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Alder breaks into Brisbane CBD

Gold Coast based Alder Constructions continues to expand its geographical footprint in south east Queensland, being awarded its first ever project in the Brisbane CBD.

Works are set to commence on the façade refurbishment of the Oaks Lexicon Apartments, on the corner of Ann and Wharf Street, this week.

This adds to the privately owned company’s string of active construction projects, located between Mermaid Beach and Mooloolaba and out to Beaudesert,

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says breaking into the Brisbane CBD with a hotel refurbishment is a solid way to start the year, with close to $65 million worth of key infrastructure projects also currently underway or recently completed.

“Our expanding list of critical infrastructure work includes high priority projects for local Councils, State Government and private developers, ranging from state of the art community facilities to significant road and bridge upgrades,” he said.

“We have worked with five Councils across the south east, leveraging our building and civil infrastructure capabilities and are preparing for more of this kind of work for the year ahead.”

Alder Constructions, now in its 15th year, has recently delivered the upgrade and extension to The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre, which officially open later this month.

The $4.7 million venture is an initiative of the Logan City Council and the state government and will feature a fully enclosed indoor heated pool so the facility can function year round.

“The project is part of the Council’s Active Logan Strategy, designed with a vision to build an active and healthy community,” Mr Cheffers said.

“We are building a children’s splashpad, finished with a decorative bright and colourful non slip spraypave, with fun interactive aquatic toys such as sprayers and in-ground geysers that will keep children of all ages entertained for hours.

“It will also provide excellent facilities for people with disabilities and incorporate the latest safety features.”

Alder Constructions recently completed construction of the Mooloolaba Walk and Ride Bridge – a joint initiative with the Sunshine Coast Council and Queensland Government.

“Built across the environmentally sensitive marine area of the Mayes Canal, we had to use innovative methodologies while adhering to strict environmental requirements,” Mr Cheffers said.

“The 66m, three span bridge separates pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles on Brisbane Road and has become an entry statement into Mooloolaba with architectural and decorative features.”

Construction is well underway on the $5 million Yawalpah Road upgrade at Pimpama, a significant upgrade to a 1km stretch of road that currently caters to an estimated 20,000 vehicles a day.

“The upgrade of the existing undivided single lane to dual median divided carriageway will service the new residential development Gainsborough Greens in Pimpama and provide access to the new Homemaker Centre,” Mr Cheffers said.

“Due for mid-2019 completion locals will benefit from two new signalled intersections, street lighting, new footpaths, and cycle lanes.”

Alder Constructions completed an upgrade to the Jinker Track and Bunya Road intersection in late 2018. Mr Cheffers says the $1.7 million upgrade was identified as key road transport infrastructure under the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s current planning scheme.

“We were delighted when Moreton Bay Regional Council entrusted us with the delivery of the challenging Jinker Track intersection upgrade project,” he said.

“Transforming the Jinker Track and Bunya Road intersection into a signal-controlled intersection under heavy traffic control with minimal commuter disruption was no mean feat, and it has made a significant difference to the area already and will cater for population growth for years to come.”


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Alder Lands STEM Project

A brand new, architecturally designed Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facility is to be constructed at Indooroopilly’s Brigidine College.

Alder Constructions has been appointed to build the $11.75 million building at the Catholic girls school, adding to its growing portfolio of cutting edge education facilities at schools across South East Queensland.

This the first education tender for a new build in the Greater Brisbane CBD area that the Gold Coast based construction company has been awarded.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says the new four level building is scheduled to open late 2019.

“This project will involve the removal of an existing demountable building and the car park at the corner of Fairley and Campus Streets, making way for a new four level building,” he said.

“The building comprises two levels of car parking, class rooms, science labs, storage rooms, a tiered seminar room, staff offices, student and staff amenities, rooftop mechanical plant and an external amphitheatre.  Architecturally, the building is conceived as having ‘bookends’ with classrooms that open up to the open space and street.  A solar photovoltaic roof will provide energy to the building, with a naturally-ventilated corridor, and louvred glazing allowing air flow across the building.”

Alder Constructions is working closely with Property and Infrastructure Consultants APP to deliver the project on time and on budget.

Designed by Blight Rayner, the progressive building has been designed with innovative spaces to foster knowledge in STEM subjects.

“There’s been a big push to boost the engagement and participation of girls and women in STEM education, with the federal government committing $4.5 million to the initiative,” Mr Cheffers said.

“Schools are continuously having to set new standards and new levels of innovation, to keep up with constantly evolving technology trends, and progressive learning spaces are imperative to engage today’s students.  With such unique design features, it’s important to appoint builders with a strong reputation in the education space.”

Over the past 12 months Alder Constructions has successfully delivered multiple progressive education projects. These include ‘The Pod’ at Coomera Anglican College, The Southport School Multi-Purpose Hall at the preparatory campus, and A.B. Paterson’s new $13 million state-of-the-art learning precinct, currently under construction.

With the official sod-turning ceremony held on 08 February, attended by former Brigidine student and company namesake Chantel Alder, College staff and Stakeholders, construction is now set to commence.

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Mo’ money for men’s health

For the month of November, Alder Constructions delivered a strong turn-out and much enthusiasm for our Movember campaign to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, mental well being and suicide prevention. Our guys and girls donned their best tashes and walking shoes to raise $2,627 and walk a massive 121.5km! We certainly enjoyed the journey and support from our friends, family, colleagues, valued clients and subcontractors so until next year!

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Celebrating 15 years!

Alder Constructions is celebrating 15 years of sustained growth as the business continues to diversify and expand its operations across South-East Queensland.

The company started from humble beginnings, based out of founder and Managing Director Greg Alder’s Gold Coast residence in 2003. Today, Alder has a workforce of over 60, and has delivered over 200 successful construction projects across the south east.

Greg prides himself on the steady and controlled growth of the company and has maintained his workforce through tough economic times. After 16 years working for a Tier 1 company prior to establishing Alder Constructions, Greg says he was driven to build a company with the horsepower and professionalism of a Tier 1 company that maintained the ‘family business feel’.

“Culture is so important, it’s the cornerstone of a successful business with longevity,” he said.

“I was determined to move away from the large corporate structure where staff are just a number. Our staff form the backbone of the company’s 15 years of success. Our ability to deliver cutting edge, revolutionary projects in a range of sectors while maintaining our family feel is a testament to having the right people.”

Current General Manager Dean Cheffers joined the team within the first six months of operation. This was a big move for Dean, who was in the early stages of building his career as an Engineer.

“It was daunting to join a start up at that stage in my career but we are now 15 years down the track, so it was a leap well worth taking,” he said.

“In the early days, the challenge was acquiring projects through tendering because the brand was unknown in the market. Greg’s strategy was to target projects in prominent locations in the Gold Coast and over time, people started recognising the brand, and associating it with high quality projects.

“We went after the logistically challenging and technical projects that many others would shy away from. We have tackled diverse projects across a range of industries from industrial land subdivision through to state of the art education precincts and waterfront apartments, which is reflected in our company values – Innovative, Diverse and Genuine.”

The team outgrew the home operation in 2006 and transitioned to an industrial unit in Biggera Waters. Eight years later, the company made a strategic move to a prominent position on Siganto Drive at Helensvale, building a $4.5million headquarters. Alder Constructions took out a Master Builder’s regional, state and national awards in 2015 for the design and construction of ‘Alder Place’.

“From our home base on the Gold Coast we have expanded to other regions in the south-east showcasing our capabilities to new clients and local government authorities,” Greg said.

“Alder has delivered a range of residential, education, commercial, industrial and key infrastructure projects between Tweed Heads and Mooloolaba and as far west as Warwick.

“We have delivered key pieces of infrastructure on behalf of multiple Councils across South East Queensland, State and Federal Government as well as private developers and clients.”

With both building and civil infrastructure capabilities, Alder has successfully completed iconic projects including the Seaway Jetty, the Gold Coast Turf Club, the Tweed River Art Gallery, Gold Coast Hockey Centre and part of the Gold Coast Desalination Plant Project.

Alder has also established itself as a leader in the private and independent education sector.

“We have delivered multiple progressive education projects including the award winning learning centre known as ‘The Pod’ at Coomera Anglican College, The Southport School Multi-Purpose Hall, and the Emmanuel College Auditorium,” Greg said.

“We are currently constructing A.B. Paterson’s new $13 million state-of-the-art learning precinct, which set a new benchmark for educational facilities in Queensland.”

Greg’s vision for the future of the company was to generate its own work and create a self-sustainable business. As such, the organisation has evolved into an agile development and construction business which is innovative, genuine, diverse, resourceful, and collaborative.

“Alder Developments has now been operating in its own right for four years and generating a stream of work for both the civil and building arms of Alder Constructions,” Greg said.

“Aura Apartments at Varsity Lakes was Alder Developments’ flagship residential project and was a sell-out success.

“Our current portfolio includes land holdings of 65ha across the Gold Coast and Logan, with a key land holding at Pimpama on the M1.”

Alder Developments is currently delivering 11ha of High Impact zoned land at Yatala known as Aspire Industrial Park. Works are also underway on Spanns Road, a 2.36ha site zoned for mixed-use in Beenleigh.


As we celebrate 15 years, a very special mention goes out to our 10+ club – Dean Cheffers, Terry Smith, Nick Gardiner, Shane Pelczer, Rob Odgers and Gavin Consadine.

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Modern architecture redefines the way school children learn

Innovative architecture is redefining the way school children learn, putting student experience at the forefront of design.

Burling Brown Architects Director Brian Kidd says Architects are leading a whole new era in education by creating innovative, progressive learning spaces designed to engage today’s students.

The Gold Coast based practice, Burling Brown, has been planning, designing and managing architectural projects in the education sector since 1972.

Mr Kidd says the demands of 21st century education have compelled schools to set cutting edge new design benchmarks, positioning education as an emerging market place for architects.

“Design briefs have evolved so significantly over the years in response to the constant evolution and advancement of technology and the burgeoning nature of the Independent School System,” he said.

“30 years ago, school fees and budgets were tight and as a consequence facility design were less elaborate.

“Where a simple shed once would have sufficed for an arts or sports facility, schools are now giving architects university style complex briefings, and the interior fitouts are now far more technical and complex in nature. There’s been a huge shift in expectations and specialised learning spaces and architectural features are in such high demand they are now driving enrolments particularly in the Independent and Private School sector.”

Independent school enrolments in Queensland increased by nearly 2,000, or 1.7%, from 2017 to 2018. This is the highest annual increase in recent years and nearly double the rate experienced from 2016 to 2017.

“Approximately one third of school age children in Australia are enrolled in the Independent and Private School systems and this is increasing each year. The statistics are even higher on the Gold Coast and with six to eight schools within a 10 to 12km radius in some suburbs, there is incredible competition,” Mr Kidd said.

“Private and Independent schools find themselves competing for enrolments and this free market is driving the demand for high end learning spaces now more than ever before.

“These days, parents are looking for far more from a school than its reputation, scholastic achievements or sporting programs. Parents are expecting schools to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) facilities, senior learning centres, and multi-functional spaces with high quality finishes and full integration and overlay of 21st century technology.”

Mr Kidd added that architects are continuously having to set new standards and new levels of innovation, in line with constantly evolving technology trends, to engage today’s students.

“We will soon see virtual and augmented reality, robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting and drones as the norm, and schools are identifying the need to have facilities flexible enough to move and adapt to change,” he said.

“Coomera Anglican College is a prime example – the school provided a complex and innovative brief which inspired The Pod – a complete sensory learning space and is without doubt, one of Queensland’s most immersive new learning facilities.”

‘The Pod’ saw an integrated and collaborative partnership between Coomera Anglican College, Burling Brown, and Gold Coast construction company Alder Constructions.

“The Pod utilises contemporary and progressive architectural principles, construction methods and materials,” Mr Kidd said.

“The facility features extraordinary shapes, curves and voids, showcasing a 360 degree amphitheatre for virtual and augmented reality learning. Features like writable walls, retractable AV and 3D printer cabinetry create a minimal yet futuristic design.

“With such unique design features, it’s important that we appoint builders with a strong reputation in the education space, and demonstrated ability to deliver impeccable quality of finishes, on time and on budget.”

The collaboration proved highly successful with Alder Constructions winning the 2018 Master Builders Gold Coast Housing and Construction Award for education facilities valued up to $10 million

A.B. Paterson College is another highly progressive school that spent years developing the concept for its $13 million state-of-the-art learning precinct. The College has also engaged Burling Brown and Alder Constructions to deliver the cutting-edge new facility at Arundel, which is currently under construction.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says A.B. Paterson’s new learning precinct will be a showstopper with well-researched education spaces designed to foster a positive environment for modern learning.

“The first floor will feature a magical rainforest-themed playground, three Pre-Prep classrooms, an Outside School Hours Care facility, a café and film studio,” he said.

“The upper levels will house a library, flexible learning spaces and 160-seat multi-purpose lecture theatre equipped with retractable seating, acoustics panels, and a fully sprung floor.”

The Southport School Preparatory Campus also collaborated with Alder Constructions and Burling Brown Architects on the delivery of its $6.5 million Multi-Purpose Auditorium and Sports Hall.

“The Prep School Multi-Purpose Hall, was one of the most progressive facilities for learning and teaching that TSS Prep has ever undertaken,” Mr Cheffers said.

“Electronically controlled sports equipment and retractable AV has been integrated into the ceiling to create a minimal, uncluttered and dynamic design. It allows the whole school to come together in an acoustically and thermally treated space for assemblies, chapels and celebrations, and provides options for alternative learning spaces when the modern curriculum requires more than a standard classroom can offer.”

Mr Kidd says technology has fundamentally altered the way we interact with the spaces in which we learn, work and live, and has ultimately influenced the way 21st century children learn.

“Today, modern educational spaces must address not only the academic needs of the students but also their innate curiosity and creativity. It is our job to create spaces that kids want to be in, to foster a positive environment for learning.”

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New appointment bolsters Alder’s expansion plans

Gold Coast based construction company Alder Constructions has appointed Ian Savage as its Building Manager, as part of an overall growth strategy.

Alder Constructions will continue to expand its operations across south east Queensland, with Mr Savage responsible for the procurement of new projects, with a focus on client relationship development.

“Alder has been on a steady, controlled, and continual growth path, with a diverse range of active projects across many industry sectors,” he said.

“As the business continues to expand into new regions across the south east, I will be overseeing the execution of many of these projects, to ensure they are financially successful for all stakeholders, and delivered in line with client requirements, to HSEQ standards.

“A key part of my role will be the identification and procurement of suitable new projects to meet turnover and profitability lead indicators, to help the business to build upon this growth.”

Mr Savage brings 32 years of industry experience in commercial, multi-storey residential, retail, industrial, defence, education and infrastructure projects working within Tier 1 contacting firms. He was transferred from New Zealand in 2012 with a multinational company, specifically to project manage a $300 million commercial project in Brisbane.

More recently, he held the position of National Construction Manager and Infrastructure Business Unit Manager within a nationally operating business.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says Mr Savage will play a key role in leading and mentoring the building team from cadets to project managers.

“Our current workforce of 54 is the backbone of the company’s 15 years of success and our ability to deliver cutting edge, revolutionary projects in a range of sectors while maintaining our family feel is a testament to having the right people,” he said.

“We are currently in a growth phase of the business, and Ian’s appointment has been timely.

“Ian is a strong leader with fantastic people skills who provides a collaborative management style approach to his staff. He brings a wealth of experience in a range of roles across a broad spectrum of projects that fits in with our business model and the diversity of our projects.”

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Winner for education on the coast

Alder Constructions has been recognised at the 2018 Master Builders Gold Coast Housing and Construction Awards, for its work on one of the city’s most immersive new learning facilities, ‘The Pod’.

The Gold Coast construction company has taken out the education facilities award for projects valued up to $10 million, for its future-focused Primary Learning Resource Centre at Coomera Anglican College.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers said the $4.5 million development, completed last January, had to tick ‘outside of’ several boxes to achieve its futuristic vision.

“The Pod is one of a kind, featuring extraordinary shapes, curves and voids, showcasing a 360 degree amphitheatre for virtual and augmented reality learning,” he said.

“The acoustics-led architecture amplifies a pin drop in the amphitheatre while minimising sound in breakout spaces. Features like writable walls, retractable AV and 3D printer cabinetry create a minimal and uncluttered design where the latest technology is invisibly packed away to maximise space.

“The distinctive building also features a circular room surrounded by switchable glass which turns clear to opaque at the touch of a button, and multiple learning and collaborative common spaces.”

Alder collaborated with Burling Brown Architects and Coomera Anglican College to create the sensory space which places it front and centre of future learning.

“We have constructed a facility which caters to students’ needs in a rapidly changing digital landscape,” Mr Cheffers said.

“Technology should be central to all new designs today because it’s so ingrained in every aspect of life and has fundamentally altered the way we interact with the spaces around us.

“In a world where education is already starting to see virtual and augmented reality, robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting and drones as the set standard, the goal was to create a customised learning facility flexible enough to adapt to change and address current technological advances.

‘The Pod is a first for any educational facility in Australia and we are completely thrilled to win this award which recognises a future-focused vision.”

Alder’s partnership with Burling Brown Architects has seen it complete multiple leading developments like the TSS Multi-Purpose Auditorium and Sports Hall, which it also entered into the awards.

The companies have started construction on A.B. Paterson’s $13 million learning precinct which combines similar state-of-the-art features to enhance digital learning and collaboration in a technology-focused world.

Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards recognise members at the forefront of building innovation and quality craftsmanship, promoting and showcasing excellence in Queensland’s housing and construction industry.

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