Managing defects for a new campus-style complex
This project involved the redevelopment of the Emergency Services Complex at Kedron, Brisbane as a result of implications caused from the development of the Airport Link Tunnel project. The Tunnel project resulted in a loss of 5,000m² of space for the Department and an exhaustive space study to determine the consolidation of functions, utilisation of space and planning for future growth was undertaken.
A campus environment for staff
The project entailed the construction of two buildings totalling 6,200m² of space to house the Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire & Rescue Services combined Communication Centre coupled with an enhanced Disaster Management centre. The buildings were nestled in amongst the existing buildings and were designed to create a campus style environment for staff. This was complemented by the extensive landscaping that was undertaken to provide informal outdoor areas for meetings and collaboration zones for staff.
An award-winning development
Goves Project Management was engaged as consultants to provide project management, change management and relocation management services to the development. The $75m project was delivered successfully within time and financial budgets and subsequently won the Queensland State Architectural Award in the Public Infrastructure category. The overall result was a delivery of a state-of-the-art facility incorporating best practice technology for emergency/disaster management services and providing an integrated and aesthetically pleasing and de-stressing environment for workers.
Better control over defects
Using the ACCEDE defects management system provided a host of benefits right from the outset of the project:
- Precise and targeted control of defects from very early stage (during bulk and detailed excavation)
- Considerable time-saving in recording and closing out of defects eliminating the need to initially record defects on paper and then re-enter on a spreadsheet
- Overall reduction in costs as this part of a project is normally time-consuming and, therefore, expensive
- Better control and direction over the builder with regards to the recording, ongoing follow-up and close out of defects
- Much-improved effectiveness in identifying and managing sub-contractor defect responsibilities
- Ease of use and portability of the system was extremely useful on a large and complex site
- Improved cooperation with the builder as they were happy to use the system finding it beneficial in helping them to close out defects with subcontractors
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