Pascale Construction was engaged during the design phase as a Managing Contractor, and provided valuable input on buildability issues, clarification of material selections, and attained cost savings and efficiencies through the tendering phase. This process ensured that the client’s budget expectations were met, and permitted the inclusion of additional works as requested by the client.
The building is primarily a reinforced concrete structure, with a raft ground floor slab and a suspended first floor slab, with precast concrete panel walls and lift shaft. Structural steel is used for first floor support as well as the framing for the metal deck saw tooth roof. The shop front wall included an extensive frameless glass curtain, as well as commercial aluminium framed windows to the roof lights.
The building is designed to be flexible to suit tenants requirements, resulting in extensive fitout work, as well as the high quality base building finishes. Many green initiatives were adopted including the orientation and roof design, solar controlled glass, increased rated insulation, insulated first floor, solar panels, and water retention.
During the design phase and construction phase, Pascale Construction provided input to reach a better design and achieve cost savings. Some of the items included the overflow downpipe design which will vastly minimise the risk of box gutter overflow; the redesign of the internal stair balustrade system resulting in a $5,500 saving, the reselection of the curtain wall system resulting in a $22,000 cost saving; and achieving efficiencies with the concrete panel designs and sizing.