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Big win for construction and jobs

Alder Construction is set to commence construction of a flagship project for Energex with the successful award of the Greenslopes Redevelopment Project.

The multi-million dollar redevelopment of the site will see our team deliver a 5000sqm, multi-level office complex plus extensive site improvements, new truck wash bays and streetscape beautification.

The new workspace will be home to more than 200 Energex field, design and project staff from the existing depot and other Brisbane locations.  Once completed the new site will increase light vehicle parking to 130, cater for nearly 80 response vehicles and work seamlessly with the existing 3000sqm warehouse.

Over the course of construction, we will see important job creation and continuation as we begin to actively engage our subcontractors and suppliers, as well as increased trade for local businesses.

Alder Constructions continues to power ahead with a number of significant projects underway across South East Queensland.  We are in the final stages of delivering Energex’s Stafford depot and are set to commence construction of a new Asphalt plant in Yatala.  Alder has also started construction on The York – a $16 million commercial office project in the heart of Beenleigh.

The team will be commencing the multi-million Greenslopes project at the end of May and expect to complete construction works by mid 2021.

 

Learn more >> > Ministerial Announcement – 08 May 2020

 

 

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A culture built on quality

Meet Mark Otte, our Quality Manager 

Mark is a walking building code and brings a depth of knowledge and experience to drive and manage our commitment to quality for our clients.   With a trade based background, and over 30 years working on construction sites, Mark has first hand experience in what it takes to deliver a quality product in both the residential and commercial sectors.  As our Quality Manager, Mark assists our teams with quality controls, updates in code and legislation, training and technical support.

 

What projects have you worked on at Alder so far?

As a civil and commercial building company, I’m required across all of our projects.  At the moment this ranges from bridge upgrades and civil early works to state-of-the-art education precincts and commercial office developments.

 

What personal qualities help you succeed in your job?

Being able to draw on my years of knowledge and experience in my various roles and a desire to pass on as much knowledge as I can to our site teams. The desire to be better is a big driver and education is essential.

 

What do you feel is the biggest challenge in the construction industry at the moment?

I feel the biggest challenge at the moment is our lack of quality tradesman on our sites.  There are not enough young apprentices coming through and all the older, experienced tradesmen are retiring.  This is leaving a huge gap on our sites when it comes to completing good quality and compliant works.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role as Quality Manager?

Seeing our site teams and trades learn about aspects of construction they didn’t know about before and then seeing the improvement of our company as a whole as a result of it.

 

How do you spend your time outside of work?

My family and watching a lot of sport (when it is being played!) keep me busy, but the biggest thing I do outside of work is help raise awareness in the community about suicide prevention in young men and return soldiers.  It is such an important subject we don’t hear about a lot, but we lose a return soldier every day to suicide.

 

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Alder are coming back to Yatala

Construction is in full swing at Aspire Industrial Park in Yatala with new lot owners commencing building works at the estate.

Alder Constructions successfully delivered the 11 hectare industrial subdivision for development partner, Alder Developments, and have now secured the contract to deliver a new Asphalt Plant for one of the buyers, COLAS, a multi-national company in the construction and maintenance of roads and transport infrastructure.  Expanding its operations in Australia, COLAS, purchased 3 lots at Aspire, a combined 17,366sqm in the high impact zoned industrial estate.

Alder Constructions will complete the design and construction of a complete Asphalt facility including:

  • Civil and structural design with key design partner, Westera Partners
  • Bulk earthworks
  • Insitu concrete foundations
  • Piling works
  • Retaining walls
  • building construction of laboratory, amenities and workshop
  • Aggregate storage areas
  • Precast construction
  • Structural steel components
  • Gravel and concrete pavements
  • Industrial crossovers
  • Weighbridges
  • Fencing and landscaping.

The final three lots at Aspire Industrial Park are on the market, representing one of the last opportunities to secure land zoned for high impact suited to manufacturing, warehousing, transport and logistics, construction services, food processing, brewery or beverage manufacturing, and distribution centres.  NSW based precast concrete supplier, XL Precast has secured 8,159sqm – the second largest lot in the estate and is also ready to kick start construction of two new 2000sqm warehouses as soon as possible.

For Alder Constructions, it is ‘business as usual’, as the team continues to power ahead with a number of significant projects underway across South East Queensland.  Alder Constructions has recently been awarded the multi-million dollar Energex Greenslopes office redevelopment, as upgrade works continue at Gold Coast’s Sand Bypass Jetty, and the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant.  Alder has also started construction on a $16 million project at Beenleigh. The York will be the first new commercial office building to be constructed in Beenleigh in the last decade.

Design of the new Asphalt facility is set to commence in April 2020 with construction due for completion early 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

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Full steam ahead as Arcadia College tops out

Construction is well and truly on track at Robina’s new Special Assistance School Arcadia College, as the $11.4 million private education facility hits a key milestone.

The 3,000sqm building has topped out as Alder Constructions stays on schedule for practical completion in August.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says work has already commenced on the internal fit-out, which will continue as the finishing touches are made to the external façade over the coming months.

“Arcadia is not your standard secondary school,” he said. “The campus consists of a three level multi-purpose educational building, featuring progressive learning and recreation facilities, a student wellbeing centre and a youth hub.

“Once the external structure is complete, we will be focused on delivering the futuristic, purpose built learning spaces which have been designed to foster creativity, inclusion and wellbeing.

“Over and above the traditional classrooms, there’s 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 wellbeing centre will be home to a nurse, psychologist and career counsellor, while the youth hub will be available to families and the wider community employment, medical, welfare and specialised services including career advice.”

Arcadia College currently operates in Varsity Lakes and works with students, many of whom have faced personal hardship and difficulties. Located at Centreline Place adjacent to the train station at Robina, the new campus will increase the school’s capacity from 190 to 300 students. The Varsity Lakes campus will close and students will move to the new campus when it opens its doors in 2021.

Mr Cheffers says it’s “business as usual” as Alder Constructions continues to power ahead with a number of significant projects underway across South East Queensland.

“Alder was recently awarded a $2 million contract for the early works package for Stage 2 of The Star Master Plan,” he said.

“We have also started construction on a $16 million project at Beenleigh this month. The York will be the first new commercial office building to be constructed in Beenleigh in the last decade. With structural upgrade works underway on the Gold Coast’s Sand Bypass Jetty, and the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant Upgrade, we are determined to continue to support and bolster the local economy where possible during this time of uncertainty.”

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published Gold Coast Bulletin 08 May 2020

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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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