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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 Security is excited to release a project video of a recent installation completed for Aquaterro. Supported by our partner Action Target, Manteena were commissioned to turn-key the design, supply and installation of a 100m indoor shooting range.

It was a pleasure working with the team at Aquaterro on this world-class shooting range and one that sets the standard for commercial ranges here in Australia.

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 the team of: Danny, Scott, Anthony and Barrie!

Manteena Residential takes out a double at the 2020 HIA ACT/Southern NSW Housing Awards — winning the Heritage Renovation Project of the Year.

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Manteena Residential, Dept. of Design and Architects Ring & Associates have been awarded a Judges Commendation for the Custom Built/Project Home more than $2million category, in the 2020 Master Builders Excellence Awards. The judging team were impressed by the with the variety of materials used throughout the home’s interior and the high quality in which it was delivered.

Congratulations to the construction team of: Danny, Anthony, Al, Barrie, Mark, Same, Liam, Lewis and Chris!

Congratulations to the team of: Danny, Anthony, Adam, Lewis, Liam, Emma, Mark, Chris, Barrie, Matty, Sam, Aiden and Kasper!

Manteena Residential’s Ebden Street Ainslie project has won the 2020 ACT & Southern NSW HIA Housing Award for Renovation/Addition Project of the Year and category winner of Renovation/Addition Project Over $650,000.

The Ainslie residence included the renovation of the existing 1940’s Cottage located on the site, and the addition of a significant pavilion extension and carport. While not formally heritage listed, the client was keen to retain the Cottage which was run down, but charming and with “good bones”.

There was a desire to respect and retain the streetscape character, which attracted the owners to the location, and also completed an addition which is unashamedly modern, and yet sympathetic to the setting in terms of scale, siting, and materiality.

Overall to client took five years from purchase to tender to develop the design and documentation of the project, and then pursued a traditional lump sum contact model to ensure the scope and requirements were clearly documented in detail, to ensure the desired design intent and quality were readily understood and delivered by the builder. Manteena successfully bid for the project by demonstrating an clear understanding of the client’s objectives and willingness to undertake a collaborative working arrangement.

Manteena Residential and Cox Architecture have been awarded a Judges Commendation for the Renovation/Extension more than $1million category, in the 2020 Master Builders Excellence Awards. The judging team were impressed by the harmony between the original home and the new construction, with a high attention to detail paid to all finishing’s and fixtures.
Congratulations to the construction team of: Danny, Anthony, Adam, Lewis, Liam, Emma, Mark, Chris, Barrie, Matty, Sam, Aiden and Kasper!

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.

Manteena partnered with stakeholders to work together, collaboratively and honestly, through an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase to support the production of the Pre-Tender Estimate (PTE) and ultimately provide a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Design & Construct (D&C) Lump Sum Price.
The site consists of approx. 8,200m² of hillside land, overlooking the Woden Town Centre in Canberra upon which the brief called for an embassy complex containing a chancery, ambassador’s residence, staff quarters and a function hall. The masterplan developed responses to a multitude of factors including: a hierarchy of building visibility to the street, security zoning, minimising cut to to fill, maximising solar aspect and view opportunities.
Ideas of cultural embedment were included at design principle level such as: the pavilion style layout, the simple forms and materials, layering of roofs, formalized courtyards to in-between space, and the rice paddy like terracing of the ground plane. The natural contours and vegetation bleeds in from the edges blurring the line of where informal meets formal.
Highlights of the project include the high pitched roof, gold naga (roof status/sculpture at gable ends) and high level timber cladding, which were all chosen to represent traditional Lao architecture. Interesting upon handover to the client, all buildings required one
person to sleep alone on a single solitary bed for three nights in order to bless the buildings with good spirits.
Congratulations to construction team of: Rod, Jack, Ed, Simon, Pierse, Remo, Boz and Khyll.

COVID-19 Surge Centre built in 36 days |

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 to build COVID-19 Emergency Department |

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