Projects

Australian War Memorial Redevelopment Business Case

Australian War Memorial Redevelopment Business Case

 Client   Australian War Memorial
 Sector  Public Facility
 Value  $500 million
 Size  10,000m2
 Timeframe     2018
 Role  Project Manager

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) is the national memorial dedicated to those who have served in the armed forces. The AWM was exploring options to redevelop or expand the current floor space to include exhibitions to honour Australia’s Invictus Generation, participants in recent conflicts including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and East Timor.

Xact was engaged to provide a detailed business case and develop a master plan which would service the AWM for the next 50 years.

The AWM considers that Xact provided strong leadership in delivering the outcomes required for the DBC to expected quality and within the required timeframes whilst ensuring value for money for the allocated funding.

In October 2018, the project was granted funding approval.

The Henry Retirement Living Facility

The Henry Retirement Living Facility

 Client   The Henry Group
 Sector  Health and Aged Care
 Value  $38.7 million
 Size  40,425m2
 Timeframe     2018 - 2019
 Role  Project Manager

The Henry Group proposed a new retirement living facility which would include 47 single-storey townhouses and 52 apartments split across two five and four storey buildings, basement parking and a central clubhouse. The scope of the project includes construction of a new cinema, bar, café, lounge, library and gym, resulting in a new community hub for the surrounding community.

High School Modernisation Works

High School Modernisation Works

 Client   ACT Government
 Sector  Education
 Value  $20 million
 Size  5,732m2
 Timeframe     2017 - 2019
 Role  Principal's Authorised Person

The Modernisation of Belconnen High is the final stage in a series of progressive upgrades to the school buildings and grounds. Works under this contract will serve to extend the building life to support growing enrolment numbers, bring the learning environment in line with the current Education pedagogy, and provide major improvements in environmental sustainability.

Works include roof replacement, major refurbishment of a number of buildings, demolition of associated buildings, landscaping works, and upgrades to technology spaces.

Office Fitout and Base Building Works, Department of Employment

Office Fitout and Base Building Works, Department of Employment

 Client   Department of Employment
 Sector  Office
 Value  $3.7 million
 Size  9,400m2
 Timeframe     2017 - 2018
 Role  Project Manager

Xact was appointed as the Project Manager by the Department to carry out three components of work which included an office fitout on the ground floor, in-ceiling refurbishment works, and targeted improvement works to meeting rooms from the ground floor up to Level six.

The staging of works was a critical requirement as there was not enough staff staging space available to accommodate construction of more than one floor at a time.

ACT Playgrounds Major Upgrades

ACT Playgrounds Major Upgrades

 Client   Procurement and Capital Works and
 Transport Canberra and Municipal Services
 Sector  Public Facility
 Value  $650,000
 Timeframe     2017
 Role  Principal's Authorised Person

Children’s playgrounds maintained by the ACT Government must comply with Australian standards. Changes to these standards in 2017 meant five existing ACT playgrounds required major upgrades. These playgrounds were located in Gowrie, Florey, Evatt and Gungahlin.

Xact was engaged as the Principal's Authorised Person under an MW21 form of contract.

Australian Sports Commission Aquatic Centre Capital Works

Australian Sports Commission Aquatic Centre Capital Works

 Client   Australian Sports Commission
 Sector  Public Facility
 Value  $500,000
 Timeframe     2017
 Role  Procurement and Strategic Planning

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 facilities.

The Aquatic Centre is open to the public, and receives a high volume of visitors, including swimmers from the AIS Swim School. The ASC identified several infrastructure upgrades required for the Aquatic Centre, including re-tiling around the 25m and 50m pools, and the refurbishment of structural steel columns within the centre. Given the profile of the facility, and high utilisation rates, the key priorities for the ASC were achieving a high-quality result, and programming that was sensitive to the operations of the centre.

VIC Government Department of Health Office Fitout

VIC Government Department of Health Office Fitout

 Client   VIC Government Department of Health
 Sector  Office
 Value  $3.1 million
 Size  6,000m2
 Timeframe     2017
 Role  Property Manager

This project involved the fitout of the Department of Health’s Victorian State Office. The project, with a budget of over $3 million, consisted of upgrading and expanding the current capabilities and facilities of this government department. The total area of the fitout consisted three floors of the building and accumulated to an area of approximately 6,000m2.

The work achieved its primary target of consolidating the whole state office through a refit of each floor. Furthermore, the project relocated staff to help increase the efficiency of the organisation. Due to budget constraints, accurate planning and cost management were integral in achieving the desire outcome of the project, which was achieved.

Lease Negotiations and Office Fitout, Inspector-General of Taxation

Lease Negotiations and Office Fitout, Inspector-General of Taxation

 Client   Inspector-General of Taxation
 Sector  Office
 Value  $1.4 million
 Timeframe     2017
 Role  Tenant Advocate and Project Manager

Xact carried out market testing and lease negotiations for the Inspector-General of Taxation's (IGT) new Sydney office accommodation and was subsequently engaged to manage the fitout delivery process, ensuring that the work was delivered to IGT’s requirements on program and within budget while adhering to Commonwealth’s rules and requirements, including the Procurement Rules.

Procurement for Capital Works Project, Australian Sports Commission

Procurement for Capital Works Project, Australian Sports Commission

 Client   Australian Sports Commission
 Sector  Public Facility
 Value  $1.5 million
 Timeframe     2017
 Role  Procurement Consultant

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 facilities.

The basketball and netball centre is utilised by high profile professional elite sportspersons that are striving to be, or are already, part of the Australian Boomers, Opals and Diamonds teams.

For the facility to continue to be considered a high-performance facility, the ASC has undertaken a number of upgrades in recent times, including replacement of the sprung floor.

To further support the facility as a high-quality basketball and netball centre, the replacement of various mechanical plant and replacement of the façade was deemed required which had not been replaced for over 30 years. The façade replacement was essential to ensure the asset was protected from external elements.

A key challenge of the project was to ensure the works were undertaken safely whilst maintaining access to the courts for various elite sporting groups.

Australian War Memorial Specialised Storage Facility

Australian War Memorial Specialised Storage Facility

 Client   Australian War Memorial
 Sector  Government Facility
 Value  $15 million
 Timeframe     2016 - 2018
 Role  Project Manager

The Australian War Memorial had a requirement for the construction of a new storage facility at Treloar E, Callan Street in Mitchell ACT, which was the first stage in implementing the Memorial's 2012 Mitchell Precinct Site Development Plan. The building will primarily house large technology objects, in particular aircraft and large vehicles.

The project was initially broken down into three stages: project definition and start-up, Public Works Committee approval, and design team procurement. On completion of these activities, Xact's role extended to undertake the project management of the construction of the facility.

Jewish Memorial Centre Security Works and Memorial

Jewish Memorial Centre Security Works and Memorial

 Client   ACT Jewish Community
 Sector  Public Facility
 Value  $2.5 million
 Timeframe     2016 - 2018
 Role  Project Manager and Superintendent

The National Jewish Memorial Centre was originally built in 1971 and required significant building upgrades and expansion to accommodate new facilities and amenities. Xact was engaged by the ACT Jewish Community to provide advisory and project management services to assist with the upgrade and expansion of the facility.

The project incorporated two stages of works: security, landscape and Schule extension, and building wing extension and Memorial. The Memorial commemorates the 341 Jewish servicemen who fought and died for Australia. 

Aged Care Defects Rectification Program

Aged Care Defects Rectification Program

 Client   BaptistCare
 Sector  Health and Aged Care
 Value  $2.7 million
 Timeframe     2016 - 2018
 Role  Project Manager

The BaptistCare Griffith Residential Aged Care Facility required defects rectification to ensure it continued to meet the ongoing needs of the residents and staff. Xact was engaged to lead the project and manage all facets of the works. 

A key aspect of the project was to arrange the commissioning of all building services to ensure rectification works complied with the submitted design and Building Code. This also included the completion of all as-built documentation to allow ongoing management and maintenance of building infrastructure.

 

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2 Constitution Avenue Fitout and Base Building Upgrades

2 Constitution Avenue Fitout and Base Building Upgrades

 Client   ISPT Pty Ltd and
 ACT Corrective Services
 Sector  Office
 Value  $4.5 million
 Size  2,700m2
 Timeframe     2016 - 2017
 Role  Project Manager

Due to an impending lease expiry, 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 included the integration of base building refurbishment involving an accessible lift, new stairs and general building services upgrades to suit the tenant fitout.
ACT Adaptable Housing Project

ACT Adaptable Housing Project

 Client   Housing ACT, Community Services Directorate
 Sector  Residential
 Value  $2.1 million
 Timeframe     2015 - 2016
 Role  Principal's Authorised Person

The project involved the construction of nine new dwellings at three separate sites in Spence, Watson and Deakin in the ACT. The new houses and townhouses were designed to achieve compliance with the Adaptable Class ‘C’ Code, AS 4299-1995.

An adaptable house is one that is safe and easy to use for occupants of all ages. It must be easily adaptable without costly alterations to suit occupants, now or in the future, who have any type of disability. Specific reference is paid to landscaping, security, car parking, signage, lighting, floor levels, entrances, doorways and circulation spaces, sanitary facilities, bedrooms, kitchen, living and laundry areas.

Sports Accommodation Refurbishment Project Procurement

Sports Accommodation Refurbishment Project Procurement

 Client   Australian Sports Commission and
 ACT Academy of Sport
 Sector  Residential, and Public Facility
 Value  $800,000
 Timeframe     2016 - 2017
 Role  Procurement Consultant

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) recently agreed to partner and allow ACTAS to utilise the ASC facilities. To accommodate them on campus it was necessary to undertake refurbishment and refit works on the existing athlete accommodation facilities.

Xact was engaged to design, develop, write and manage the process to approach the market on behalf of ASC for urgent refurbishment of Building 20 (the old athlete accommodation village), to house new accommodation for ACTAS.

Cost Benefit Analysis, National Archives of Australia

Cost Benefit Analysis, National Archives of Australia

 Client   National Archives of Australia
 Sector  Government Facility
 Timeframe     2016 - 2017
 Role  Property Consultant

The National Archives of Australia is the country’s primary agency that collects, preserves and provides access to important Government records. The East Block building in Parkes, ACT is the Archives' national head office. The building is open to the public every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday. The building is owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the Department of Finance.

The lease for the East Block expired in early 2018. Xact was engaged to conduct a Cost Benefit Analysis to analyse lease options. Xact evaluated options, carried out market investigations, risk assessment on options, conducted financial analysis and provided evidence for recommendations made. Xact’s report provided the Archives with quantitative data and a cost analysis of recommendations. 

Xact Office Fitout

Xact Office Fitout

 Client   Xact Project Consultants
 Sector  Office
 Value  $600,000
 Timeframe     2016 - 2017
 Role  Project Manager

Xact relocated from Endeavour House in Manuka to a new office in the City Centre. The works involved a complete office fitout of approximately 400m² in an occupied multi-level complex.

The fitout included customised audio visual, security, electrical and mechanical works for an open office plan environment with multiple meeting rooms. The project also included the provision of a breakout area, kitchenette and collaboration spaces.

Xact worked collaboratively with the Managing Constructor to deliver the project within a tight timeframe.

Property Efficiency Program Cost Benefit Analysis

Property Efficiency Program Cost Benefit Analysis

 Client   Department of Finance
 Sector  Office
 Value  $11 million
 Size  51,000m2
 Timeframe     2016 - 2017
 Role  Property Consulting

In 2016, the Commonwealth Department of Finance initiated the National Property Efficiency Program (NPEP), with the Adelaide CBD selected as the pilot.

The goals of the NPEP were to maximise the potential of the Commonwealth’s negotiation position for accommodation leases by grouping agencies into clusters with similar lease expiry dates. The grouping would also provide an opportunity to reduce the total space required by allowing facilities such as meeting rooms and amenities to be shared between agencies.

The 22 agencies were occupying approximately 51,000m² in the Adelaide CBD and  were grouped into three clusters. Xact subsequently prepared a Cost Benefit Analysis on the preferred cluster of agencies.

New Campus Fitout

New Campus Fitout

 Client   Canberra Institute of Technology
 Sector  Education
 Value  $3 million
 Size  1,664mtotal
 Timeframe     2016
 Role  Principal's Authorised Person

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 CIT for the building owners, 151 Property. By mutual agreement between 151 Property and CIT, Xact was separately engaged by both CIT and Procurement and Capital Works as the Principa's Authorised Person to manage the fitout works concurrently with the base building works.

CIT’s new campus is spread over two floors and the design concept was to be the new benchmark for 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.

205 Anketell Street was previously utilised as office accommodation. In order for CIT to operate in the premises, the building owner needed to seek an amendment to the Crown Lease to obtain approval for an educational facility to be accommodated in the building.

The new fitout was carried out under a MW21 contract form where the contractor was responsible for the completion of CIT’s fitout design.

Activity Based Working Office Fitout, Department of Education and Training

Activity Based Working Office Fitout, Department of Education and Training

 Client   Department of Education and Training, and
 Shared Services Centre
 Sector  Office
 Value  $2.5 million
 Timeframe     2016
 Role  Project Manager

Two levels of 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City, were modified by the Shared Services Centre to accommodate staff from the Department of Education and Training.

The Department required an activity based working style fitout, maximising desk space while including a call centre facility, large multi-purpose collaboration spaces, conference rooms and senior executive offices.

Construction occurred within an occupied space, so it was necessary to stage delivery and monitor works carefully. Xact also assisted with change management activities, arising from their implementation of an activity based working style.

Dog Detector Facility Cost Benefit Analysis

Dog Detector Facility Cost Benefit Analysis

 Client   Department of Immigration and Border Protection
 Sector  Government Facility
 Timeframe     2016
 Role  Independent Advisory Services

This project examined the operational and functional and financial benefits of the new Dog Detector Facility in Sydney. This Facility would provide a solution to its long-term accommodation requirement. Xact was contracted to develop a business case and Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) to identify any financial implications through whole of life cash flow modelling and analyse / recommend the most viable options.

Xact assembled a highly skilled and experienced team to lead and manage a compelling business case which included the design, planning and costing process for four separate design and delivery options for the new Facility.

The first part of the project was to develop a detailed business case detailing financial scenarios and obtaining Government approval. This required Xact to identify and collect relevant information on the project background and to progressive develop the CBA document for DIBP review and consultation with the Department of Finance.

Xact has subsequently assisted DIBP with market testing and subsequent negotiations.

Emergency Services Station Relocation Feasibility

Emergency Services Station Relocation Feasibility

 Client   ACT Emergency Services Agency
 Sector  Government Facility
 Size  235m2
 Timeframe     2016
 Role  Independent Advisory Services

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) were requested to vacate the existing Business Continuity Communications Centre (BC Comcen) facility at Curtin.

The ESA investigated a number of relocation options and determined that the Hume Training Centre Precinct was the optimal location. The project involved the development of a detailed Feasibility Study for the relocation and establishment of the new ESA BC Comcen. The project also required the development of a Business Case and full GC21 documentation to facilitate an approach to market.

Xact were engaged by Procurement and Capital Works and the Justice and Community Services Directorate to prepare a detailed Feasibility Study, and subsequent Business Case, for the new BC Comcen at the Hume Training Centre Precinct. The Feasibility Study also included the development of a Functional Design Brief and Preliminary Sketch Plans.

 

Lease Cost Benefit Analysis

Lease Cost Benefit Analysis

 Client   National Archives of Australia
 Sector  Office
 Size  21,945m2
 Timeframe     2015 - 2018
 Role  Property Consulting

The National Archives' Chester Hill storage facility was purpose-built by the Australian Government between 1972 and 1975. It was subsequently sold with a leaseback that was due to expire with no option of renewal on 30 September 2018. The Archives needed to either negotiate a new lease of the facility or relocate to alternate premises. In accordance with the Department of Finance’s (Finance) Property Management Framework, a Cost Benefit Analysis was required to determine the best value for money solution.

For this specific project, the Analysis found that the best option was to negotiate a new long term lease of the existing premises in return for specific landlord upgrade works. This outcome was endorsed by Finance, allowing the Archives to proceed with negotiations for a new lease.

Asbestos Response Taskforce

Asbestos Response Taskforce

 Client   ACT Government
 Sector  Residential
 Value  $400 million
 Timeframe     2015 - 2017
 Role  Project and Program Manager

The Asbestos Response Taskforce was established by the ACT Government in June 2014 to provide 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 1,000 properties from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s.

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

DHS Channel Operations Facility

DHS Channel Operations Facility

 Client   Department of Human Services
 Sector  Office
 Value  $2.5 million
 Timeframe     2015 - 2016
 Role  Project Manager

The Department of Human Services (DHS) required refurbishment of the existing Channel Operations Facility (COF) at Caroline Chisholm Building. The COF was to expand, upgrade and consolidate its business disruption monitoring and management roles. The COF is a command centre set-up with a high-quality AV screen-wall. The COF has the capability to centrally monitor and manage service delivery operations for DHS. It provides a real-time view of performance, and the ability to measure the impact of changes and service interruptions. Existing audio visual systems had reached the end of their useful life and thus a major upgrade of the facility was required.

The adjoining Emergency Command Centre room also needed refurbishing to accommodate up to 15 people in a secure room with direct access to the COF. The works were carried out in a live office environment with minimal disruption to normal operations being a key requirement.

The new Audio Visual Display Wall was to be utilised by the business unit for tracking and displaying current events and operations and required a complete upgrade. The Wall comprised of 40 individual HD TV screens connected via fibre link to each workstation, with the capacity to display a range of coordination management information. The Wall was designed as a curve in order to provide visibility to all 27 service desks.

The Pines Residential Aged Care Facility

The Pines Residential Aged Care Facility

 Client   The Pines Living Pty Ltd
 Sector  Health and Aged Care, and Residential
 Value  $26 million
 Size  120 units
 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 at Farrer, ACT.

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.

Multipurpose Pavilion, Charles Sturt University

Multipurpose Pavilion, Charles Sturt University

 Client   Charles Sturt University
 Sector  Education
 Value  $1.25 million
 Size  206m2
 Timeframe     2015 - 2016
 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. The ACC&C is located on a five hectare site on the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Canberra Campus. Xact participated in the development of the original Master Plan for the ACC&C, including design management and delivery of George Browning House, completed in 2009.

The latest stage of development after George Browning House was the CSU Multipurpose Pavilion, which is 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 Pavilion incorporated a multi-purpose meeting room, supported by a kitchenette and staff amenities and joined by an entry lobby to the gardens beyond. The Pavilion is situated so as to take advantage of the natural beauty of the location. The early stages of the works involved demolition of the redundant administration buildings on the site of the new Pavilion.

DHS NDIA Co-location Refurbishment

DHS NDIA Co-location Refurbishment

 Client   Department of Human Services
 Sector  Office
 Value  $1.9 million
 Size  920m2
 Timeframe     2015 - 2016
 Role  Independent Advisory Services and Project Manager

From 2015, the offices of the National Disability Insurance Agency and Centrelink were to be co-located. As part of this nation-wide program, 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, to align with the DHS fitout guide and specifications.

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

Xact conducted a feasibility study which included detailed design and documentation, sub-consultant fee proposals and building compliance information. Xact proposed that the works be staged to ensure the service centre continued operating effectively during the period of the works.

Australian High Commission, Kiribati, Master Plan

Australian High Commission, Kiribati, Master Plan

 Client   Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 Sector  Residential
 Value  $18 million
 Timeframe     2015 - 2016
 Role  Advisory Services

The Australian High Commission in Kiribati is located on the main island of Tarawa, roughly halfway between Cairns and the Hawai’ian Islands. The Department of Foreign and Trade (DFAT) owns both government and residential buildings on the island, including a Chancery, Head of Mission's residence and DFAT staff residential dwellings.

The existing High Commission buildings were first constructed in the early 1980s and had deteriorated significantly due to the harsh conditions and difficulties with arranging maintenance work. The Chancery was expanding with more staff and needed to be updated to incorporate modern security requirements. The Chancery building required an expansion in order to accommodate up to ten additional staff. All new works were to be of high standard and quality and meet security requirements.

DFAT required investigation into potential opportunities including preparation of a Master Plan, noting that most of the existing buildings contained asbestos sheeting and/or insulation. It was proposed that the properties be replaced with up to five new houses with supporting recreational facilities. 

Department of Human Services, Centrelink Fitout

Department of Human Services, Centrelink Fitout

 Client   Department of Human Services
 Sector  Office
 Value  $1.8 million
 Size  1,400m2
 Timeframe     2015
 Role  Project Manager

The Department of Human Services fitout project of Morisset House, Queanbeyan NSW, involved a complete office fitout of 1,400m2. 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 regulations. In addition, the fitout required specific acoustic treatment, appropriate for operation as a call centre.

 

Lease Negotiations, The Treasury

Lease Negotiations, The Treasury

 Client   The Treasury
 Sector  Office
 Timeframe     2015
 Role  Property Consultant

Xact was engaged by The Treasury to assist in finalising lease negotiations for office accommodation in the Sydney CBD for the establishment of the newly formed Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH).

A suitable location had been selected at 68 Pitt Street, so the task was to negotiate the terms of the lease. The leasing issues were complicated by the fact the GIH was not a Commonwealth entity and so the usual requirements for guarantees and deposits would apply.

There was a high degree of urgency in completing lease documentation and execution so that fitout could proceed to meet GIH’s deadline.

Australian Sports Commission Capital Works Projects

Australian Sports Commission Capital Works Projects

 Client   Australian Sports Commission
 Sector  Public / Recreational Facility
 Value  $10 million
 Timeframe     2015
 Role  Project Manager

The 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 2014/15 financial year and the development of a Master Plan for the refurbishment and upgrade of the AIS arena.

Centrelink Call Centre Fitout, Queanbeyan

Centrelink Call Centre Fitout, Queanbeyan

 Client   Department of Human Services
 Sector  Office
 Value  $1.8 million
 Size  1,400m2
 Timeframe     2015
 Role  Project Manager

The Department of Human Services (DHS) fitout project of Morisset House, Queanbeyan, involved a complete office fitout of 1,400m2. 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 regulations. In addition, the fitout required specific acoustic treatment, appropriate for operation as a call centre.

Executive Office Fitout, Louisa Lawson Building

Executive Office Fitout, Louisa Lawson Building

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

This project involved the refurbishment of the existing waiting area and meeting room on Level 3 of the Louisa Lawson Building in Greenway, ACT into an executive work space. The completed works included refurbishment and installation of new workstations, services and furnishing within the new executive support / waiting area as well as the executive office.

Desk Maximisation, Caroline Chisholm Building

Desk Maximisation, Caroline Chisholm Building

 Client   Department of Human Services
 Sector  Office
 Value  $1 million
 Timeframe     2015
 Role  Project Manager

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

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

A more open plan office layout was required, and works included the addition of new workstations, removal of redundant offices and meeting rooms and the 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 the Department's operations.

Staged Upgrade Works, 205 Anketell Street, Greenway ACT

Staged Upgrade Works, 205 Anketell Street, Greenway ACT

 Client   151 Property
 Sector  Office
 Value  $3 million
 Size  5,833m2
 Timeframe     2014 - 2017
 Role  Property Consultant and Project Manager

In 2013, 151 Property acquired a portfolio of properties around Australia which included 205 Anketell Street, Greenway. Constructed in 1989, it was largely unoccupied and required refurbishment and upgrades to attract new tenants.

The first stage of the project included a 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 façade clean / repaint and external landscape improvements. All works were designed to ensure that the building met the National Construction Code and Disability Discrimination Act requirements, and the expectations of the current leasing market.

The project was delivered in three stages. The first stage involved the lift upgrade and cooling tower replacement and was completed in 2014. The second stage commenced in December 2015 and involved refurbishment works to the lower levels (ground and level 1) to accommodate a new tenant, Canberra Institute of Technology.

In 2017 the scope of the final stage was reduced to include bathroom refurbishments over three floors. The For Construction documentation had been completed in the first stage of the project in 2014. Efficiency, design and services updates were coordinated in a staged approach following demolition across each floor with the construction program.

New Office Park Development

New Office Park Development

 Client   Cromwell Property Group  
 Sector  Office
 Size  30,400m2
 Value  $130 million
 Timeframe     2014 - 2017
 Role  Advisory Services and Project Manager

Cromwell Property Group constructed a new 30,400m² office building at the Tuggeranong Office Park, adjacent to the existing office park which was constructed in the 1980s. The existing buildings are occupied by the Department of Social Services who entered into an Agreement for Lease to relocate into the new building which will house the Department's national headquarters.

The building comprises four above ground levels of office accommodation, a dedicated conference facility, breakout areas throughout the building, a commercial café, basement car park, specialised storage facilities and various modern amenities for including bicycle storage, change facilities and outdoor recreation areas.

Xact was engaged to assist Cromwell and their design team to prepare a response to the Department's approach to open market. When Cromwell were selected as the Preferred Tenderer Xact continued to be involved in the project, firstly by assisting with the negotiations to finalise an Agreement for Lease and then by providing ongoing advice and assistance to the team during the design and construction phase.

Australian Embassy, Washington DC, Property Analysis

Australian Embassy, Washington DC, Property Analysis

 Client   Overseas Property Office of the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 Sector  Office
 Value  Options to US$100 million
 Size  12,000m2
 Timeframe     2014
 Role  Property Consulting

The Australian Embassy to the United States of America (the Washington Chancery building) is located in the heart of Washington DC’s CBD, less than one kilometre from the White House and within the three kilometre 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, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 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. Numerous options were considered including refurbishment of the existing facilities, permanent relocation to a new leased or owned site and/or redevelopment on the existing site.

Canberra College Cares New Education Facilities

Canberra College Cares New Education Facilities

 Client   ACT Shared Services Procurement on behalf of
 ACT Education and Training Directorate
 Sector  Education
 Value  $12 million
 Size  2,622m2
 Timeframe     2014
 Role  Principal's Authorised Person

Canberra College Cares Program endeavours to provide a best practice model for pregnant and parenting students to access education in the ACT. The Program 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 and is a world first for this type of facility.

This project involved the construction of a purpose-built facility on vacant land at the existing Canberra College campus. The facility, while physically independent of the existing College, is integrated into the existing College.

New Headquarters Accommodation, Department of Veterans Affairs

New Headquarters Accommodation, Department of Veterans Affairs


 Client   Department of Veterans' Affairs 
 Sector  Office
 Size  11,500m2
 Value  $20 million
 Timeframe     2013 - 2016
 Role  Property Consultant 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.

Following the Department of Finance’s endorsement of the Cost Benefit Analaysis to market test the requirement, the expressions of interest responses were used as the basis to negotiate occupancy in the Australian Taxation Office’s building in Canberra's CBD under a Memorandum of Understanding. By planning to take occupancy in late 2015 a generous period was allowed for DVA to make good and terminate the Lovett Tower lease.

Health and Infrastructure Program, Staging and Decanting Works

Health and Infrastructure Program, Staging and Decanting Works

 Client   ACT Shared Services Procurement
 On behalf of ACT Health
 Sector  Health and Aged Care
 Value  $35 million
 Timeframe     2013 - 2015
 Role  Principal's Authorised Person and Project Manager

The ACT's Health Infrastructure Program allocated $1 billion over 10 years for capital infrastructure works designed to meet future health demands in the ACT. A major element of the Program was the redevelopment and upgrade of campus-wide infrastructure at the Canberra Hospital. The Staging and Decanting project was part of those activities and was a key enabling activity.

The project involved two major milestones:
Staging and Decanting Works
Demolition of spaces, fitouts of wards, health services and administrative spaces, and relocation to facilitate the complete decant of Building 3. This enabled the demolition of the building to prepare for the construction of a new major clinical facility.

Paediatric Streaming Works
Refurbishment of an area of the Emergency Department to create a separate waiting area and reception for paediatric patients and families accessing these hospital services.

The major challenge was to ensure the operation of the hospital was not interrupted by the Staging and Decanting works, in particular critical services provided by the Emergency Department.

Base Building Refurbishment

Base Building Refurbishment

 Client   Knight Frank on behalf of
 Fawkner Property Pty Ltd
 Sector  Office
 Value  $1.3 million
 Timeframe     2013 - 2014
 Role  Project Manager

1 Farrell Place was an existing building of 5,000m2 incorporating a ground floor and seven above-ground levels. The building owner had previously undertaken limited upgrade works to the facade and the ground floor entry lobby.

In continuation of the upgrade work, the whole floor of level seven was refurbished and the toilets, showers and lift lobby walls on all other floors were upgraded and refurbished.

New Office Fitout, Australian Financial Security Authority

New Office Fitout, Australian Financial Security Authority

 Client   Australian Financial Security Authority
 Sector  Office
 Value  $3 million
 Size  2,150m2
 Timeframe     2013
 Role  Project Manager

In early 2013, Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) entered into a lease of new premises at 4 National Circuit, Barton ACT, which has a 5 Green Star 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 design achieved 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.

 

Trade Training Centre New Facilities

Trade Training Centre New Facilities

 Client   ACT Shared Services Procurement on behalf of
 ACT Education and Training Directorate
 Sector  Education
 Value  $2.7 million total
 Size  780mtotal
 Timeframe     2013 - 2014
 Role  Project Manager and 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 following a tender process conducted by ACT Shared Services Procurement. The contract for each training centre was awarded to separate builders, with the form of contract being an amended version of AS2124-1992.

Health Infrastructure Program, Risk Management and Systems Advisor

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  Independent Advisory Services

The ACT Government has embarked upon the Health Infrastructure Program (HIP), a program to overhaul and expand all aspects of the ACT Health Directorate 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 were expected to be in excess of $1 billion. The HIP included redevelopment of the existing Canberra Hospital campus as well as new facilities at other locations around Canberra.

The challenge was to develop the risk management plans when the procurement processes for the projects had already commenced, meaning treating risks was in many cases urgent and required senior management attention.

High Court of Australia Western Forecourt Replacement

High Court of Australia Western Forecourt Replacement

 Client   High Court of Australia
 Sector  Government Facility
 Value  $1.4 million
 Size  990m2
 Timeframe     2013 - 2014
 Role  Project Manager and Superintendent

The forecourt area adjacent to the main entry of the High Court had deteriorated to be in a 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.

Fyshwick Childcare Centre Extension and Upgrades

Fyshwick Childcare Centre Extension and Upgrades

 Client   ACT Shared Services Procurement on behalf of
 ACT Education and Training Directorate
 Sector  Education
 Value  $1.3 million
 Size  1400m2
 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 and was passed to the Education and Training Directorate 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 the Centre staff was consequently of paramount concern.

After a process of replanning the staging and programming of works, including temporary onsite 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.

CPA Australia Office Refurbishment and Fitout

CPA Australia Office Refurbishment and Fitout

 Client   CPA Australia
 Sector  Office
 Value  $900,000
 Timeframe     2013
 Role  Project Manager

CPA Australia undertook a rebranding exercise which included constructing new fitouts for their offices nationally and internationally to present a consistent global look and feel for their membership. The lead interior designer for all fitouts was Melbourne based firm Geyer.

The fitout was styled with high end quality finishes and furniture and comprised a reception, members’ touch-down, 63-person training room, catering kitchen, members’ tea room, council conference room, back of house areas, open plan office space, meeting rooms, collaborative hub, staff kitchen and utility areas.

Fitout works required modification of base building services, in particular services for the catering kitchen and training room. Additionally, substantial floor levelling was required to cater for hard floor surfaces, operable walls and feature pivot doors.

Monument to Australian Humanitarian Aid Workers

Monument to Australian Humanitarian Aid Workers

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

The Monument to Australian Humanitarian Aid Workers is a gift from the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture (ACC&C) to the citizens of Canberra to mark the occasion of the Centenary of Canberra, honouring the memory of the 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 ACT campus. Xact was engaged by the University to manage the design and construction of the memorial element.

Canberra Avenue Bus Transit Way

Canberra Avenue Bus Transit Way

 Client   ACT Shared Services Procurement on behalf of
 Territory and Municipal Services Directorate
 (now Transport Canberra and City Services)
 Sector  Infrastructure
 Value  $7.6 million
 Size  2.1km
 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 was 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 achieved an enhanced urban design outcome for the Canberra Avenue road corridor.

Xact was engaged as the lead consultant and project manager of a multi-disciplinary team of sub-consultants, with overall responsibility for design, document and construction of the project.