframe to deliver the project, Georgiou continuously revised the construction program to find efficiencies and improve productivity. Trades were scheduled simultaneously and worked closely in smaller work areas to guarantee the project’s on-time completion. To deliver in the timeframes desired by the client, the team installed temporary water proofing, bunds and canopies during the structural phase, together with engineering of the back-propping design to expedite removal of props in order to accelerate the construction on the class 9A gastroenterology fitout. Examples of innovations and problem solving included engaging service consultants and them novating them under design and construct subcontracts. This ensured they worked collaboratively and resolved design and coordination issues to allow for more efficiency on site. A LEADING BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Established in 1977, Georgiou Group is one of Australia’s leading building and civil construction companies, delivering a wide range of engineering services professionally and capably. Located in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, Georgiou’s vision is to be ‘the best people to work with’. The company believes in working alongside their clients and partners to achieve the best possible results. From the conceptualisation and design phase to the construction and handover phase, they believe in excellent communication to complement their highquality work. In early 2020, Georgiou was awarded a $53 million contract by Ramsay Health Care to deliver Hollywood Private Hospital’s South Block (Emergency Department) and Administration Upgrade, designed by architect Silver Thomas Hanley. Scope of work includes the design and construction of a new emergency department and three 30-bed wards at their Nedlands campus, including tenancies, expansion of the current radiology unit, and associated carpark. The project will be handed over in stages, with the first set for completion in 2021. • Electrical

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KARINGAL GREEN AGED CARE

STATE-OF-THE-ART AGED CARE CENTRE

outcomes for local residents and the wider community in a safe, peaceful, connected location.

Designed by Hassell Studio and built by Broad Construction, Karingal Green is a new state-of-theart aged care community by award-winning aged care provider Hall & Prior. Located in High Wycombe, Karingal Green provides a much needed, superior option of aged care in Western Australia. The community includes 160 beds catering to all levels of care needs and provides specialist services (including secure dementia care) as well as home and community care services.

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It is a centre for healing with access to world-class facilities including a wellness centre, allied health services, heated therapy pool, gymnasium, café, cinema, primary health clinic and private dining. This unique, integrated space increases access to leading, quality and relevant aged care, and delivers better health

With a total site area of 1.81 hectares, buildings and landscaped areas cover 1.5 hectares and surplus land of 3,100sqm has been set aside for future retirement living. More than a traditional nursing home, the Karingal Green Health and Aged Care Community is a health precinct which includes: • 160-residential beds (76 ageing in place beds and 84 beds for high acuity residents), which includes specialty residences and care programs for people with secure dementia, young disabled (eight beds) and Parkinson’s • An onsite commercial kitchen and laundry (which has capacity to service a number of other Hall & Prior care homes) • A multifunction space for 300 people • A Village Green and Activity Centre (to be constructed in 2021) • A luxurious in-house cinema • A fully equipped beauty salon • A quiet room (for church/spiritual needs) • A family room (for use at no cost to family members of residents who are in palliative care) • A wellness centre, which includes primary and allied health consulting/therapy rooms, hydrotherapy pool and gymnasium • An education and learning hub with a 150-seat auditorium • Parking for 101 cars in basement bays • Community outreach services (up to 200 home care clients living in the community), currently being developed BUILDING ORIENTATION IMPORTANT A key feature of the design’s planning and orientation was to ensure maximum access to views of the adjacent open space as well as views to the Darling Ranges in the distance. Passive solar


design principles were applied to orient as many bedrooms and social spaces to the north or south, thus ensuring the best sunfilled opportunities throughout the day. The site is not uniform as it is bounded on one side by a park and on another side by group housing. A lengthy master planning process was undertaken to establish design opportunities which included how best to be a good neighbour. LOCAL ROAD IMPACT MINIMISED

The building itself has been designed to sit within the landscape setting and not to dominate its residential surrounds. Orientation towards Gladys Newton Park encourages a positive community interface as well as circulation and activation. Residents and the community are encouraged to interact thanks to this orientation, and there are plans to further upgrade the Park and work with the City of Kalamunda to develop a new playground, creating a new opportunity for interaction between young and old. COLLABORATIVE JOURNEY

The design takes advantage of the multiple street frontages to disperse access points such as parking and essential service vehicles thereby minimising impact on the existing road system, while at the same time creating opportunities for personalised entries for residents and their families and friends.

The spare land has been master-planned for future construction of ILU’s connecting with the Care Facility via the village green with access to the wellness centre and social hub.

Elevational treatments that respond to subtle variations in residential accommodation standards and function provide variation to each street frontage, thereby avoiding repetition often seen in large residential developments of this kind. A secure garden setting with private courtyards and a public village green are at the heart of Karingal Green’s landscaping design with access provided to external spaces from common areas, sensory gardens and plantings for residents. This approach provides a visual outlook, textural foliage, seasonal changes to be observed, and natural scents to enjoy as well as local fauna (such as birds and butterflies) being attracted to the flora in the gardens. WINGS CONNECTED BY CENTRAL SPINE The large footprint of the project was broken into smaller elements by having a north and south wing connected by a central spine for common and social spaces. The wings were then articulated in the planning and façade design to reduce the scale and form to a more domestic size. Each wing and spine was given its own identity to assist in the legibility of the building. The overall height of the building, roof shape finishes and materiality were all designed to complement the surrounding homes as much as possible. Karingal Green is situated in a residential community of single storey, face-brick and tile dwellings. The site is adjacent to a specialist disability group housing for Activ Foundation, and a short walk to the local shopping centre. The intention was to create a community within a community which embraced the location and delivered a vision to engage with the external community. The café, gardens, allied health activities and the development of the adjacent public open space are part of a series of approaches to creating the community.

The completed project at Karingal Green is testament to a highly collaborative journey between client, designers, builders and financiers to deliver a contemporary residential aged care setting of the highest standards. Hall & Prior has provided award winning aged care services in the Western Australian and New South Wales communities for 30 years. The private, family-owned business today operates 27 aged care centres caring for more than 1,500 people and employing 2,100 professional and specialist staff Current and future projects include Georges Estate in Penshurst NSW, a 111 bed residential aged care facility (similar model to Karingal Green); Kelmscott Health and Aged Care Community in Kelmscott; and Woodside Kelmscott Health and Aged Care Community in East Fremantle.

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Contentious project comes to a fruitful conclusion Recently completed apartments in Foyle Road, Bayswater, blend the best of both worlds: the vitality of an urban lifestyle and the serenity of a quiet residential neighbourhood. Located in the heart of Bayswater just west of the Swan River and overlooking pleasant green parklands, the project is surrounded by modern homes and a vibrant town centre.

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With the new Bayswater train station currently under construction residents can enjoy easy access everywhere via public transport routes and freeway links. Bars, coffee shops, boutiques and many of Perth’s favourite inner-city villages are located nearby, including the Crown Entertainment complex and Bayswater’s coffee strip.

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JCM Construction were the developers of the land and were involved in the initial feasibility, design and development of the site. The project was delivered for the Department of Communities under the Affordable Housing Scheme and it is the first Metronet project in Bayswater. The project was clearly one of value and validity, but prior to its commencement the planning framework had not evolved sufficiently which caused some two and a half years of resistance from the local council in getting the project approved. Due to its contentious nature the project also received substantial media exposure.

Located in the heart of Bayswater just west of the Swan River and overlooking pleasant green parklands, the project is surrounded by modern homes and a vibrant town centre. SUBSTANTIAL EFFORT BY JCM However JCM invested substantial effort into working with the local council which eventually resulted in the project’s approval via the JDAP. Designed by LOUD Studio architects, the apartments boast understated, modern interiors and sun drenched open plan living

spaces. With park views from many of the living spaces, residents can enjoy all that apartment living has to offer with the luxury of a manicured park in their backyard. Comprising of 17 apartments over five levels, the complex features a mix of 2 x 2, 2 x 1 and 1 x 1 units. Seven of the units are Silver Level Accessible Standard (disability standard). Other features include impressive and well-planned living and dining areas, large bedrooms, designer kitchens with ample bench space and modern appliances, split system air conditioning to main living areas and bedrooms, quality tiling and carpets throughout, functional floorplan, LED downlights internally, and full paint finish internally and externally. The brief for the project called for the balancing of the height of the building with the sloping, triangular nature of the site, while at the same time ensuring neighbour privacy was respected. WATER TABLE ISSUES Due to water table issues and the need to ensure the building was kept out of the water table, the cost of construction needed to be carefully monitored. From a construction point of view, JCM had to look at delivering the project in a method that allowed for an expedited construction program.

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The project was clearly one of value and validity, but prior to its commencement the planning framework had not evolved sufficiently which caused some two and a half years of resistance from the local council in getting the project approved.

In achieving this objective JCM utilised new construction techniques, including lightweight systems with load-bearing elements, which meant they did not have to wait for bricklayers in order to deliver the project. The main materials used in constructing the apartment complex were precast concrete, in situ concrete, fibre cement and structural steel. UNIQUE DESIGNS WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL JCM is a vertically integrated development company providing the Western Australian market with sustainable developments. Their mission is to provide West Australians with diverse developments that feature unique designs and offer finishes with the utmost attention to detail. Through strategic planning and drawing on the expertise of their team, JCM provides aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable designs, while ensuring they work within their client’s budget requirements. JCM was founded in 2010 by Mark D’Alessandro, a registered builder who holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management and Economics) degrees. With over 10 years experience in the property and construction industries his experience includes feasibility studies, site selection and due diligence, project management, value engineering, estimating and building construction. JCM is currently working on a 22-apartment/mixed use development in Perth City and a 14 apartment project in Como.

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