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Following the departure of Simon Butt, incumbent Director & General Manager Mark Bauer has now been appointed Manteena Group CEO. On Monday 23 August, it was announced that Simon was stepping aside from his daily role of Chief Executive Officer, shareholder, and director of the companies making up the Manteena Group. Mark will focus on the executive management across Manteena’s three main business streams: commercial, security and residential—whilst still maintaining a strategic operational role for all commercial works.
“Although the industry is facing significant challenges during the pandemic, Manteena is well positioned both financially and at an operational level with its capability and capacity to ride out this wave,” Mark said.
“We are looking ahead to the construction industry rebounding from the current pandemic situation and I’m really excited to expand my role and lead the Manteena Group into the next phase of its development”.
Mark is a director of Manteena – a position he’s held since 2000. In 2004, he was given responsibility for the general management of all Canberra activities as Canberra Branch Manager, in response to the strategic expansion of the company to include business operations in other regions. Mark officially became General Manager in 2008 and now succeeds Simon Butt in the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Manteena Group CEO Simon Butt has announced that he is stepping aside from his daily role of Chief Executive Officer, shareholder, and director of the companies making up the Manteena Group, effective 13 August 2021.
Simon started with Manteena in 1989, when company founder John Hailey employed him as a Project Manager. In 1994, Simon was invited into the business as a shareholder and upon John’s retirement, he then assumed the role of CEO to lead the company through a period of significant growth and expansion. In a career spanning 42 years, Simon has made a significant contribution to Manteena and the construction industry, particularly in the role of National President of the Master Builders Australia (2019-current).
Simon has had the fortune of working on and being associated with projects at many of the iconic national institutions, which make Canberra such a special place: National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Old Parliament House, Parliament House, Australian War Memorial and Anzac Parade.
The team at Manteena, both past and present, wish to extend their best wishes to Simon in his future endeavours and thank him for his outstanding contribution to the company.

Passers-by the National Library of Australia may have noticed the bright orange temporary sheeting installed on the building since mid-last year, the end result of the January 2020 hailstorm which caused significant damage to the Library’s existing 60-year old copper roof system.

The Manteena team is back to undertake two major upgrade projects at the National Library of Australia: with works progressing internally with alterations, refurbishments and upgrades to the existing HVAC systems across all eight floors of the Library; and externally, works commenced on-site last week to restore the damaged cooper roof (with many large hail dents clearly visible across the entire NLA roof, some holes several centimetres in diameter).  The grates on top of the roof were also severely damaged by the hail. Quick action by Library staff meant that the Library’s collection was not impacted by this damage.

The works, which will be staged to limit disruption to the Library’s operations and visitor experience, will also provide the opportunity to remove insulation materials enclosed in roof spaces on the underside of the sheeting.

The HVAC program requires the demolition and removal of a number of items of HVAC plant and equipment and provide the supply, installation and commissioning of new HVAC systems.

Works are expected to run progressively over the next few years with several staged handovers planned along the way.

Students at Burgmann have officially turned the first sod, signalling the commencement of works to build a new Middle School Design Hub at the Burgmann campus in Forde.
 
Manteena is excited to be onsite and partnering with Cox Architecture plus Build& to deliver these works for the school community. The building will enhance the Burgmann campus by providing an innovative educational space dedicated to the arts consisting of: Design Rooms, Workshops, Amenities, Informal Learning, Hub, GLA, Storerooms, Breakout Spaces, lift, Art Rooms, Music Rooms + associated hard & soft landscaping.
 
This project marks the 5th consecutive school in a row for our specialist education project delivery team in recent years. Their experience, skill and efficiency will guide the works through to its completion scheduled for late 2021.
 
Manteena’s capability is the education space can be viewed at our brand-new website here: Schools

Congratulations to our CEO, Simon Butt, who was elected President of the Master Builders Australia!

This is the second time in its 129 year history that a Canberran will lead the peak building and construction body—the only national voice representing all sectors of the industry.

We know first-hand of Simon’s passion for building & construction therefore the MBA will benefit immensely from his experience and leadership.

New appointment – Senior Construction Manager |

Manteena is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierse Gilmartin into the role of Senior Construction Manager.

Pierse is a highly respected building professional with over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry. He has a comprehensive understanding of building techniques covering many different building styles, from single storey cottage residences to multi-storey unit developments and office buildings. We are excited to have Pierse join the team to lead our construction efforts for all Manteena projects; to ensure each project is delivered safely and effectively to the high standards demanded by our clients.

NGA appoints Manteena for 3-year program of works |

Home to a collection of more than 153,000 works of art—the largest of any art gallery in Australia—the National Gallery of Australia is once again entrusting Manteena to undertake significant infrastructure works within the building.

The gallery was built in the 1970s and completed in 1981. A program of works for replacement and refurbishment of aging infrastructure nearing its’ end-of-life will be implemented over the next three financial years. Some examples include: façade and roofing; fire systems; electrical & mechanical upgrades; lighting; security; and lifts, etc.

Manteena Director, Rod Mitton, first worked in the NGA for Manteena in 1987 and has undertaken numerous projects within the gallery since that time; more recently, Rod was the Senior Project Manager for the award-winning New Entrance and 11 Indigenous Galleries built in 2010. Rod explains that the project program is made up of multiple projects.

“The gallery is open 364 days a year, therefore a level of detailed planning is required to ensure the works don’t interfere with normal gallery operations.”

Rod adds, “the priority will be to determine the sequencing of works in relation to updating and replacing critical infrastructure while maintaining continued operations within the gallery”.

“We’ll now start the process of putting together the consultant teams for each package of work, setting up our team, site offices and implementing the schedule of works”. “This is particularly challenging for the mechanical/electrical system upgrades because the artwork needs to remain in a stable environmental condition. But we have an excellent knowledge of the building from our past experience and our plans reflect an efficient strategy to deliver the work”.

“We’re really excited to be back working with the NGA,” Rod said.

Works will be staged through until 2022.

Manteena to build new Lao Embassy in O’Malley |

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has appointed Manteena Commercial to build Stage 1 of its new Embassy development in O’Malley. Lao Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Sisavath Inphachanh & Manteena CEO, Mr Simon Butt, signed the contract to officially mark the commencement of the project.

Stage 1 will feature a new Chancery, Ambassador’s Residence and 10 bedroom self-contained units for staff and guest accommodation.

The buildings’ design is reflective of Lao architectural including use of materials such as terracotta roofs with “flyaway” gables that feature a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Naga. There is a mixture of external finishes featuring shot-blasted blockwork and a combination of face brickwork, stone and wood panelling.

Internally the buildings are more contemporary, suited to modern working and living environments. The buildings are linked via garden paths that traverse steep terraces that will be planted with mature trees and shrubs.

Manteena Director & Project Director, Rod Mitton, explained, “Manteena’s involvement in this project started 12 months ago when we joined the team as part of the Early Contractor Involvement phase”.

“We’ve worked closely with the Lao Embassy & design team to finalise the design and confirm building costs; we’re now eager to commence construction,” Rod said.

“The final design is stunning. I think His Excellency Mr Sisavath Inphachanh, his staff and visitors can be very excited for what we are about to build.”

Manteena has a long and successful history of working on diplomatic projects. The High Commission of Samoa project was recently awarded a National MBA Award for “Best commercial/industrial building under $5M”, in 2018. Other recent projects include: Samoan Parliament House (Apia); US Embassy security upgrades; New Zealand High Commission refurbishment; Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; and Australian Embassy upgrades in the: USA, UK, South America, Africa, Middle-East and throughout the Asia/Pacific.

Manteena awarded University of Canberra fitout works contract |

The University of Canberra has contracted Manteena, as the Managing Contractor, to finalise design and undertake significant demolition & fitout works to Building 5, Building 6, Building 1, UC Lodge and the data centre.

The team is currently setting up on site, with plans in place to begin demolition within Building 5 over the coming weeks.

The package of works includes:

This project reaffirms Manteena’s commitment to work collaboratively with the University of Canberra to undertake significant works on campus. The project is due for completion later in 2019.

Simon Butt appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra |

We are pleased to announce that Manteena CEO, Simon Butt, has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra by the Vice-Chancellor & President of the University. Congratulations Simon!