Pascale Construction was commissioned by UniSA to fitout a tenancy within an operational and occupied University. The tenancy was located on an upper floor space of one of the university buildings. As this project was for a defence sector end-user, the brief was very specific: a complete internal demolition including full services strip out followed by the construction of a full turnkey fitout inclusive of FFE and equipment.
A multiple layer plasterboard installation catered for the acoustic prerequisites in addition to meeting security requirements per the design brief. A combination of carpet tiles, installed to an architectural set out and detail and vinyl flooring were installed to select areas. Non-standard steel door frames in the high security area with full height glazed partitions to segregate the office spaces, bespoke joinery and a feature wall and ceiling panels added the necessary architectural flair to provide a strong aesthetic while maintaining the required functionality.
We had to overcome certain challenges that arose from an evolving client brief which, in part, was driven by changing requirements from the end user. This resulted in many significant design changes during the construction period. A flexible approach to program delivery allowed these changes to be accommodated whilst mitigating or avoiding any re-work. A sharp focus on short term programming resulted in the project delivery team adapting and quickly implementing changes and adjustments while still working to the holistic master program.
Project variations consisted primarily of specific client and end user requests for additional scope. Pascale managed the client contingency efficiently through PC sum expenditure to capture a wider than expected scope within the allocated budget.
We also worked collaboratively with the design team and cost consultant to challenge and critique potential additional costs. In addition, a detailed procurement phase ensured documented scope and inferred scope were captured within all contractual engagement of subcontractors, and this also contributed to minimal contract variation claims.
This project successfully achieved optimal client satisfaction including completion of the project 2 weeks earlier than expected.