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The York Prepares for Construction

Beenleigh is set for an almost $40m economic and jobs boom with construction of a new mixed-use precinct at 96-98 York Street about to begin.

With investLogan and Alder Developments receiving development approval from the State Government and local Council, Alder Constructions are set to commence on site in April.

The York development will feature a facelift to John Lane, between John and George Streets, plus the construction of a new seven-storey commercial office building.

The 4,750 sqm of commercial space, will include 156 sqm of retail, 452 sqm of SOHO and 4,004 sqm of office, as well as two levels of underground car parking with 10 short term car parks for public use.  The York will also combine premium work space with ‘Small Office, Home Office’ (SOHO) opportunities and pedestrian access to John Lane that may include new pavements, lighting, public art and WiFi.

The built form of the development will pay tribute to Beenleigh’s rich history, urban structure and rural setting in both building form, colour and materials. The development is designed to provide a modern interpretation of the distinctive character of Beenleigh’s historic buildings with elements like the ‘winter‐gardens’ protecting the street like an awning, whilst enabling passive surveillance of the active spaces and streetscape.

The first new commercial office building to be constructed in Beenleigh in the last decade, the multi-million dollar project is expected to bring 140 new full-time jobs and 100 construction jobs to the area.

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Playing our part in building gender equality

With the 2020 International Women’s Day theme #EachforEqual inviting us to be responsible for our own thoughts and actions and actively choosing to challenge stereotypes and bias, broaden our perceptions and celebrate women’s achievements, Alder Constructions describes how culture plays a part in building gender equality, particularly in the construction industry.

With the door open to women wanting a start in construction, an increasing number of focused industry organisations have also moved in, to celebrate, to support, and to provide guidance to the women in construction as they navigate new ground. The result is a workplace environment conducive for women to not only participate in, but to flourish, and a positive step in the right direction towards gender equality in the construction industry.

Alder is one company that has embraced women in construction. From project delivery and development to marketing, finance and human resources, we pride ourselves on offering an inclusive workplace that sees men and women working alongside each other in a diverse range of roles.

Our General Manager, Dean Cheffers says gender diversity within the construction industry begins with culture, and this is what needs to change in order for the number of women in construction to increase and equality occur.

“For more women to want to take up careers in construction gender diversity must be supported by not only men in the industry, but women as well in order to change the culture from that of a male-dominated one to a gender-neutral environment”.

Many industry organisations have great initiatives specifically for women in the industry that not only create networking opportunities and mentoring programs but they also enable women to be prepared and get ahead in their careers.  The next step is for businesses in construction to identify and celebrate good behaviours that mirror theses efforts to first increase gender diversity, and in the long run, gender equality in the construction industry.

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End of an era

Alder Constructions says farewell to Terry Smith as he retires from a long and rewarding career in the civil infrastructure industry.

Terry commenced his career working as a surveyor around the NSW Central Coast in the early 80’s. Terry gradually progressed his way through various positions within the industry, working with consultancies and construction firms, across a broad range of civil based construction before moving to QLD, working as a civil Project Manager.

After relocating to QLD, Terry originally worked at ‘Civilcon’ in the early 90’s, before becoming a Director at ‘Joblin Constructions’, which then became became ‘Joblin and Smith’. This company specialised in structural concrete work, sewer pumping stations, reservoirs, treatment plants, tunnels and concrete tilt panels. Terry left ‘Joblin and Smith’ at the start of the new millennium to join ‘Neumann Contractors’ in the role of Gold Coast region manager, working very closely with the Neumann family.

After working alongside Greg Alder of Alder Construction on a number of projects, Terry left Neumann Contractors in 2007, to become the Civil Manager at Alder Constructions, where he has remained ever since for the past 12 years.

Notable projects within QLD that Terry has been directly involved with include:

  • Brisbane International Airport Terminals
  • The Observatory Subdivision
  • Robina to Varsity Lakes Rail Extension
  • Gateway Motorway Extensions and Upgrades
  • Coomera Watersports Lake
  • Hinze Dam Upgrades
  • Robina Reservoir
  • Gold Coast Desalination Plant
  • Sextons Hill Road Upgrade at Terranora (Tweed, NSW)

Those who have worked with Terry at Alder Constructions have always had great respect for him as a leader and mentor and he will be missed. Terry has pushed our team to achieve more than they thought was capable, providing invaluable support and encouragement over the 12 years he has been with Alder. We also want to congratulate Terry on receiving the 2020 Presidents’ Award from Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Limited (CCFQLD) for his contribution to our industry.

 

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New appointment to boost expansion into NSW

Alder Constructions has appointed Marty Brennan as the New South Wales Regional Manager to spearhead the company’s planned growth in the New South Wales region.

The Gold Coast-based construction company will increase its focus on the New South Wales region with a satellite office located in Northern New South Wales and Mr Brennan’s leading the expansion.

Mr Brennan comes to Alder Constructions with many years of experience having guided construction and development companies such as Ballina-based Bennett Constructions and Kenlynn Properties Australia with great success.

Drawing on his extensive experience in the region, Mr Brennan will work closely with the general manager and Alder Constructions’ building team and be responsible for all NSW operations including the procurement of work, development and management of the local project team and oversee the delivery of construction projects in the region.

“Restructuring and modernising along with innovation and creativity have been the key drivers of my career to date,” said Mr Brennan. “I strive to always be on the frontline of technologies and methodologies in order to provide the best outcomes for the business and its stakeholders and I look forward to leading Alder’s growth in the Southern State.”

Alder Constructions general manager Dean Cheffers says having a dedicated and experienced resource in New South Wales will help Alder to capitalise on the opportunities in this fast growing region.

“Mr Brennan brings strong business acumen to Alder, demonstrated by his long tenure at Bennett Constructions as general manager where he grew the business from circa $25 million turnover to circa $75 million turnover,” said Mr Cheffers.

“Utilising his long-standing presence and knowledge of the Northern New South Wales region, Marty will act as our representative to develop key relationships with clients in this area of focus.”

Key projects Mr Brennan has worked on to date in northern NSW include Elements of Byron, Ballina Coast High School, Tweed District Hospital, Lennox Heads Community Centre, Lismore City Hall, Lighthouse Beach Surf Club. Other key projects include Novotel Brisbane Airport and the Boondall Entertainment Centre.

Alder Constructions boasts a strong workforce of industry professionals who can be credited for the company’s success story spanning 16-years and their ability to deliver cutting edge, revolutionary projects in a range of sectors while maintaining a family feel.  Founded in 2003, Alder Constructions, which has building and civil infrastructure capabilities, has completed a range of residential, education, commercial, industrial and key infrastructure projects between Tweed Heads and Mooloolaba and west to Toowoomba.

 

Published Gold Coast Bulletin 15 February 2020

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First look at new STEM building

Construction is powering ahead on the $11.75 million Science, Technology and Mathematics facility at Indooroopilly’s Brigidine College.

The four-level architecturally-designed building, being built by Gold Coast-based Alder Constructions, is expected to be completed early 2020. The internal fit-out on levels two and three are currently underway, with facade works about to commence.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says the facility is yet another addition to the firm’s growing portfolio of state-of-the-art education facilities at schools across South East Queensland.  “The project signifies the first education tender for a new build in the Greater Brisbane CBD area that Alder Constructions has been awarded and we are proud to be working on yet another cutting-edge educational facility,” said Mr Cheffers.

“This progressive building has been specifically designed to create innovative spaces that will not only be enjoyable to learn in for decades to come but will foster a love, interest, and knowledge in STEM subjects.  The building features many considered design elements including a solar photovoltaic roof to provide energy to the building, naturally-ventilated corridors, and louvered glazing allowing for increased natural ventilation across the building.”

The purpose-built facility offers a rooftop mechanical plant and external amphitheatre along with classrooms that open up to the local streetscape and surrounding open spaces. Two levels of car parking space, classrooms, science labs, storage rooms, a tiered seminar room, staff offices, along with student and staff amenities are also included in the design. Brigidine College collaborated with Blight Rayner to design the building which is set to be one of the most outstanding STEM learning resources in South East Queensland.

The project, which commenced in February involved the removal of an existing demountable building and the carpark at the corner of Fairley and Campus Streets.

Over the past 18 months, Alder Constructions has successfully delivered multiple progressive education projects including A.B. Paterson’s new $13 million state-of-the-art learning precinct, ‘The Pod’ at Coomera Anglican College, and The Southport School Multi-Purpose Hall at the preparatory campus.

Alder Constructions is continuing to expand across South East Queensland with the firm completing the refurbishment of the Oaks Lexicon Apartments facade in Brisbane City earlier this year. Work is currently underway at the Energy Queensland Stafford Depot where earthworks, underground infrastructure, and services installation have been completed, and the ground and level one slab concrete pour is expected to be completed by Christmas.

Published: Gold Coast Bulletin 29 Nov 2019

 

Alder Constructions treated a group of inquisitive year 8 students and teachers to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of their newest building.  The students asked all the tough questions and learnt about how the curved walls were formed and how each concrete floor was poured.

 

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Major investment in safe Gold Coast waterways

A major upgrade to the Gold Coast’s Sand Bypass System jetty will ensure sand continues to be pumped northward keeping the Seaway open for the recreation, tourism and marine industries.

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority is investing about $3.35 million in the project which will enable critical maintenance works to be carried out effectively and safely on the System’s jet pumps.

CEO Hal Morris said the upgrade is essential as the pumps are the powerhouse of the Sand Bypass System’s operations.

“The pumps suck up sand from the seabed beneath the jetty and then the sand gets pumped underneath the Seaway to South Stradbroke Island, keeping this vital connection between the ocean and the waterways open for recreational and commercial vessels.

“We need to keep that sand moving because the Gold Coast’s beautiful waterways contribute $770 million each year to the local economy and support 6,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

Mr Morris said the ten jet pumps on the jetty require frequent maintenance which can only be undertaken when they’re lifted from beneath the sea floor by a crane on the jetty deck.

“This is one of the biggest upgrades we’ve undertaken on the Sand Bypass since it was built back in the 80s.

“Work starting today involves installing extra beams underneath the jetty deck and widening the decking near each pump so the maintenance can i buy valium in bali crane can continue to operate safely and keep the pumps functioning.”

The contract to undertake the work has been awarded to local company, Alder Constructions.   Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers said the company undertook previous upgrade works on the jetty which were completed in 2006.

“Alder successfully collaborated with Gold Coast Waterways Authority to deliver a complete refurbishment and upgrade of the jetty in 2006, on time and on budget,” he said.

“With the knowledge of this particular site and project, along with our other bridge refurbishment experience, Alder possesses the specific skills required in every area of this contract.

“From our home base on the Gold Coast we have expanded to other regions in the south-east, but it’s always a privilege to be involved in iconic local infrastructure projects like the Sand Bypass System jetty.”

For safety reasons, the jetty will be closed to the public until the project is finished in June next year.  Public access to the beach beneath the jetty will also restricted from time-to-time while work is being done.

The Sand Bypass System is designed to replicate the natural northerly movement of sand along our coastline by transporting at least 500,000 m³ of sand under the Seaway to South Stradbroke Island each year.

Completed in 1986, the System was the first of its kind in the world.

 

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Arcadia College Render

Building a new kind of school

Alder Constructions has been awarded the building contract to deliver the Gold Coast’s newest Special Assistance School, Arcadia College at Robina.  The Gold Coast based construction company has broken ground, marking the start of construction of the $11.4 million private education facility.

Arcadia College currently operates in Varsity Lakes and works with students, many of whom have faced personal hardship and difficulties. The new 3,000sqm building, located at Centreline Place adjacent to the train station at Robina, will increase the school’s capacity to 300 students across its campus.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says Arcadia is a one-of-a-kind future focused education facility designed to encourage student creativity, collaboration, nutrition and overall wellbeing.  “The new campus consists of a three level multi-purpose educational building, featuring progressive learning and recreation facilities, and a youth hub,” he said.

“The facility will house the grade 7 to 12 classrooms, along with a student wellbeing centre which includes a nurse, psychologist and career counsellor ensuring upmost care and education is prevalent throughout the students education journey.

“The new consolidated facility also includes a number of specialty rooms including hospitality, an IT hub, an HPE rock climbing wall, multipurpose basketball court, dance studio and exterior playground equipment.  The Youth hub will be available to families and the wider community by providing employment, medical, welfare and specialised services including career advice.”

Designed by award winning Gold Coast Architects Burling Brown, Board Chair of Arcadia College Trina Hockley says new school and youth hub will create a holistic approach to the traditional education curriculum.

“The design is different from your traditional school; this futuristic learning environment will promote creativity while fostering inclusion and wellbeing,” Ms Hockley said.

“Supporting our students with quality meals nutrition is critical for health and concentration, the rooms are fitted with kitchens where students prepare and share meals in a collaborative setting.

“Exercise has proven key in keeping student’s physically and mentally healthy. That is why we have incorporated a basketball court, indoor rock climbing, gym and recreational centre where students can participate in yoga, drama or Pilates.

“The contribution to this project by the Commonwealth and State Government needs to be recognised, with over $4.2M in capital funding from the Commonwealth Government through Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority and over $1.3M Capital funding from Queensland State Government.”

Arcadia College has added to Alder Constructions’ substantial portfolio of cutting edge education facilities at leading schools across South East Queensland.

Alder Construction has delivered multiple progressive and sector defining educational projects in the past 12 months. These include A.B. Paterson’s new $13 million state-of-the-art learning precinct, ‘The Pod’ at Coomera Anglican College, The Southport School Multi-Purpose Hall at the preparatory campus, all designed by Burling Brown Architects.

 

Published in Gold Coast Bulletin – 05 September 2019

https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/business/new-school-work-to-start-today-on-arcadias-new-school-at-robina-on-the-gold-coast/news-story/cc90243b5cb914d0fb82caee869e79aa

 

 

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Alder Constructions takes out top honours second year in a row

Alder Constructions has continued to cement its reputation as a leader in the education sector, being awarded for its delivery of the brand new Winton Centre at A.B. Paterson College.  The Gold Coast construction company has taken out the education facilities award at the 2019 Master Builders Gold Coast Housing and Construction Awards, for the second year in a row.

 

In 2018, Alder Constructions was awarded for its work on the future-focused Primary Learning Resource Centre, ‘The Pod’ at Coomera Anglican College. The Winton Centre achieved top honours in the same category on Saturday night, for projects valued over $10 million.

 

The new $13 million learning precinct at Arundel – which opened officially in June – has delivered 4,500sqm of dedicated learning spaces with state-of-the-art design and technology.

 

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says The Winton Centre has set a new benchmark in educational precincts on the Gold Coast. “The Winton Centre is a prime example of how innovative architecture and high quality construction are redefining the way school children learn,” he said.

 

“Innovative design, cutting edge technology, and interactive learning environments are the way of the future. The three level building is a high where to buy valium quality, inspiring and engaging space that the students, teachers and parents can be proud of.”

 

The first floor features a magical rainforest-themed playground, three Pre-Prep classrooms, an Outside School Hours Care facility, a café and film studio. The upper levels house a library, flexible learning spaces and 160-seat multi-purpose lecture theatre equipped with retractable seating, acoustics panels, and a fully sprung floor.  It has been adorned in the colour palette of the Australian bush, representing A.B. Paterson’s strong heritage, with colourful, vibrant and dynamic learning spaces throughout.

 

Alder’s partnership with Burling Brown Architects has seen it complete multiple leading developments like the TSS Multi-Purpose Auditorium and Sports Hall, and ‘The Pod’ at Coomera Anglican College.  Alder Constructions is currently constructing an $11.75 million Science and Technology facility at Indooroopilly’s Brigidine College, adding to the company’s growing portfolio of cutting edge education facilities across South East Queensland.

 

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. Alder Constructions has now been entered into the QLD state awards, to be announced on 01 November.

 

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Alder Constructions makes a splash

Alder Constructions recognises the hard work and achievements of the project teams and construction partners who continually strive to deliver outstanding projects for local communities.  One such project was the $5.5 million expansion of the Beenleigh Aquatic Centre, which reached completion in February 2019 and a contender in this years’ Master Builders Brisbane Housing and Construction Awards.

Alder Constructions was engaged by Logan City Council as part of the Council’s Active Logan strategy, to transform the Centre into a modern, all-weather facility.  General Manager Dean Cheffers says the redevelopment has delivered high quality infrastructure and amenities for the Beenleigh community.

“Built in the mid-1960s the Beenleigh Aquatic Centre was due for major renovations,” he said.

“The improvements include a fully enclosed 20m indoor heated commercial pool, a water play area with a children’s splashpad, plant room building, mechanical plant slab and external features. The community now has year-round heated pool access for programs such as learn to swim, aqua aerobics and water walking, with facilities for people with disabilities, and a shaded water play zone for very buy valium roche online young children.”

Alder Constructions also delivered amenities such as a pool store, baby change area, toilets, shower and change area, disabled changing room powder/family changing room, first aid, office and kiosk.  Full length bifold doors allow open access between the indoor pool and the aquatic play area, which has been designed to engage children and stimulate their senses.

“The splashpad is a fun interactive aquatic play area for children. It includes ‘sea themed’ features including bollard activators, cannon sprayers, aquatic animal sprayers, water tunnel, fountain sprays/geysers and jet stream, plus a large 4m tall spraying sea serpent that is cast into the slab,” Mr Cheffers said.

“The splashpad has a bright and vibrant non slip colourcrete finish, with a mixture of blues, purples, yellow and white to further enhance the ‘sea theme.”

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.  Alder Constructions are active supporters of Master Builders and proud award winners from 2009 – 2018.

 

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The Winton Centre elevates the student experience

Alder Constructions has successfully delivered a brand new $13 million learning precinct at A.B. Paterson College, with construction reaching completion.

The Winton Centre has delivered 4,500sqm of dedicated learning spaces with state-of-the-art design and technology, setting a new benchmark in educational precincts on the Gold Coast.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says the progressive facility is a showstopper with well-researched education spaces designed to foster a positive environment for modern learning.

“We have entered a whole new era in education, where innovative architecture is redefining the way school children learn,” he said.

“The Winton Centre is a prime example of what it means to put the student experience at the forefront of the design.

“A.B. Paterson collaborated with Burling Brown Architects, Colliers International and Alder Constructions, to design a unique, future proofed facility and the end result is a high quality, inspiring space that the students, teachers and parents can be proud of.”

The three level building has been adorned in the colour palette of the Australian bush, representing A.B. Paterson’s strong heritage, with colourful, vibrant and dynamic learning spaces throughout.

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

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

Principal/Chief Executive Officer of A.B. Paterson College Brian Grimes says The Winton Centre has been designed to meet the demands of 21st century education, and is an outstanding addition to the school’s facilities.

“Modern educational spaces must address not only the academic needs of the students but also their innate curiosity and creativity,” he said.

“Innovative architectural design, cutting edge technology, and interactive learning environments are the way of the future and The Winton Centre will set a new standard for schools.

“As one of the finest educational institutions in the country, this new learning precinct provides the physical spaces for us to further develop our leading pedagogy and bring many new opportunities for students and staff alike.”

Alder Construction’s partnership with Burling Brown Architects has seen the delivery of multiple progressive education projects in the past 18 months. Alder Constructions completed construction on the future-focused learning centre known as ‘The Pod’ at Coomera Anglican College in January 2018.

The Southport School Multi-Purpose Hall at the preparatory campus was completed in December 2017, and was one of the most progressive facilities for learning and teaching that TSS Prep had undertaken.

Alder Constructions is currently constructing an $11.75 million Science and Technology facility at Indooroopilly’s Brigidine College. The new  building adds to the Gold Coast based company’s growing portfolio of cutting edge education facilities at schools across South East Queensland.

 

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