Manteena’s experience in heritage buildings within the parliamentary triangle has been called for again with the appointment of Manteena Security as the Managing Contractor for the Lighting and HVAC upgrades at the Museum of Australian Democracy – Old Parliament House.
The works, which will be delivered in 2 phases, aims to improve building energy efficiency: replacing end-of-life, inoperable and unserviceable heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment; and enhance the lighting throughout the building, including exhibition areas, by installing energy efficient LED lighting.
Works onsite are expected to commence early 2019.
The Honourable Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, and Her Excellency Sara Moriarty, Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, recently inspected progress of the Samoa Parliament project.
Manteena Project Director, Peita de Boer, GMB Principal Architect, Hal Guida, and GMB Project Architect, Will Gardner, were all present in Apia to guide the dignitaries through the almost completed complex.
The project is jointly funded by the Government of Australia and the Government of Samoa.
The building is nearing completion with the incredible sense of light and space above the debating chamber becoming apparent with the scaffold recently removed, and the Prime Minster and High Commissioner were most impressed with the high quality of workmanship by the majority Samoan workforce on site. The project is seen as a key enabler for local capacity building in the construction industry, and the technology being integrated into the debating chamber will be a quantum leap forward and is intended to support parliamentary operations for the next 50 years.
Image – Front row from left:
Peita de Boer – Manteena Project Director
The Honourable Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi – Prime Minister of Samoa
Her Excellency Sara Moriarty – Australian High Commissioner to Samoa
Hal Guida – Principal Architect GMB
Will Gardner – Project Architect GMB
The Master Builders ACT has awarded Manteena a Building Excellence Award in the category: Commercial Building under $5m for the Samoa High Commission in Australia project.
Not only that but our other project in the category — “The Link” Ginninderry Multi-purpose Community Centre — received a Judge’s Commendation.
Unfortunately, St Mary MacKillop College – Stage 1, was pipped in a hotly contested category by the eventual overall winner of “Project of the Year”.
This is a fantastic effort, not only for the project teams, trades and suppliers involved, but to everyone at Manteena who contributed behind the scenes to make each a success.
The Department of Defence has appointed Manteena Security as its Head Contractor to implement a $9m program of capital work upgrades. Works will commence across six defence sites throughout Australia in the coming months with upgrades expected to be completed by early 2018.
The Australian Federal Police has awarded Manteena Security a $50m contract for its Security Enhancement Project. The AFP is undertaking these security upgrades to provide a safer work environment for the AFP workforce.
Facilities in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will receive new two-layer security checkpoints and hostile-vehicle management systems, while new resistance systems and tools to isolate intruders and lock down buildings will be added.
New systems to respond to security incidents and stand-alone servers for security related IT systems will also be installed.
Sydney’s AFP headquarters will get new fixed bollards, to reduce the risk of an attack like the incident at the Merrylands police station in July, in which a man attempted to set off an explosive before driving his car into the basement garage door and setting himself on fire.
Barton Police College and Majura Training Centre in Canberra will have new security boundaries created; and along with the Edmund Barton Building, will also have upgraded security checkpoints and visitor entry controls. Among the early works are new servers and computers for AFP security systems.