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.
“The Link” building was officially opened at a VIP event, with guests gathering to hear presentations from Riverview Developments Managing Director, David Maxwell; Minister for the Arts and Community Events, Gordon Ramsay; Land Development Agency Greenfields Executive Director, Tom Gordon; and Strathnairn Arts Association Director, Peter Haynes.
The multi-purpose centre now provides space for sales and display for the Ginninderry development, community hall space, training/class room, administration/office space, multi-purpose catering space and large gathering area. In addition to this a portion of the building space will also be occupied by Strathnairn as a display area for artwork.
“The opening of The Link represents an important milestone achievement in what is anticipated to be a 30-year project, but also the first tangible example of what future residents can expect from the team’s commitment to encouraging sustainable living”. – Ginninderry Project Team
Built by Manteena, the community centre features a mix of recycled timber products, Colorbond and fiberglass cladding, recycled bricks and corten metal cladding. It is a credit to the site team and all sub-contractors who worked together to deliver the works by the official launch date; as the program was severely impacted by wet weather encountered during the early stages of the project (earthworks, in-ground services and ground slab). Other highlights include: value management initiatives, which saved the client thousands of dollars; and environmental management, which saw the relining of a leaking dam next to site and the relocation of frogs, tadpoles, turtles and yabbies into a new ecosystem on a adjacent property.