Background

After successfully completing construction of two projects at Cabra Dominican College, including the music suite in 2018, Kennett Pty Ltd was awarded the managing contractor role for construction of the gymnasium. This project includes the same Site Manager and Architect as the music suite project. The successful project team combination was chosen due to our solid industry relationships.

Project

The $7m project includes 2 new indoor basketball courts, 2 unisex changerooms, toilets and showering facilities, an umpires changeroom, canteen/kitchen, staff offices, multi-purpose classrooms, a gym space, new external netball/tennis show court, paved thoroughfares and walkways with raised garden beds and seating.

Construction Detail

  Demolition of existing gymnasium including connections to art and tech studies building, underground services and external basketball courts.

  12m high gym consisting of structural steel, precast panels with pattern moulding, in-situ concrete, metal wall and roof cladding, hardware timber flooring and internal feature plywood wall cladding.

Challenges

  Managing the programme with staged tendering, delayed approvals and design changes.

  Discovery of an undocumented layer of bitumen underneath existing/demolished building footprint.

  Working within an operating school creates challenges to minimise disruption to staff, students and parents, especially the drop-off/pick-up zones adjacent the site.

  Coordinating fabrication of the perforated timber cladding off site to fit between the diagonal columns.

  Completing works in time for the school’s end-of-year event.

Outcomes

  Project was completed in time for the school to hold their end-of-year school event in the hall which was the goal throughout the entire project.

  The client was extremely happy with the delivered project.

  Kennett were given the opportunity to tender the next 2 small Cabra projects
(Home Economics and Chapel courtyard) based on the successful delivery of this project and the previous music suite project.

Team

Paul Jennings – Construction Manager

Matthew Jentsch – Project Manager & Contract Administrator

Scott Guthridge – Site Manager

Sanjeewa Perera – HSE Officer

Sean Rendell – Estimator

Gymnasium

Gymnasium and Seating