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Chevalier College is constructing two new educational facilities designed to meet the growing needs of its student body. Work on a new Multipurpose Hall and the refurbishment and extension of the Performing Arts Centre is being undertaken in a bid to provide more space and greater acoustic values for future generations of school children.

The project comprises the partial demolition, internally, to the Performing Arts Centre to make way for a larger stage area, new theatre seating, amenities and entry ramps and stairs.  We are aiming to provide a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre that reflects the calibre of talent within our school and offers sound acoustic values for our arts groups.

The new Multipurpose Hall will be constructed immediately adjacent to the existing McGrath Hall and involves a new basketball court with mezzanine viewing area, classrooms, amenities and lift.  The Multipurpose Hall will also be complete with an on ground car park off Charlotte Street.

The architecturally-designed facilities will improve the resources available to the student body and enable the school to continue providing quality educational opportunities in coming years.

This is an exciting time in the growth of Chevalier College and this infrastructure will allow us to continue creating a centre of excellence that can be enjoyed by the community as a whole.

Regular progress reports from the project managers at Grindley Construction Pty Ltd are posted below to keep the college and wider communities informed.


PROGRESS REPORT

Friday 22 June 2018

MULTIPURPOSE HALL
Site Manager – Brendan Scott

Structural steel is now 99% complete and the roof is on. Internal framing is well underway and the air-conditioning units are being installed.

Electric and hydraulic rough-ins and water-proofing to the amenities are all close to complete. Wall and floor tiling will commence on the 27th June, with the ceiling to be installed on the 29th June.

Wall sarking and top hats have commenced to the external walls in preparation for the cladding.

 

 PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Site Manager – Peter Jones

With the run of fine weather, progress has remained steady. We are currently installing the roof which we hope to complete by the end of June. Whilst the roof is not complete we have been able to commence the electrical and mechanical installations.

Work has also started on the external cladding  and window frame installation and dance floor wall framing.

The expectation is that we will have 80% of the facade, windows and external doors installed in the second week in July.


Friday 18 May 2018

MULTIPURPOSE HALL
Site Manager – Brendan Scott

The ground floor of the MPH has been poured and 90% of the formwork has been removed. Structural steel has commenced for the roof along with block work to the ground floor suspended slab.

Internal walls to the lower ground are currently being built and the service trades (plumbing, electrical and mechanical) have commenced rough-ins.

We are aiming to complete the majority of the structural steel by mid June. Once the structural steel is at 80% we can conduct a site measure for the roof sheets.

Once the roof is on, a number of areas will open up and allow us to progress with the internal works.

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PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Site Manager – Peter Jones

The progress on site has been steady over the past month and we have commenced structural steel installation, laying of the retaining wall block work, and we are in the process of completing the entry ramp and stairs.

As we head towards June you will see the commencement of the external cladding and roof installation, whilst beginning the internal wall framing.

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Tuesday 17 April 2018

MULTIPURPOSE HALL
Site Manager – Brendan Scott

To date we have poured about 65m3 of block fill, and the form work to the suspended deck is complete.

A 55 tonne crane has lifted all the slab reinforcement and there is about 18 tonne of reinforcement in the suspended slab.

Scaffold has commenced and will be installed up to the slab level once the  structural steel is installed.

All reinforcement will be complete by mid April and we are aiming to pour the main 200m3 suspended deck soon after.

Once the deck is poured, the brick layer will start on the lift shaft and the block balustrade, and back filling of the retaining wall has commenced.

Interesting fact …. We have laid over 8000 blocks so far !

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PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Site Manager – Peter Jones

The weather has been very favourable for progress on the PAC and works are progressing well.

Block work to the dance floor area is now complete and service rough-in has commenced in the female bathrooms and servery.

Work has commenced on the main switch room and comms room in the existing building.

In the period ahead we are expecting the structural steel to continue through the beginning of May with the roof to follow shortly after.


Monday 19 March 2018

MULTIPURPOSE HALL
Site Manager – Brendan Scott

The lower ground slab was poured for the MPH on the 12th March, equating to 137m3 of concrete, and now work can commence on the suspended deck.

We continue with block work on the lower ground slab, and this should be complete by the end of March.

The waterproofer is on site waterproofing the retaining wall and we can then commence back fill of the retaining wall.

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PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Site Manager – Peter Jones

Progress has been steady on the PAC site over the past few weeks. Since the last concrete pour, we have been preparing for the next section of building which includes the male and female bathrooms, the lower ground floor storeroom, sound lock, green room and stairs.

This next concrete pour will be on the 20th March and will be approximately 100m3. Once this is complete it will allow the continuation of the dance floor block work, closely followed by the structural steel installation.

We are happy with progress and look forward to continued fine weather.

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Monday 12 February 2018

PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Site Manager – Peter Jones

We had a slow start to the year following the Christmas break, with contractors still returning from annual leave. However, the past week has been very productive and we have been able to complete the reinforcement and pouring of the strip footings to the PAC.

We have also completed the drainage, and are currently working on the sewer connection to the main line.

Looking ahead at the week to come, we will be preparing the ground slab up to the construction joint in preparation for the ground slab pour and, at the moment, we are scheduled to complete these works on Monday 19th February.

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MULTIPURPOSE HALL
Site Manager – Brendan Scott

Works are pushing ahead at the MPH with inground sewer works 90% complete and detailed excavation 99% complete.

Steel fixing and form work to the slab on ground has commenced and we are aiming to pour the slab on the 19th or 21st February.

The block layers are due to commence Friday 23rd February and aiming to pour the 2nd slab on ground no later than the 27th.

Both projects are progressing well and the weather continues to be favourable.

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Thursday 14 December 2017

MULTIPURPOSE HALL
Site Manager – Brendan Scott

For the MPH we have drilled over 60 piers and filled to an average depth of 6.5 meters. Some 250m3 of concrete has been poured and we have commenced detail excavation of strip footings. The plumbers have commenced on site and are making good headway.

The weather has been kind to us with only one rain day stoppage and a delicious Christmas lunch with the Chevalier staff and management aided site productivity… thank you for the invite!

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PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Site Manager – Peter Jones

Following the completion of the bulk excavation last week, we have now commenced piling works to the Performing Arts Centre. We have so far drilled 40 piles out of 156, with an average depth of 4 meters. These will be filled progressively with a total of 80 cubic metres of concrete.

We expect to be finished all the piling works by the second week in January, closely followed  by our detailed excavation / footings.

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 Friday, 14 November 2017

Grindley are very pleased to be on site at Chevalier College with works now underway for both the Multipurpose Hall and the Performing Arts Centre.

MULTIPURPOSE HALL
Site Manager – Brendan Scott

All construction fencing and shade cloth have now been installed and the construction site amenities and work sheds have been delivered and connected. Demolition and tree removal of trees has commenced and the earth works contractor is currently preparing the subgrade for the drilling rig.

Work begins on the construction of a new multipurpose hall for Chevalier College - December 2017

Work begins on the construction of a new multipurpose hall for Chevalier College – December 2017

The drilling rig is due to arrive during the week commencing 27th November when we will commence drilling. We have 117 piers to drill with a rough depth of 6m and this will take approximately 3 weeks.

Once the piers are complete we will commence final trimming of the building pad and start detail excavation, along with in-ground sewer and electrical infrastructure.

PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Site Manager – Peter Jones

Over the past two weeks we have been deconstructing the old Performing Arts Centre. To date, the process has been quite straightforward, barring a few construction skeletons which appear in refurbishments.

Preparing site for refurbishments to the Performing Arts Centre - December 2017

Preparing site for refurbishments to the Performing Arts Centre – December 2017

During this time we have removed approximately 200 tonnes of brickwork, 20 tonnes of steel and 60 tonnes of general rubbish.

In the coming weeks, and in the period leading up to Christmas, externally, ground works and piering will commence and, internally, underpinning and drainage will commence in the PAC amenities area.

The sun continues to shine, allowing good early progress… always a good thing during early construction stages!


The future vision…


Reports by
Julie O’Keefe
Grindley Construction Pty Ltd
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