Professional Excellence Award 2014
Club Googong is located on a 3,000m2 site in the new Googong North sub-division.
The building itself covers approximately 1,200m2. It includes a heated indoor 25m pool, external splash deck with water toys, gym, kitchen, café, shop and indoor recreational facilities.
Externally the remainder of the block is landscaped and also includes a tiered water feature that is constructed over a stormwater path and “man-made” creek.
The building is constructed using a raft slab on ground with some suspended slabs for the water feature and basement plantroom roof. The structure itself is a mixture of structural steel and reinforced concrete ‘Dincel’ walls.
The roofing over the pool is a 200mm thick composite ‘Ritek’ roof with a specialised material on the underside which is suitable for use in an aquatic environment.
The façade of the building is a mixture of masoned stone work, face brick work, glazing, vitrapanel and painted fibre cement linings. Internally the front entry foyer is also lined with the masoned stone cladding and has an acoustic perforated plasterboard ceiling and polished concrete floors.
The pool installation was a first of its kind in Canberra or the surrounding region. The pool walls and integrated gutter are fabricated from stainless steel in 900mm modules and erected on site. The panels are pre-lined with a bonded PVC coating, each panel is hot air welded using a special insert strip to the panel next to it. The concrete floor slab has a PVC membrane that is rolled out and turned up the wall panels and again hot air welded to the wall panels creating a water tight seal.
The polished concrete floors also carry through to the pool lobby where they meet the tiled change rooms and pool hall. The pool hall itself is a fully tiled double height structure sitting 7m above the pool at the high point with painted structural steel feature trusses exposed to view.
Key challenges of this project were working within an operational civil site including:
- Coordinating access and egress requirements, which often changed on a daily basis;
- Coordinating our construction works with the civil works. i.e. services trenches, road construction, kerb and gutter, etc;
- Attending fortnightly coordination meetings with the client, main civil and landscaping contractors;
- Coordinating connecting civil and landscaping works surrounding the building;
- No services available during construction;
- Resolving the adhesion issues between the Dincel wall substrate and stone cladding;
- Construction of the indoor pool; and
- Construction of the cascading water feature.