Projects

CIT Tuggeranong

CIT Tuggeranong

 Client   Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) 
 Sector   Education - Tertiary 
 Size  448m2 (ground floor) 1,216m2 (level 1)
 Value  $3 million
 Timeframe    January 2016 - June 2016
 Role  Project Manager

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) intended to modernise its Tuggeranong services by creating a new Southside Campus at 205 Anketell Street, Greenway.

Since 2013, Xact had been Project Managing the refurbishment and upgrade of 205 Anketell Street for the building owners 151 Property. By mutual agreement between 151 Property and CIT, Xact was also separately engaged by CIT and Procurement and Capital Works (PCW) as Principal’s Authorised Person to project manage their fitout works concurrently with the base building works.

CIT’s new Southside campus is spread over two floors, with 448m2 of space on the ground floor and the whole of level 1 (1,216m2). The design concept was to be the new benchmark for the CIT, delivering flexible and interchangeable learning spaces along with specialist classrooms for the delivery of vocational education and training for students in the Tuggeranong area.

 

 

DHS Desk Maximisation, Caroline Chisholm Building

DHS Desk Maximisation, Caroline Chisholm Building

 Client   Department of Human Services (DHS) 
 Sector  Office
 Size  Throughout office areas of Caroline Chisholm Building
 Value  $1 million
 Timeframe     2015
 Role  Project Manager

The Department of Human Services (DHS) located at the Caroline Chisholm Centre in Tuggeranong, ACT needed to modify its office space in order to accommodate an expanding workforce.

The Department is spread over three floors, and needed to maximise the quantity of workstations and staff that could be accommodated in this space, whilst still fulfilling lease conditions.

A more open-plan office layout was required, with works including the addition of new workstations, removal of redundant offices and meeting rooms and creation of new breakout spaces and tea rooms.

The work was undertaken in an occupied space necessitating a staged fitout with a very strong focus on safety considerations and minimising disruption to DHS operations.

205 Anketell Street, Greenway

205 Anketell Street, Greenway

 Client   151 Property (formerly Valad Property Group) 
 Sector  Office
 Size  5,833.8m2 NLA, across five levels
 Value  $3 million
 Timeframe      2013 - 2016
 Role  Project Management

In 2013, 151 Property, based in Melbourne, acquired a portfolio of properties in Australia which included 205 Anketell Street, Greenway. 205 Anketell Street was built in 1989 and was largely unoccupied and required refurbishment and upgrade to attract new tenants.

The first stage of the project included feasibility study, design and cost planning options, exploration of adaptive reuse options, base building design and a Development Approval.

The final scope of work included building services improvements, refurbishment and upgrade of lifts, refurbishment of toilets and foyer areas, external facade clean/ repaint and external landscape improvements. All new works were designed to ensure that the building met current National Construction Code (NCC) and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements, and the expectations of the current leasing market.

Executive Office Fitout, Louisa Lawson Building

Executive Office Fitout, Louisa Lawson Building

 Client  Department of Human Services (DHS) 
 Sector  Office
 Size  200m2
 Value  $100,000
 Timeframe       2015
 Role  Project Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

2 Constitution Avenue Fitout and Base Building Upgrades

2 Constitution Avenue Fitout and Base Building Upgrades

 
Client   ISPT Pty Ltd / ACT Corrective Services  
 Sector  Office
 Size  2,700m2, across three levels
 Value  $4.5 million
 Timeframe      June 2016 - January 2017
 Role  Project Manager

As a result of an expiring lease, ACT Corrective Services were required to relocate to a new location within Canberra. As a result, a fitout for approximately 2,700m2 of office space was required. This space was found on the ground level, level 1 and level 2 of the western tower of 2 Constitution Avenue.

The project also included the integration of base building refurbishment involving an accessible lift, new stairs and general building services upgrades to suit the tenant fitout. 

 

DHS NDIA Co-location ACT

DHS NDIA Co-location ACT

Client         Department of Human Services (DHS)
Sector  Office
Size  920m2 approx.
Value  $1.9 million approx.
Timeframe   September 2015 - May 2016
Role  Advisory Services / Project Manager / Superintendent / Contract Administrator

From 2015, offices of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and Centrelink were to be co-located. As part of this nation-wide program, the Department of Human Services (DHS) commissioned the refurbishment of the existing Centrelink office at Tuggeranong Square.

DHS sought to consolidate two leased spaces, which involved demolishing a structural wall to create one large single tenancy of approximately 920m2.

Part of the works included undertaking base building services upgrades and improving current security services in the Centrelink service centre. In addition, an aesthetic refresh of the areas was undertaken, in line with the current DHS fitout guide and specifications.

After the refurbishment, the front of house of the Service Centre now accommodates 22 consultant desks, two supervisor desks, eight self-service desks, five interview rooms and a public toilet. The back of house contains 20 workstations, a meeting room, kitchen / breakout room, locker bay and amenity facilities for staff.

As DHS emphasised the importance of minimising disruptions to staff and the public, the project team ensured the service centre remained operational throughout the works.

 

CSU Multipurpose Pavilion, Canberra

CSU Multipurpose Pavilion, Canberra

 

Client   Charles Sturt University (CSU)
Sector   Education Tertiary
Size   Approx. 206m2
Value   $1.25m
Timeframe   2015 - 2016
Role   Project Manager/ Advisory Services

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) is an ecumenical foundation which was established under the auspices of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). The ACC&C is located on a five hectare site on the edge of the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra, on the CSU Canberra Campus at Blackall Street, Barton. Xact participated in the development of the original masterplan for the ACC&C, including the design management and delivery of George Browning House, completed in 2009.

The latest stage of development after George Browning House is the CSU Multipurpose Pavilion, which is to be a new multi-purpose meeting and teaching centre available for use by CSU and ACC&C personnel, as well as by community groups as required.

The new Pavilion will incorporate a multi-purpose meeting room, supported by a kitchenette and staff amenities and will be joined by an entry lobby to the gardens beyond. The Pavilion will be situated so as to take advantage of the natural beauty of the location, and the view of the Great Cross, which is being refurbished as part of the construction works. The early stages of the works involve demolition of the redundant administration buildings on the site of the new pavilion.

Asbestos Response Taskforce

Asbestos Response Taskforce

Client   Asbestos Response Taskforce, ACT Government
Sector Residential
Size Removal of asbestos from 1,022 properties
Value $400 million
Timeframe   2015 - 2018
Role Program Management Services

The Asbestos Response Taskforce (ART) was established by the ACT Government in June 2014 to provide assistance and a coordinated response to Canberrans whose properties were identified as containing loose fill asbestos. The largest installer of this product was a company known as 'Mr Fluffy' which was responsible for the installation of loose fill asbestos in over 1000 properties from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s.

The Taskforce is responsible for coordinating the purchasing of affected properties, removing the asbestos (by complete demolition) and selling the remediated sites through a coordinated property sales program. This also entails an extensive and effective communication with all stakeholders and the general public.

Xact's role, which commenced in October 2015, is to establish and implement an Integrated Program Management Office (IPMO) within the Taskforce with responsibility for coordinating the involvement of the various stakeholders across the entire program.

 

[Images from Asbestos Response Taskforce.]

Centrelink Call Centre Fitout, Queanbeyan

Centrelink Call Centre Fitout, Queanbeyan

Client   Department of Human Services (DHS) 
Sector  Office 
Size  1400m2 NLA
Value  $1.8 million
Timeframe   April to September 2015 
Role   Project Manager 

The Department of Human Services (DHS) fitout project of Morisset House, Queanbeyan involved a complete office fitout of 1400m2. The works were undertaken on a single level within an existing occupied multi-level complex. The fitout provided call centre workstations for approximately 140 employees and included meeting rooms and a large breakout area. Smaller tea points/ kitchen areas were also created. Existing bathroom facilities were upgraded and a new accessible toilet added to comply with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) regulations. In addition, the integrated fitout required specific acoustic treatment, appropriate for operation as a call centre.

Canberra College Cares

Canberra College Cares

 Client  ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP) on behalf of Education and Training Directorate (ETD)    
 Sector  Education
 Size  2,622m² NLA
 Value  $12 million
 Timeframe      January 2014 - December 2014
 Role  Principal's Authorised Person (GC 21)

Canberra College Cares (CC Cares) is a program that endeavours to provide a best practice model for pregnant and parenting students to access education in the ACT. The program was established in 2005 with a $100,000 grant and 10 students (plus children). Enrolments in 2015 were expected to be 170 students (plus children). CC Cares offers Year 12 certification, goal oriented learning packages, online learning, vocational education, employment skills training and other support programs within a mainstream ACT Government School.

This project involved the construction of a purpose built facility on vacant land at the existing Canberra College Phillip campus. Canberra College Cares is a world first for this type of facility.

 

 

The Pines Residential Aged Care Facility

The Pines Residential Aged Care Facility

 

 Client  The Pines Living Pty Ltd
 Sector  Health and Aged Care
 Size  120 units
 Value  $26 million approx.
 Timeframe     2015 - 2016
 Role

 Project Manager and Superintendent    

The Pines Residential Aged Care Facility was designed to sit adjacent, but separate, to The Pines Independent Living complex. Within its multi-storey, compact design, the Facility houses 132 beds, common areas, restaurant and a swimming pool. The development is noteworthy for its high quality finishes and a strong focus on technology, such as nurse call systems, social robots and security.

Australian Sports Commission Capital Works Projects

Australian Sports Commission Capital Works Projects

Client  Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
Sector  Public Facility
Value  $10 Million
Timeframe  2015
Role  Project Manager

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is a statutory authority (Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act) within the Department of Health and is the primary national sports and advisory agency. Part of the ASC's responsibility is the management of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) facilities.

The ASC identified a need for additional resources to undertake Project Management services within their Capital Works team. These services included delivery of a program of minor works prior to the end of the 2014/2015 financial year and the development of a Masterplan for the refurbishment and upgrade of the AIS arena.

Fyshwick Childcare Centre

Fyshwick Childcare Centre

 Client  ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP) on behalf of ACT Education and Training Direcorate (ETD)   
 Sector  Education
 Size  140m² approx. plus landscape
 Value  $1.3 million
 Timeframe    2013 - 2014
 Role  Superintendent

Fyshwick Childcare Centre was an ageing building that no longer met standards required for childcare centres. The project included demolition of part of the existing building, new extension works, refurbishment of the existing building and works to the playground and landscape. Design of the project was originally undertaken by a different Directorate, then passed to the ACT Education and Training Directorate (ETD) for delivery.

The original construction delivery intent was to undertake the works while the Centre was unoccupied and the architectural and services documentation were designed accordingly. As the project progressed to construction, it was determined that the Centre needed to continue operating throughout the project. Safety and communication with Centre staff was consequently of paramount concern.

After a process of replanning the staging and programming of works, including temporary on-site facilities and safety measures, the necessary adjustments to architectural and services design were quickly resolved. The project was completed to the client's satisfaction including use of a Staged Certificate of Occupancy to enable early occupation.

 

Edmund Barton Building, AFP National Headquarters

Edmund Barton Building, AFP National Headquarters

 Client  Australian Federal Police (AFP)      
 Sector  Office
 Size  45,000m²
 Value  $130 million
 Timeframe      2008 - 2011
 Role  Project Manager

The National Headquarters of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is located at the Edmund Barton Building (EBB). The AFP aimed to provide employees with a modern, efficient work environment, which would meet their needs for the next 15 years.

EBB comprises a ground level, plus five above ground levels of office accommodation, and one basement level with mixed office accommodation and other use areas. The average floor plate size is 7,741m² with interconnecting stairs and lifts between levels at six main points. The building perimeter was hardened to meet ASIO T4 requirements for Secure Areas, with several areas of the building fitout and infrastructure constructed to meet requirements for Top Secret. In addition to the office accommodation, the fitout included a number of special AFP operational areas, IT and back-up systems, a media centre and a café. The base building was fully refurbished by the building owner before being handed over for AFP to independently undertake its fitout works.

Emergency Services Station Relocation Feasibility

Emergency Services Station Relocation Feasibility

Client  Justice and Community Safety Directorate and ACT Emergency Services Agency    
 Sector  Infrastructure
 Size  3 (of 12) new and refurbished emergency services facilities throughout the ACT  
 Value  $80 million
 Timeframe     2011 - 2012
 Role

 Project Manager / Start-up Consultant - Phase 1

In 2011-12, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JSA) and the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) identified the need to relocate and refurbish 12 ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service Stations throughout Canberra, in order to achieve minimum response times. The project required the development of building "templates" for installation on sites with existing facilities or new greenfield sites across the territory. Required facilities included appliance bays, living quarters, offices, training rooms, ancillary related facilities with detailed services and functional requirements. External facilities included appliance storage, drill yards and accessible plant at ground level.

The design was developed to meet three separate sustainability standards identified as 'baseline', 'best practice' and 'leading edge' to provide the client with flexibility in achieving a variety of sustainability outcomes.

 

High Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

 Client  High Court of Australia   
 Sector  Infrastructure
 Value  $1.4 million approx.
 Timeframe       2013 - 2014
 Role  Works Superintendent / Contract Administration
Services    

The forecourt area adjacent to the main entry of the High Court of Australia had deteriorated to be in poor condition with structural deficiencies and safety issues.

The project involved the removal of all existing forecourt slabs which had settled substantially and been damaged by tree roots. The forecourt slab was replaced with a suspended slab with integral tree pits design, avoiding repetition of the previous problems. The surface of the new forecourt areas was finished with paving tiles which were selected to blend in with the remainder of the existing external areas.

 

Bus Transit Way, Canberra Avenue

Bus Transit Way, Canberra Avenue

 Client  ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP) on behalf of Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (TAMS)    
 Sector  Infrastructure
 Size  2.1km approx.
 Value  $7.6 million
 Timeframe      2012 - 2014
 Role  Project Manager and Superintendent

The Canberra Avenue Bus Transit Way is part of the ACT Government's Strategic Public Transport Network Plan, and is designed to significantly improve bus commuter travel times. The project involved the construction of a dedicated bus lane on Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick, and incorporated an overall goal of providing an engineering solution which achieves an enhanced urban design outcome for the Canberra Avenue road corridor.

 

 

FaHCSIA National Office Fitout, Initial Cost Benefit Analysis

FaHCSIA National Office Fitout, Initial Cost Benefit Analysis

 Client  Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)    
 Sector  Office
 Size  53,000m² approx. NLA
 Value  $450 million NPV lease commitment
 Timeframe      2012 - 2013
 Role  Property Consultant for Inital Cost Benefit Analysis

In mid-2012 the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) analysed its current property in the ACT. FaHCSIA's overall ACT office accommodation was in the order of 53,000m² NLA – made up of a National Office at the Tuggeranong Office Park (TOP) campus, which comprised five partially separated, three to four storey buildings, totalling 33,000m² of NLA, and a number of other buildings in the ACT with a combined NLA of approximately 20,000m², with the majority of this space (around 11,000m² NLA) being in the Centraplaza Building in Woden.

FaHCSIA's lease of the TOP facility was due to expire in December 2016, with no options to extend. At this point in 2012, FaHCSIA engaged Xact to commence the process of planning its future accommodation requirements through the development of documentation and processes consistent with the Department of Finance and Deregulation's (DoFD) Commonwealth Property Management Framework.

 

Monument to Australian Humanitarian Aid Workers

Monument to Australian Humanitarian Aid Workers

 Client  Charles Sturt University (CSU)
 Sector  Public
 Size  1.5m²
 Value  $50,000
 Timeframe      2013
 Role  Project Manager

The Monument to Australian Humanitarian Aid Workers is a gift from the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) to the citizens of Canberra to mark the occasion of the Centenary, honouring the memory of deceased Australians who served in international humanitarian work. The memorial is located on the ACC&C site in Barton ACT, which is part of the Charles Sturt University campus.

ACT Health Infrastructure Program, Risk Management and Systems Advisor

ACT Health Infrastructure Program, Risk Management and Systems Advisor

 Client  ACT Shared Services Procurement on behalf of ACT Health Directorate      
 Sector  Health and Aged Care
 Value  $1 billion   
 Timeframe      2013 - 2014
 Role Program Risk Management and Systems Advisor

The ACT Government has embarked upon the Health Infrastructure Program (HIP); a program to overhaul and expand all aspects of the ACT Health Directorate (HD) systems as part of the single largest capital works project undertaken in the ACT Government's history. The enhancements to the health system in both building and clinical systems are expected to be in excess of $1 billion. The HIP program includes redevelopment of the existing Canberra Hospital campus as well as new facilities at other locations around Canberra.

 

 

Trade Training Centres, Erindale and Tuggeranong

Trade Training Centres, Erindale and Tuggeranong

 Client  ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP) on behalf
of ACT Education and Training Directorate (ETD)         
 Sector  Education
 Size  400m² (Erindale), 380m² (Tuggeranong) approx.
 Value  $1.2 million (Erindale), $1.5 million (Tuggeranong)   
 Timeframe        2013 - 2014
 Role  Superintendent

In 2013 the Commonwealth Government funded an initiative aimed at the creation of trade training centres in schools. Two new facilities in the ACT were located at:
    •  Erindale College - a training centre for hospitality trades including a commercial kitchen; and
    •  Lake Tuggeranong College - a training centre for industrial and construction  trades.

Each training centre was designed by a separate design team under the direction of the ACT Education and Training Directorate (ETD) and following a tender process conducted by ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP). The contract for each training centre was awarded to separate builders, with the form of contract being an amended version of AS2124-1992.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs, New Canberra Offices

Department of Veterans’ Affairs, New Canberra Offices

 Client  Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)    
 Sector  Office
 Size  11,500m² to 12,500m² NLA
 Value  $20 million   
 Timeframe      2013 - 2016
 Role Property Consultant for Initial Cost Benefit Analysis and Tenant Advocate    

Knowing its current lease over the 20,000m² Lovett Tower in Phillip expired on 30 June 2016 with no option of renewal, in 2013 the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) approached Xact. As their space requirement had reduced to around 10,000m², DVA wished to test the market to determine their optimum long term accommodation solution.

 

ACT Supreme Court

ACT Supreme Court

 Client  ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP) on behalf of Justice and Community Safety Directorate    
 Sector  Public
 Value  $90 million
 Timeframe      2012 - 2014
 Role  Independent Peer Review of Business Case and Concept Design

Operating since 1963, the Supreme Court Building had served the ACT well for almost 50 years, but needed significant redevelopment to meet existing and future demands, especially advances in technology. In 2011, the ACT Government engaged a consultant team to develop a Detailed Business Case (DBC) for redevelopment of the facility including preparation of concept designs and associated cost estimates. In 2012 following completion of this initial work, the Government required that an independent peer review be undertaken along with further value management work and refinement of the DBC so that it could be submitted in the 2013-14 budget cycle for ACT Treasury and Parliamentary approval.

 

AFSA Canberra Office Fitout

AFSA Canberra Office Fitout

 Client  Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)   
 Sector  Office
 Size  2,150m² NLA
 Value  Fitout value $3 million approx.
 Timeframe     2013
 Role  Project Manager

In early 2013, AFSA entered into a lease of new premises at the 4 National Circuit building in Barton ACT which has a 5 Greenstar design rating and 5 star NABERS. The leased premises were to house AFSA’s national headquarters in a new office fitout that was expected to serve AFSA for the next 15 to 20 years.

The fitout was designed on a modular basis to provide optimal flexibility and facilitate future ‘churn’ if and as required. The fitout was also designed in accordance with contemporary ESD principals to achieve a high standard of energy efficiency (including a minimum NABERS 4.5 star rating) and other best practice features such as good use of natural light and the use of sustainable materials for building works and finishes.

 

The Street Theatre, Canberra

The Street Theatre, Canberra

 Client   ACT Community Services Directorate (CSD) / ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP)      
 Sector  Public
 Size  1,000m² approx.
 Value  $2.5 million
 Timeframe      2012 - 2013
 Role  Principal's Representative (Superintendent and Contract Administrator)    

One of Canberra's well known theatre and performance spaces, The Street Theatre is a multidisciplinary performance ideas house with a curated program of work created by professional and independent artists. It is located in Canberra City West, adjacent to the Australian National University and ACT Family Court.

In 2012 The Street Theatre undertook a program of extensions and improvements. An extension of approximately 1,000 m² over two floors provided space for a new, large high ceilinged rehearsal area, office, amenities, and box office, while improvements to the existing Theatre building included relocating the box office, the kitchen space and base services for the café, and upgrading waste services. In addition, minor external works to improve the site's amenity (removal of temporary accommodation, removal of creeper vine and landscaping and tree planting) were required. The design had the upper floor built to the base building level which allowed for a possible fitout in the future to populate the first floor space.

New Lease AFSA Canberra

New Lease AFSA Canberra

Client  Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)       
 Sector  Office
 Size  2,150m² NLA
 Value  $15 million NPV approx.
 Timeframe      2012 - 2013
 Role  Leasing Advisor, Tenant Advocate  

At the end of 2013, the Australian Financial Security Authority's (AFSA) lease of its existing premises at AMA House Barton expired, with no options to extend. In mid 2012, AFSA commenced the process of planning its future Canberra accommodation requirement by undertaking an initial assessment of the market to determine available options. AFSA decided to undertake a formal approach to market (ATM) for suitable accommodation.

In mid 2012, Xact was engaged by AFSA to provide professional property services advice to undertake the initial market assessment of available accommodation options. Xact’s role was subsequently extended to assist AFSA with the lease negotiation process as well as with obtaining the necessary Commonwealth Government approvals.

AFSA entered into a new lease in the recently completed 4 National Circuit, Barton office building and commenced occupation of their new premises in late 2013 following completion of a project to design and construct a new purpose built fitout (see AFSA Canberra Office Fitout Project).

 

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George Browning House

George Browning House

Client  Charles Sturt University (CSU)        
 Sector  Education
 Size  580m² approx. NLA
 Value  $2.63 million
 Timeframe      2006 - 2008
 Role  Project Manager

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) is an ecumenical foundation which was established in 1993 under the auspices of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). Xact participated in the development of the original masterplan for the ACC&C, and was selected as Project Manager for the construction of George Browning House (CSU House).

George Browning House is an academic research facility sponsored by Charles Sturt University (CSU) and is a key part of Stage 2 of the development of the ACC&C. The centre provides a focus for ecumenical activity in Australia and is an entirely new development, consisting of academic offices which surround communal spaces on two floors.

Key factors in this project included management of the site to protect heritage interests, and the careful selection of materials to reflect the overall vision for the site and natural surroundings.

 

DEEWR Data Centre, Canberra

DEEWR Data Centre, Canberra

 Client  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations    
 Sector  Office
 Size  450m²
 Value  $7.5 million
 Timeframe    2012 - 2013
 Role  Project Manager

In 2012 the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) reorganised its data saving systems and decided to locate its new 450m² data centre within the existing basement area of its national office in Canberra. The data centre, when commissioned, was to replace an existing off-site data centre and would be one of two duplicate sites. The data centre was designed to be capable of servicing a 500kW ICT load through an in-row cooler system with hot and cold aisle containment. It had a highly reliable source of backup power supply through two UPS units and a combination of diesel and gas turbine backup generation.

Through the use of latent power and chilled water capacity already available in the base building (including a tri-generation plan) the data centre was designed to be both highly efficient and economical for DEEWR's ongoing operations as well as having minimal impact on the building's NABERS rating.

Being located in the basement carpark area, with limited headroom and other existing infrastructure constraints, the design of the data centre required a high level of innovation to achieve the required operational performance. The design solution not only achieved all operational requirements but was highly efficient with built in flexibility for future changes in technology and/or operational requirements.

While the data centre was fully designed and ready for construction in early 2013, DEEWR made a decision to stop the project and review other available options. Following this review the project was shelved.

 

National Arboretum Canberra

National Arboretum Canberra

 Client  ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP) on behalf of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS)    
 Sector  Public
 Size  250 Hectares
 Value  $75 million
 Timeframe      2012 - 2013
 Role  Project Director / Manager (Seconded to SSP)

An arboretum is a place where trees are cultivated for conservation, scientific and educational study, display and preservation. The vision of the ACT Government in establishing the National Arboretum Canberra was for it to become one of the great arboreta in the world; to provide a place of outstanding beauty of international standard and a destination and recreational resource for the local community and visitors to Canberra. The National Arboretum Canberra features 100 forests of Australian natives and various rare and endangered trees from Australia and around the world. The project to develop the National Arboretum was a complex and highly accelerated program that required careful planning and close management of the performance of many contractors and consultants.

 

 

10-12 Mort Street, Canberra, Building Refurbishment and DEEWR Fitout

10-12 Mort Street, Canberra, Building Refurbishment and DEEWR Fitout

 Client  The GPT Group - Building Owner
 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) - Tenant    
 Sector  Office
 Size  15,500m² 
 Value  $8.6 million (base building refurbishment)
 $18.8 million (fitout)
 Timeframe     2011 - 2012
 Role  Project Manager

This project involved base building refurbishment and an integrated fitout of two adjacent and interconnected buildings located at 10 and 12 Mort Street in Canberra's CBD. Both buildings required refurbishment and rejuvenation of the base building and tenancy areas including replacement of floor and ceiling finishes, new lighting, services upgrades and refurbishment of all toilets and other amenities. The street presence and presentation of the ground floor entry lobbies of each building was also updated and improved. The new fitout to accommodate DEEWR as the sole tenant occupying both buildings was undertaken concurrently with the base building works.

The project was delivered within a tight timeframe and with stringent controls governing handover requirements with regards to defects rectification and in relation to testing and commissioning. This required an accelerated program in order for DEEWR to meet a series of lease expiry obligations.


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Staff Housing in Remote Areas, Galiwin'ku and Wadeye

Staff Housing in Remote Areas, Galiwin'ku and Wadeye

Client   Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)          
 Sector  Residential
 Size  Various
 Value  $1 million
 Timeframe      2007
 Role  Project Manager

To support their staff working in remote areas of the Northern Territory, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) undertook a program of staff housing construction and refurbishment in a variety of remote and regional locations.

The two main centres of activity were Galiwin'ku (the main settlement on Elcho Island, just off the northern coast of Australia, two hours flight from Darwin) and Wadeye (a mainland settlement, generally only accessible by air and approximately 12 hours drive from Darwin).

FaHCSIA provided funding to the Galiwin'ku and Wadeye local communities to directly engage contractors to construct stand-alone staff houses. As the projects were funded by FaHCSIA for the use of visiting FaHCSIA staff, an assessment of the housing needed to be carried out prior to occupation by staff, as concerns had been raised regarding suitability.

 

Offices in Remote Areas, Nhulunbuy

Offices in Remote Areas, Nhulunbuy

Client  Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) 
Sector Office
Size 2,000m2 approx. 
Value $4 million (including base building and fitout works)
Timeframe  2006 - 2010
Role Project Manager

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) required new office accommodation for its operations in Nhulunbuy, a remote town 1,000km from Darwin. Xact assisted FaHCSIA with an assessment of available accommodation which verified that there was no suitable existing office space that met its fitout and accommodation requirements.

It was decided that a purpose-built office complex would be constructed by a local developer and leased by the Department for 15 years. Due to the remote location, the complex was designed and constructed using pre-fabricated units which were delivered to the site by barge.

This project was significant for the level of consultation with local stakeholders including the indigenous community and managing complex works in a remote area. A design was developed that allowed the building the be predominantly constructed in Brisbane and barged to site.

The fitout works required a high level of design co-ordination as, due to lead times in delivering materials by barge from Darwin, there could be no variations once the fitout commenced.

Charles Sturt University, Canberra

Charles Sturt University, Canberra

Client  Charles Sturt University (CSU)
 Sector  Office
 Size

 Stage 1: 600m² NLA
 Stage 2: 642m² NLA

 Value

 Stage 1: $1.05 million
 Stage 2: $1.02 million

 Timeframe    Stage 1: 2011
 Stage 2: 2012 - 2013
 Role  Property Consulting and Project Manager    

In 2011, Charles Sturt University (CSU) had an immediate need for additional office accommodation in Canberra to house three business units. The new premises were required to be located within the central Canberra precinct, near other CSU facilities and amenities. The chosen property at 10 Brisbane Avenue was fitted out appropriately with 21 staff offices, ten postgraduate workstations, two conference rooms, breakout room, kitchen, bathroom and locker room facilities.

In 2012, CSU sought additional accommodation to meet growing operational needs. Xact negotiated the lease of an additional 642m2 at the same site across two floors and subsequently managed the fit out works. The new works created 13 offices, kitchen and bathroom areas. The chosen design also created a self-contained area with large seminar room, attached kitchen and two breakout rooms which could be hired by external clients. The audio visual interactive capabilities of the seminar room allowed users to conduct interactive meetings with all CSU campuses nationwide.

 

Burgmann College Catering Contract

Burgmann College Catering Contract

Client  Burgmann College 
 Sector Education 
 Size Catering area and kitchen for 400 people 
 Timeframe    2011 - 2012 
 Role Procurement Adviser 

Burgmann College, an independently owned and operated residential college located on the Australian National University (ANU) campus, provides accommodation for 350 students from around Australia and overseas. In late 2011 the College decided to renew their catering services contract via a select tender process with the objectives of market testing the services and improving the overall level and consistency of the catering services.

The College's main objectives were to procure the "best" catering service and to integrate kitchen upgrade works into the new service agreement. The successful Catering tenderer was engaged under a new performance based Service Agreement which resulted in an improved level and quality of catering service for the College as well as improved value for money.

Eclipse Apartments, Bruce

Eclipse Apartments, Bruce

 Client  CHC Canberra Affordable Housing
 Sector  Residential
 Size  223 apartments 
 Value  $52 million
 Timeframe       2011 - 2013
 Role  Superintendent/Contract Administrator

CHC is a not-for-profit development company that delivers affordable properties, for both sale and rent, to the ACT community. The Eclipse development comprises 223 apartments and ground floor commercial space. Situated on Braybrooke Street in Bruce, the Eclipse is one street back from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Bruce Stadium, and within a kilometre of the University of Canberra (UC), the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and Calvary Hospital. Units in the complex were offered by CHC on the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) as well as to the general market.

The Eclipse Apartments prove that affordability can be achieved without compromising on quality, with all apartments containing stone bench tops, stainless steel appliances, reverse cycle air conditioning and quality fittings and fixtures. The development compares favourably with similar products on the residential housing market in Canberra.

The project was procured through a negotiated design and construct form of contract developed by CHC and was completed nearly four months ahead of program.

 

Canberra Sleep Laboratory

Canberra Sleep Laboratory

 Client  Canberra Sleep Laboratory (CSL)    
 Sector  Health and Aged Care    
 Size  702m²
 Value  $700,000
 Timeframe      2010 - 2011
 Role  Project Manager

Canberra Sleep Laboratory (CSL) is a medical specialist providing advice in relation to sleeping disorders. Due to growing demand for their services, CSL entered into lease to establish new rooms at the recently completed Equinox Business Park development in Deakin, ACT. The facility comprises reception desk and associated waiting area, consulting rooms, office spaces, meeting rooms, staff amenities and special equipment rooms.

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Building Contractors Panel, Monash University, Victoria

Building Contractors Panel, Monash University, Victoria

 Client  Monash University  
 Sector  Education
 Value  $15 million across five metropolitan campuses    
 Timeframe   2010 - 2011
 Role  Procurement Consultant

In 2010 the Facilities and Services Division of Monash University engaged Xact to provide advice on the development and implementation of a procurement process to establish a minor works panel for the University. Establishment of the panel was required to deliver performance based contract arrangements for the delivery of minor works projects up to $500,000 in value.

 

 

Nishi Building, New Acton

Nishi Building, New Acton

 Client  Arup / Molonglo Group   
 Sector  Residential and Office
 Size  21,700m² commercial office 
 235 unit residential building
 68 room hotel
 Value  $160 million 
 Timeframe     2010 - 2013
 Role  Superintendent's Representative     

Nishi, the residential and commercial development at New Acton, Canberra, displays
advanced environmentally sustainable design. The mixed-use site contains:
· Commercial building of 21,700m²;
· Multi-unit residential building of 235 apartments;
· Hotel – a 68 room boutique hotel (Hotel Hotel) located on the lower three levels of the Nishi residential building;
· Palace Electric Cinema – an eight theatre cinema complex incorporating state of the art technology and a sophisticated bar and lounge facility;
· External works and public artwork – various landscaping works were undertaken during the construction phase; and
· A key deliverable was to achieve Molonglo Group's Public Artwork expectation and this also formed a central part of the project.

The building and fitout achieved a 6 Green Star design rating and 6 Green Star as-built rating. The residential apartments were the most sustainable in Australia, achieving an average NatHERS rating of 8 stars, compared with the minimum new build requirement of 4 stars. In 2015, Nishi won the International Project of the Year at the Building Awards in London.

The project was delivered under a project specific design and construct form of contract. The client's original design team was novated to the builder, PBS Building, to do the design development and documentation phases of the design work.

 

Social Housing Developments

Social Housing Developments

 Client  ACT Department of Housing and Community Services (DHCS)        
 Sector  Residential    
 Size  Various
 Value  Ranging from $10 million to $15 million
 Timeframe      2010 - 2011
 Role  Project Manager / Superintendent 

The four projects consisted of the design and construction of 201 new residential units located across multiple development sites in Canberra. The units are a combination of two and three bedrooms that have achieved 6 star energy efficiency ratings. The developments have been designed and built to be compliant with Adaptable Housing Standards.

This project was to be delivered in accordance with an overarching program driven by the requirements of the Commonwealth’s National Building Stimulus Fund and was funded jointly by Department of Housing and Community Services (DHCS) and the Fund.

 

Stromlo Forest Park

Stromlo Forest Park

Client  ACT Government        
 Sector  Public    
 Size  500 Hectares
 Value  $8 million
 Timeframe      2005 - 2008
 Role  Project Management Support    

In January 2003, a devastating fire swept across Canberra, completely destroying the Stromlo Forest. The ACT Government Bushfire Recovery Taskforce recommended a world-class multi-use, recreational sporting facility be established and be available to both recreational and professional users. Stromlo Forest Park now boasts a one-of-a-kind community facility with exceptional infrastructure for a variety of users.

Xact was seconded on a full time basis within the Strategic Projects Implementation Area of the Chief Minister’s Office. Xact’s role consisted of acting as the client and technical advisor for a range of high profile public capital works projects including Stromlo Forest Park, Veterans Memorial, National Arboretum, The Tidbinbilla Redevelopment and the Asbestos Taskforce.

Calvary Retirement Community, Canberra

Calvary Retirement Community, Canberra

 Client  Little Company of Mary Health Care
 Sector  Residential
 Size  4 Hectares
 Value  $34 million
 Timeframe        2004 - 2007
 Role  Project Manager and Superintendent    

Calvary Retirement Community at Bruce welcomed its first residents in December 2006. The project consisted of 100 residential aged care beds and 78 independent living units, with a choice of two to three bedrooms, all with quality fittings, attached garaging and choice of floor plans. Central to the village was the Community Club House providing residents with access to a library, chapel, multi-media room, gymnasium, business centre and café.

 

Dr Tonks' Consulting Surgery

Dr Tonks' Consulting Surgery

 Client  Dr Tony Tonks - Plastic Surgeon     
 Sector  Health and Aged Care
 Size  320m²
 Timeframe    2009
 Role  Project Manager

A plastic surgery specialist in Canberra sought the re-design and fitout of new consulting rooms including:
· Reception and waiting areas;
· Consulting rooms and offices;
· Administration areas;
· Surgical procedure room; and
· Treatment rooms.

The premises were located in a base building primarily designed for general office space, within the Hotel Realm precinct in Barton, which brought a range of technical issues to the project.

Australian Embassy, Washington DC

Australian Embassy, Washington DC

 Client  Overseas and Property Branch (OPO) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)      
 Sector  Office
 Size  12,000m² NLA approx.
 Value  Options to US$100 million plus
 Timeframe     June - August 2014
 Role Property Advisory Services

The Australian Embassy to the United States of America (the Washington Chancery building) is located in the heart of Washington DC's central business district, less than 1 km from the White House and within the 3 km radius occupied by the majority of international embassies.

The Chancery is a seven storey building providing office space, storage and basement car spaces. It was purpose built by the Australian Government in 1967, extended in 1977 and underwent a significant refurbished in 2000. Given the age and overall condition of the Chancery, DFAT engaged Xact to undertake an options analysis including an initial property market search, to determine how best to provide the future Chancery facilities in Washington.

 

Photography credit: By AgnosticPreachersKid (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Grounds Maintenance Contract, Monash University, Victoria

Grounds Maintenance Contract, Monash University, Victoria

 Client  Monash University 
 Sector  Education
 Timeframe      2008 - 2009
 Role  Procurement Consultant

In 2008 the Facilities and Services Division of Monash University engaged Xact to critically review their grounds maintenance arrangements to assess performance and value for money being obtained over three high profile campuses at one of Victoria's premier universities. The University stressed that the appearance of the grounds was a key element of the teacher, student and visitor experience.

 

Photo: Graham Keen, Monash University

 

CSU Wagga Wagga Campus, Program of Capital Works

CSU Wagga Wagga Campus, Program of Capital Works

 Client  Charles Sturt University       
 Sector  Education
 Value  >$23 million 
 Timeframe        2006 - 2007
 Role  Program Manager

The assignment involved the start-up phase of a program of works at the CSU Wagga Wagga Campus. The objective of the program of works was to deliver the infrastructure and buildings required to support the School of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences program at the Campus.

The program included a number of concurrent projects which ranged in value up to $10 million and included teaching facilities, laboratories and residential accommodation.

At the completion of Xact's involvement, the majority of the projects had been defined and scoped with detailed design briefs and the subsequent design of a number of the projects well advanced. One of the key new building projects, the Veterinary Clinical Centre, was also in construction.

Student Accommodation, University of Canberra

Student Accommodation, University of Canberra

 Client  Campus Living Villages (CLV) on behalf of the University of Canberra (UC)
 Sector  Residential
 Size  507 residences
 Value  $38 million
 Timeframe   2008 - 2009
 Role  Superintendent

In 2007 the University of Canberra (UC) announced Campus Living Villages (CLV) were to build and operate new student residences on the south-western border of the campus. The project involved the construction of 507 residences on a green field site, with associated café, indoor common rooms and outdoor 'village green' and barbeque communal areas, car parking and other amenities. The residences were built in eighteen separate free standing three storey buildings to ensure the scale of the project remained domestic and residential.

The design featured passive solar design, cycle and walking paths to the university and local amenities, grey water recycling and a 'wildlife corridor' for native animals. The Green Star Guide to Building was followed to ensure delivery of ecological sustainable benefits.

 

Mirinjani Nursing Home

Mirinjani Nursing Home

Client  UnitingCare   
 Sector  Health and Aged Care    
 Size  2,000m² NLA
 Value  $15.8 million
 Timeframe      2007 - 2009
 Role  Project Manager

UnitingCare was seeking to construct an additional 64 bed nursing home and new maintenance building as part of the Mirinjani Nursing Home. These new facilities were proposed as a two storey building with basement car parking on a sloping green field site adjoining the existing 60 bed facility.

The challenge on this project was to ensure that accessibility requirements were met for all parties and users due to the slope on the site. Unhindered access for users and tenants needed to be achieved and to be continuous from the basement level car park to the upper floors of the site.

The construction work was also undertaken on a site adjacent to the existing facility, therefore requiring careful and considered planning to ensure minimal disruption to residents. The brief was met in the final outcome with a suitable facility for all tenants and staff alike. Construction also proceeded smoothly and without any significant disruption to adjacent facilities.

 

Tuggeranong Office Park Refurbishment

Tuggeranong Office Park Refurbishment

 Client  Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)      
 Sector  Office
 Size  33,000m²
 Value  $30 million
 Timeframe      2006 - 2011
 Role  Project Manager

The Tuggeranong Office Park (TOP) campus comprises of five partially separated, three to four storey buildings, totalling 33,000m². Each building is divided between east and west wings, the wings are joined with pedestrian linkways.

 

DEEWR National Head Office

DEEWR National Head Office

Client    Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) 
Sector   Office
Size   40,000m2
Value   $66 Million
Timeframe   2007 - 2010
Role   Tenant Advocate/ Project Management Support, Property Consulting

Following an open tender process, DEEWR entered into a pre-committed lease with Walker Developments in late 2007 for the design and construction of a new office building. As part of the agreement DEEWR elected to integrate its fitout with the construction of the building. Xact provided important stewardship throughout this process.

The development comprises 40,000m² of commercial office accommodation over eleven floors. The building caters for 2,500 of DEEWR’s National Office staff with an extensive range of amenities. Features of the development include conference facilities, gymnasium, café, internal access stair, open plan office fitout design and living plant walls featured in the lobbies.

The building has achieved a 6 Green Star Rating and is one of Canberra’s most significant commercial developments.

 

Photographer - Simon Wood
Architect - GHD Woodhead Pty Ltd

              

               

 

FaHCSIA National Fitout Program

FaHCSIA National Fitout Program

 Client  Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)    
 Sector  Office
 Size  Ranging from 500m² to 35,000m²
 Value  >$50 million
 Timeframe    2006 - 2010
 Role  Leasing Advisor, Program and Project Manager and Superintendent

The National Fitout Program included the planning, design, construction and commissioning of over 50 fitout projects for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs's (FaHCSIA) state and regional offices, and Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs). The projects were located in remote, regional and capital cities around Australia. Projects ranged in value from $100,000 to $5 million. 

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