Preparing for a NEW era

THE University of Newcastle’s futuristic NeW Space building has opened its doors, two years after construction began on what is one of the most eye-catching landmarks on the city’s skyline.

Hansen Yuncken was awarded the $95 million NeW Space project for the Faculty of Business and Law by the University of Newcastle in April 2015. The project, UoN’s 'City Campus' is fundamental to the Hunter Education Precinct in the Newcastle CBD; and is regarded as a ‘landmark’ project within the city of Newcastle.

Achieving a 5 Star Green Star design, the technically challenging eight storey structure offers a cutting edge modern environment, with a focus on flexibility and collaborative teaching and learning. A mixture of formal and informal spaces have been specifically designed to align with the University’s teaching pedagogies.

With over 20 projects delivered for the University of Newcastle to date, Hansen Yuncken won the project by competitive tender after a three stage, nine-month tender process, engaging with stakeholders to evolve a complex design simultaneously with construction.

Breaking ground in May 2015, a number of alternative construction methods were adopted to address environmental complexities as well as technical and sophisticated design features. These included residual mine subsidence ground strain, a high water table and both Aboriginal and European heritage constraints. The challenges in the structure were evident in the widely publicised 85 tonne “mega truss” lift in April 2016 where a prefabricated steel frame was lifted into position to create the University’s prime architectural feature, the Nobbys Extension.

From the outset, construction remained on program, through numerous client driven changes and challenging construction activities. The team’s safety records have been second to none, with no Lost Time Injuries occurring over the two-year journey which involved over 600,000 working hours on the site. Added to that, the University are very pleased with the quality and delivery of this incredibly complex build.

Ahead of the next semester, NeW Space has opened its doors, welcoming staff and faculty, local business owners, government officials and international representatives to tour this vibrant and nation leading educational facility.

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The 6-week countdown begins for Australia’s largest hospital

As the largest and undoubtedly, most complex hospital in the Southern Hemisphere, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital has brought together construction experts from around the globe to build what has been the cornerstone of healthcare design, construction and engineering.

Reaching Commercial Acceptance on the 13th June 2017, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital has commenced its 6-week countdown as preparations ramp up for the 5th September opening.

The project, which has been widely publicised since its original conception in 2006, has overcome a number of challenges throughout its tenure but is now getting the attention that a world-class hospital truly deserves.

Hansen Yuncken CEO Peter Salveson, who spent 21 months as Project Director on the mega-project said, “finally the new RAH will get the recognition that a standout project truly deserves. All Hansen Yuncken clients who have visited the project have been impressed, not only by the sheer complexity of the building but also the high quality and standard of the finished product. There is no doubt that this will be a world class facility, of which, Hansen Yuncken can be really proud”.

Several public tour days of the $2 billion facility have just concluded. With no shortage of commentators or critics, it has definitely stirred the curiosity of South Australians, with all 5,500 tour tickets booked out within two hours of their release.

South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling said the response had been positive.

"People have been blown away by the size of the hospital," he said.

"Also by the ability that we've been able to incorporate the latest technology, and the latest in hospital design thinking from around the world."

A member of the public who attended Thursday’s tour commented “I thought it was absolutely fantastic, the way it all seems to be so well coordinated, so modern and it’s obviously been designed with the patient in mind. You almost ‘want’ to be in here.”

Whilst another said: “It’s just so vibrant, it’s warm, it’s soothing to the soul I would say”.

Following the last and final construction milestone on the 13th June, an intensive 90-day transitional period has taken the hospital through its paces with commissioning, testing and orientation of thousands of hospital staff. Medical professionals have undertaken a variety of training scenarios to ensure the dedicated routes and facilities are suited to the needs of patients in critical conditions.

Now, with only 6 weeks until the doors open, the State has commenced the ramp down activities to minimise the risk and disruption to patients during the move.

The 5th September opening will be a celebratory day for the 24,000 people who have worked on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project during its construction.

Peter added, “As a business we have maintained our commitment in delivering over $1b of projects nationally, and are privileged that our clients and industry partners have retained their confidence in us, throughout the journey of this project”.

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Back to back project handovers for Goodman Group

A long standing and collaborative partnership with the Goodman Group has seen two projects handed over within 4 weeks of each other bringing the grand total of seven projects delivered in the last 4 years in Victoria alone. Driven by our team of Industrial Sector experts, a strong team environment, cohesiveness, trust and coordination is all part and parcel of the successful partnership.

Completed in May 2017, the Bunzl & Speculative Development at Power Park Estate was brought in ahead of schedule with outstanding safety and complete customer satisfaction. This 18,000m2 warehouse was split between two tenancies, providing administration offices, car parking areas and recessed loading docks together with independent heavy duty truck hardstand area and access points.

Within 4 weeks, the team hit another milestone as keys exchanged hands with Parragon Publishing. This impressive two-storey building spread over 10,500m2, offers exposed ceilings, feature staircase and polished concrete floors creating a unique on-trend ‘inner city industrial feel’ for the ongoing expansion of the UK based publisher.

Both fundamental projects to the Goodman Group’s ongoing support of their customers, these projects are testament to the teams’ understanding of the fast-paced delivery requirements associated with industrial style projects. Translating bespoke requirements into practical solutions reaffirms our commitment to delivery, resolution of risk and partnership.

We are now working with Goodman on their next project at West Industry Park (WIP) (next door to Parragon) which will be the 5th project undertaken by Hansen Yuncken and the largest instalment to date out of the 8 projects Goodman have built at WIP.

For us it’s simple… Investing time in building long standing and trusted partnerships with our clients, allows us to expand our level of service and create a deeper understanding of their needs and requirements.

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Creating a link in construction innovation

We have all been talking the prefabrication language for some time and in the areas of mechanical services, the simplicity of modularising risers and embedding services components is now dubbed the construction norm. That said, we often ignore the more obvious opportunities for construction prefabrication which, in most cases, are glaring at us.

Across the country, all Hansen Yuncken major projects are utilising some form of prefab and modularisation. It’s been trialled and tested on multiple projects of varying degrees and the benefits from a safety, program and value perceptive are invaluable. But, it was a light bulb moment sparked in a value engineering exercise at the commencement of the Flinders Medical Centre Project that led to our most recent venture and a chance to push the boundaries, not only internally, but across the local supply chain.

Commencing the $183m Flinders Medical Centre Project in 2015, we were not content with doing things the old way.

Although not originally prescribed by our client, we identified an opportunity to add greater value to the project, and in doing so, invested heavily in the development of BIM. Adding a sophisticated level of digital technology through comprehensive modelling and virtual build journeys, we were able to solve design issues and communicate methodologies far more efficiently. Coupled with that, the prefabrication journey was born.

As with most larger developments where old meets new, there is a need to get from A to B. On Flinders Medical Centre, bridge links are required to provide connectivity between the existing facility and the new Rehabilitation and Mental Health buildings. Via raised bridge walkways, they provide a patient and staff passage over the existing gully and waterway and into the new facilities.

Through the power of creative and collaborative minds, an alternative volumetric prefabricated construction methodology was brought to the table. It was cheaper, faster and much more environmentally sensitive as a construction solution. Soon after, a design solution was created with Architect Cheesman and Structural Engineer Aurecon.

A first for all involved, the design evolved to a series of steel framed and factory fabricated modular bridge segments, manufactured within the Tonsley Innovation Precinct by Modular Construction Contractor Specialised Solutions, transported to site as escorted wide loads and located into position via the onsite tower crane.

The process has opened the project team’s eyes up to alternative methodologies and the advantages that BIM technology can provide as a planning tool. The bridge links were 3D printed and used to develop cranage and lifting strategies, ensuring best practise engagement between the design and construction teams.

By taking the initiative to use BIM at FMC, the team had the confidence in the model to be able to identify and solve problems faster, making life easier for our project team, including our subcontractors, consultants and ultimately the client.

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Collaboration across all platforms reaps the best results

Joining Hansen Yuncken earlier this year, National BIM Manager Paul Nunn is set to evolve our national approach to virtual design and construction, recognising that collaboration across all platforms reaps the best possible results.

The term “Building Information Management” or BIM is the “new age” collaborative way of working, underpinned by numerous digital technologies, which allow for more efficient methods of managing a project throughout its entire lifecycle.

In its simplest form, BIM provides a substantial benefit for managing time, cost and risk; this in turn, provides greater confidence in the delivery of our projects. In addition, we provide data rich 3D as-built models, enabling a possible integration with facility management systems. These benefits are starting to be explored more by our health and tertiary education clients.

Commencing our BIM journey over 7 years ago, we are recognised leaders in the implementation of BIM technologies across Australia. Following many successful projects including Australia’s largest BIM case study, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, we now require sophisticated virtual modelling for the design and construction phases of all major projects.

On a daily basis, our teams, who have undergone extensive training in multiple BIM technologies, are constantly evolving, developing and improving our systems and processes, allowing us to scope and use 3D, 4D and 5D project data far more efficiently.

From pre commencement through to commissioning and handover, we are managing the creation of accurate 3D building models, combining animations and fly-throughs that allow our design and construction teams as well as the relevant stakeholders to visually and realistically access the design layout well before construction. This reduces errors and rework and supports a streamlined design development process where feedback and changes can be applied in real time. Most importantly, because everything in BIM is interconnected with programming, estimating, safety, procurement and commissioning, the implications of changes are applied throughout every aspect of the model. No more duplication!

Of course, the successful adoption of BIM requires organisations and individuals to change the way they work. Technology brings change, and with that comes education and training. Our drive to change is supported by our commitment to educate and develop our supply chain. By doing that, we are increasing the use of BIM tools and processes on our projects, encouraging multiple stakeholders to communicate efficiently and contribute information throughout the construction process and beyond, ultimately streamlining procedures, monitoring costs, reducing risks and minimising waste. This allows us to improve our visibility, understanding, and management of the consultant design process, subcontractor shop modelling and fabrication process.

Our challenge at Hansen Yuncken is to assess, define, and roadmap the BIM processes appropriate for each project. With an outward facing position on BIM, we aim to exceed our client’s expectations in project delivery. For those of you who are not technologically savvy, you can rely on us to guide you.

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Graduates thrive in Tasmania’s construction boom

Employing more than 20,000 people across Tasmania, the building and construction industry is critical to the State’s economic growth. With a peak in the number of major building and infrastructure projects totaling more than $1b, it’s no wonder that experienced and emerging construction professionals are flocking to the State.

As with all major builders, Hansen Yuncken has secured its own piece of the construction pie, including Parliament Square Stage 1A, The Hedberg Preliminary Works and the Glenorchy Integrated Care Centre. An opportunity to expand the diversity of our team in response to the construction peak, has resulted in our latest recruitment drive.

In partnership with the University of Tasmania, our newest undergraduate and graduate recruits are actively engaged in the management and coordination of our projects across multiple work streams including design, estimating, planning, quality, programming and safety. Efforts are made to not only develop our graduates technically, but also encourage personal and professional networks. Through Peer Group Meetings, graduates are offered greater exposure, engaging with interstate peers and national managers to gain maximum exposure throughout all aspects of the business.

Planning is now underway with a local engineering firm to promote networking and collaboration between our respective Graduates to enhance the day to day working relationship on an existing project. Hansen Yuncken engineers will shorty host a breakfast where they will provide a demonstration on the practicalities of using BIM360 in the field to enhance the quality control process during structure works. We look forward to other companies reciprocating with similar forums hosted by their Graduates later in the year.

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99 years of business and 6000 projects

When we put forward our credentials for your consideration, rest assured we have the necessary skills, people and experience to deliver your project with certainty.

We are committed to delivering on our reputation as a leading commercial building contractor, and with a strong client focus we strive to become your priority choice. Our biggest differentiator is our people and our culture. The project journey you take with us, the behaviours of our people and our processes creates a positive experience. That, paired with our national resources and reach enables us to manage and deliver any project successfully and safely. Forward thinking, our people demonstrate initiative and creativity, working with our clients and consultants to create smarter solutions across all aspects of our projects.

Currently, we have $3bn projects in hand with approximately 40% of that yet to be delivered. Having secured more than $900m in the first 6 months of 2017, the figures all point to a high level of confidence in achieving our financial plan for FY17/18 and continuing growth into the future.

With confidence growing in the infrastructure, commercial and non-residential sectors, our team of 600 dedicated and talented people will continue to deliver efficiencies and better outcomes to you.

With 99 years and 6000 projects behind us, we are confident about the future.

We look forward to working with you.

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Industrial Division blossoms in NSW

Hansen Yuncken is enjoying the recent growth of the NSW Industrial Division and at June this year, has secured $120 million of new industrial projects with a further anticipated pipeline of $180 million in the immediate future.

“Our goal is to become the most sought-after Industrial Division in NSW, sought out by clients, and respected by our industry peers.” said NSW Industrial Manager, Jerry Fanos.

“Having a dedicated and professional team with real know-how in the industrial world has delivered strong client relationships and growing achievement in this sector. The values held by the team inspire success and the best possible results for clients. Through innovation, creativity, flexibility and professional integrity, our energy and attention is centred on what counts.

In this market, key project milestones and completion dates are critical to clients and future tenants. As a team, we pride ourselves on reaching these dates. This can only be done with a holistic team approach and involving all team members including consultants and subcontractors. Of course there will be challenges and problems along the way, that is the nature of construction. The key is to identify any problems early and solve them safely and efficiently”.

Having collaborated with clients such as Altis Property Partners, HB&B, Dexus, Goodman, Qube Logistics and Quintessential Equity our success to date has been driven by our ability to deliver on time, safely and to the level of quality expected by our clients. With a genuine commitment to adopt a ‘best for project’ rather than ‘best for company’ attitude, our people and values are core to the team’s success.

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F O C U S E D on the future

Our 2017 Review proudly showcases a varied portfolio of projects that demonstrate our commitment to a quality end product.

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