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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 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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BeenleighAquaticCentre

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 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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Take 5 with Alder’s Women in Construction

Jess Howell, Rachel Griffiths and Sammy Amos are part of our network of women in construction working across the diverse areas of our business and today we take 5, to learn about their roles, what it takes to succeed and their advice for young women looking to carve a career in construction.

Jess Howell  |  Bid Coordinator

What does your role entail?

My role at Alder Constructions is within the Pre-Contracts team, as Bid Coordinator/Tender Writer. As part of my role I am to establish, lead and manage the submission requirements for all incoming bid proposals. While there is a lot of behind the scene aspects to the role, like maintaining the tender database, identifying improvements for the submission processes and developing engaging material for submissions – my priority is ensuring all tender submissions are executed effectively, on time and enhance the customer journey, leading us to successfully secure works.

What personal qualities help you succeed in your job?

I believe effectively being able to communicate, motivate team members, time manage multiple deadlines and having a keen eye for detail are crucial for the succession in a role such as mine. Secondary but as important, is being proactive, always being one step ahead at all times; how do we differentiate our submissions, how do we stay ahead of our competition and how can we best serve our client.  Being confident in your ability to be a team player while simultaneously being able to work autonomously is also a key factor in being successful in this role.

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman working in construction?

Construction is perceived as a very, male rich environment. Which, as women we should be embracing. In my experience, one of the challenges in such environment is being heard. A challenge, it is like anything able to be overcome. With the right patient, persistence and confidence, the movement around women in construction should be on par with those of their male colleagues, not a differential.

What advice would you give to someone interested in working in construction?

Find your fire. If that is an aspect or every aspect of construction, then absorb it. Learn, challenge, inspire and grow from it and in it. It’s one of the most dynamic industries we are lucky to call work. Everyday, there is something new. Everyday there is something to learn.

What makes you proud of the work you do?

Being in a highly visual and content driven role, being able to push boundaries, and enhance the customer journey is what makes me proud to do my role. I love a challenge, it’s in my DNA.

 

Rachel Griffiths  |  Project Manager

What does your role entail?

At Alder Constructions, I’m a Project Manager within the Building Team.  My role is project delivery of commercial builds, so I spend a good portion of my time engaging with our site team, subcontractors, suppliers and working with our clients and consultants to deliver the best project outcome. I am a problem solver, working within time and budget parameters constantly, it is challenging, but rewarding when you hit that completion milestone.

What personal qualities help you succeed in your job?

Building relationships is important to me and a key to success in my role. Being accountable and reliable builds mutual trust and that is so important when you have tight time frames and need to work collaboratively with your network of trades to get a job done.  I’ve also had to become a great multi-tasker – juggling trades and projects!

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman working in construction?

Trying to stand out, be confident and be heard is a challenge in such a male dominated industry.  At Alder, it is an inclusive environment, but sometimes you still get resistance on sites.

What advice would you give to someone interested in working in construction?

Be prepared for a challenge!  For anyone looking becoming a Project Manager or Contracts Administrator, spend as much time on site as possible and ask your site team and subcontractors plenty of questions – that is key experience.  There is no such thing as a stupid question.

What makes you proud of the work you do?

It makes all the hard work worth it when you see a finished project that benefits the community, children, the disabled, the elderly and families.  That is what makes me proud of what I do.

 

Sammy Amos  |  Commercial Assistant

What does your role entail?

My role at Alder Constructions is Commercial Assistant and I support our Commercial Manager and building project delivery teams.  I’m a bit of a jack of all trades and provide assistance and support in multiple areas including accounts, contract administration, site mobilisation and help improve our project management systems.

What personal qualities help you succeed in your job?

Willingness to learn new things, ability to work in ‘reactive’ circumstances when new priorities arise and managing my time are key.  I can also have a laugh about it all, because it can be a challenge to have a whole team with competing priorities wanting everything done at once!

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman working in construction?

The ideology that it is predominantly a ‘mans world’ or that women don’t have as hard a shell for this particular environment; when really, males also have a tendency to show quite a bit of emotion and it really shows in this industry.

What advice would you give to someone interested in working in construction?

Go for it! Great industry, and very rewarding. Lots of opportunity to work your way up the ladder which is what I am working on myself, to hopefully step into a Contracts Administrator role in the future.

What makes you proud of the work you do?

Knowing my contribution has kept the cogs turning and my role may be more behind the scenes, but we are all a team and everyone has a part to play in the success of our projects and our business.

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Powering up Brisbane’s inner northside

Energex’s crews will soon have improved access to Brisbane’s inner northern suburbs and CBD with the new $15m depot at Stafford recently awarded to Alder Constructions.

The Babarra Street depot will be home to approximately 150 Energex field and support staff allowing them to respond more effectively to emergency outages and network maintenance in Brisbane’s inner north.

With the tender now awarded, mobilisation on the site has commenced with final completion set for mid 2020.

Once Stafford depot is up and running it will house 40 response vehicles, with a 2040 square metre warehouse and 1290 square metre office space.

As well as field staff, Energex designers, planners and project managers will work out of the new depot.

The commencement of this project adds to the growing portfolio of inner Brisbane projects with current construction of the new $11.75 mil Science and Technology facility at Indooroopilly’s Brigidine College and $0.7 mil façade refurbishment of Oaks Lexicon Apartments on Ann Street in Brisbane’s CBD.

Alder Constructions will be working with Ranbury, PDT, Bellas & Reitano and WSP to deliver the new depot for Energex.

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New appointments propel company growth

The Alder Group of companies continues to expand its operations across south east Queensland, boosted by two key appointments in senior roles.

The Gold Coast development and construction business has appointed Tony Wallace as CFO of the Alder Group and Frank Galvin as Senior Development Manager.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers said the new additions bring valuable skill sets that will allow the group to explore more opportunities, solve complex problems quicker and further improve the level of customer service.

A qualified CPA, Mr Wallace has worked in senior finance roles across development, building, mining, transport and infrastructure, both in Tier 1 companies and start-ups.

“Tony brings pragmatic commercial and financial acumen across project and corporate compliance, reporting and governance,” Mr Cheffers said.

“Having worked for Lend Lease for the past five years, Tony has extensive experience working with both construction and development businesses. He possesses a very diverse and highly relevant background and this will be an excellent fit given Alder’s diverse portfolio across the construction and developments arms of the business.”

Mr Wallace will be responsible for the group’s overall financial management, overseeing the company’s systems, processes and people, while ensuring strong financial control and outcomes are achieved.

“He will provide mentoring, guidance and overall leadership to our finance and admin team and will work closely with the directors and senior management team to meet our key strategic and business goals,” Mr Cheffers said.

With over 15 years’ experience in the development industry, Mr Galvin – Immediate past President of the UDIA Ipswich Branch – has been responsible for the development management of projects from acquisition to settlements, with a key focus on providing products that meet market demand.

“Following a six year tenure at Sekisui House, Frank brings significant knowledge of master planned communities to the team,” Mr Cheffers said.

“In his role as Senior Development Manager, Frank’s key responsibilities will include acquisitions, due diligence, planning, construction management and liaising with local, state and federal government agencies and other statutory bodies.

Founded in 2003, Alder Constrictions, which has building and civil infrastructure capabilities, has a range of residential, education, commercial, industrial and key infrastructure projects between Palm Beach and Mooloolaba.

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