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.
Manteena has won the 2020 MBA ACT Excellence Award in the category: Commercial Building $5million to $20million, for its quality workmanship in building the Lao Embassy in O’Malley.
In the grip of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Manteena has delivered for Aspen Medical, a world class COVID-19 Surge Centre for the ACT and surrounding region in just 36 days.
Manteena was engaged by Aspen Medical under a D&C Contract to deliver a 1,700sqm 51-bed medical facility in response to the pandemic. Working day and night shifts the team had upwards of 130 contractors on-site and completed 22,000 man hours.
The relationship with Aspen Medical and with Manteena was highly collaborative. This enabled the decision-making process to proceed unimpeded with the main objective of fast track delivery of a world standard medical facility always at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
The team achieved practical completion after an initial design phase of 7 days and construction period of just 36 days—not only achieving the goal of a very, very tight program but built to Australian standards and infection control.
The facility is fully self-sufficient by way of public, staff car parking and amenities and is now ready to serve the ACT and surrounding region community.
Manteena is ready and up for the challenge as it is contracted by Aspen Medical to construct the temporary COVID-19 Emergency Department (ED) on Garran Oval, adjacent to the Canberra Hospital. The facility is intended to be fully self-sufficient by way of public and staff car parking and amenities.
No sooner had the Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith, made the ACT Government’s announcement for the facility on Thursday 9th April —the site fencing was erected, and workers had drilled first pile foundations and made the first concrete pours.
Workers on site are practising safe social distancing and personal hygiene by abiding by the government’s new enforcements to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The temporary facility is expected to be operational in May
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.
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.
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.
Following several tragic events around the world involving the flammability of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP), the ACT Government undertook a review of its assets across their portfolio to determine the extent of ACPs used in public buildings here in the ACT and to develop a strategy to adequately address the risks associated with these products.
Manteena was required to engage with a Building Certifier, the ACT Fire Brigade and a Façade and Fire Engineer to work with our team in developing a strategy to replace the non-conforming panels with new compliant panels. The team investigated possible options for the new panels ensuring these panels met the “Deemed to Satisfy” requirements of the BCA.
Once the design and materials were approved, the panels were replaced in a staged program around the building. This included erection of scaffold, removal of existing panels, measuring and ordering of new panels and eventual replacement with concealed mechanically fixed panels.
The project was successfully completed three weeks ahead of schedule and delivered without any incident, accident and or issues affecting patients care or day-to-day hospital operations.
The Samoan High Commission in Canberra was awarded the National Commercial/Industrial Building under $5 million at the Master Builders Australia National Excellence Awards held in Adelaide on the weekend.
Denita Wawn, CEO – Master Builders Australia, when announcing the award said, “Manteena are an icon of the industry, ACT and Canberra Region. It’s great to see they have once again delivered to the highest standard with this award winning project”.
This is a tremendous accolade for the whole team who worked tirelessly to deliver a high quality product, from an aspiration design, for fantastic client.
The award is Manteena’s fourth national title in the past nine years and will sit nicely alongside the CSIRO Entomology Lab, James Turrell “Skyspace” at the National Gallery of Australia and the Garangula Gallery in Harden.