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Trustee of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Wollongong


September 2012



Delivery Method

Lump Sum

Excellence in Building Award 2103

Commercial Building $5M-$10M
Master Builders ACT

All Saints Catholic Church is located Corner College Avenue & Glider Avenue, Shellharbour NSW.

The works involved the construction of a new church consisting of a Main Hall, Sanctuary, Sacristy, Lobby, Vestry, a small Kiosk, Flower Preparation, Parents Room, Children Liturgy, Choir area, various Wet Areas and Change Rooms on the Ground Level.

A Lower Ground Floor consists of a Cathecist Centre, Kitchenette, Office, Entry Foyer, various Storage Areas and Wet Areas.

Externally, the works consist of a bitumen car park with a capacity of 97 car spaces and an additional 7 car spaces dedicated for disabled car parking. Other areas included new Courtyards, hard and soft landscaping and a Bell Tower.

The building is made of a reinforced concrete & steel structure frame with a suspended concrete slab. The external walls are a combination of various building elements including, face brickwork, polished finish precast concrete, aluminium panelling and aluminium windows. Additional external elements include a Klip-Lok and Custom Orb metal roofs, aluminium sun shading louvers, and villaboard soffit.

Internally, the walls are a combination of face brickwork, rendered walls, glass framed partitions, steel stud walls with various linings, fire rated and acoustic treated walls. Floors are predominately carpet, ceramic floor tiles, vinyl and concrete. The flooring to the Sanctuary and Entry Foyer is marble. The ceiling to the Hall & Sanctuary are lined with villaboard and solid Tasmanian Oak battens and lined with an acoustic backing fabric.

The work included all associated hydraulic services, electrical services including light, power, data, fire detection and ventilation systems.

The construction time frame for the project was 52 calendar weeks however an arson attack, which occurred just prior to lockup up stage, added approximately one year to the program. The extensive demolition and extended the overall construction period to 121 weeks.

Smoke related damaged equated to ~$3m and caused a 9-month delay to the program whilst demolition and reconstruction activities occurred. In spite of the loss adjustor trying to re-use and recycle as many of the materials as possible, the reality was that very little could be salvaged—about 2%.

Overall the reconstruction process was handled exceptionally well between the Client, the Loss Adjustor, Manteena and all its subcontractors.

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