Endings and Beginnings - Marching On into Autumn
Last month we wished farewell to a much-loved member of the Metrowest team. Gary Birchall has been the Design Manager at Metrowest Constructions for almost fifteen years, and has decided that it is time to retire to the countryside. Whilst we couldn’t be any happier for Gary as he commences his new adventures, he will certainly be missed by all at Metrowest. However, where one door closes another opens and we now say hello to Douglas MacArthur, who will be taking over the role. Welcome to the team, Dougie!
Among the turmoil and uncertainty that March has brought us, Metrowest Constructions have had a productive few weeks, with the Cuddles Early Learning & Childcare Centre in Byford reaching Practical Completion. Thank you to everyone who took part in this build, photos to be released soon.
As we were wrapping up one project, another began to mobilise and as of last week construction commenced on our new Gwelup site. This will be another childcare centre, and we are excited to see it beginning to take shape.
Happy Chinese New Year from Metrowest!
2019 was a busy one; the Year of the Pig was said to hold good fortune and prosperity and here at Metrowest we were certainly on the receiving end of that. Looking back over the last twelve months, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite moments:
Byford United Service Station reached completion in October. This big projects was a challenge, with water retention playing a substantial part in deadline pressure. However, thanks to the enormous effort and commitment from everyone involved, we were able to deliver it on time and to a very high standard. Good job team.
Byford was a thriving surburb for us last year, with another crew working just a few meters away on the new Repco building. Be sure to keep an eye out next time you are looking for brake pads and air fresheners!
The many Pie Faces that you might see popping up on your morning commute was another project of ours this year, and it’s not over yet! Soon busy travellers all over Perth will be able to grab a hot pie with their fuel: you’re welcome!
We wrapped up 2019 with a staff outing to Maniax, the axe throwing specialists in Northbridge. If you haven’t heard of them, I’m sure you will soon as their hidden gem will not be hidden for long. A much-enjoyed morning spent nourishing our inner Vikings, so a big thanks to the team at Maniax for providing some hilarity this Christmas do.
According to Chinese belief, the Year of the Rat represents the beginning of the new day, so watch this space as we are expecting some exciting months ahead as we go further into the new decade.
Farms in Australia are now using Fancom’s award winning eYeGrow.
With many integrators putting a major focus on Precision Livestock farming, Metrowest recently installed its first camera into a commercial grow/finish farm with R&D facilities, located in South Australia. With Fancom’s award winning eyeGrow 3D infrared camera installed our client can enjoy the benefits of –
Permanent, no-stress weighing of finishers without growth loss
No extra labour input
Improvement on feed strategy for better feed profit
Optimal delivery strategy without weight reductions
The eYeGrow features -
More than 97% accuracy
Easy installation without calibration
Fits perfectly in existing houses
Does not take up space in the pen or affect the number of animals
No additional lighting needed
Suitable for finishers >40 kg
2018 ASI WA Steel Excellence Awards - High Commendation for iFly Indoor Skydiving Project
Above: Representatives of the iFly Indoor Skydiving Project Team displaying their certificates of High Commendation received in the 2018 ASI WA Steel Excellence Awards.
Metrowest's Senior Building Administrator, Gary Birchall, is pictured second from the left. Jasmat Steel's Glen Melling is pictured second from the right.
Metrowest Constructions were awarded the Belmont iFly Indoor Skydiving Centre project in early March 2016 and the first company we approached was Jasmat Steel Fabrication.
We required early trade involvement and award because the project required acceleration from day 1 to meet the client program. Having worked with the company over the past 13 years on difficult D&C projects that required precision detailing and fabrication Glen Melling and his team were always going to become an integral part of the project team.
Jasmat had the task of first understanding a wind tunnel system that was more akin to an aerospace project than a normal building design. In some areas we were dealing with construction tolerances of + or – 3mm up to 25mm for the structure so it could integrate with the flying chamber equipment. The vendor supplied equipment from America which was transported in 12 shipping containers and it had to be built on site before its final lift into position. There was no room for any alignment errors with the structural steel support structure which would have had major implications on the overall construction budget and program.
The design team worked through the construction sequencing starting with the in-ground plenum through to the steel framing for the composite floor slabs and tilt panels for the return air towers. Jasmat had the difficult task of converting the design into a practical structural steel solution including many unorthodox rolled plates with very tight radii.
At critical hold points in the design development stage our primary structure and wind tunnel components were scrutinised by the client’s wind tunnel engineers for accuracy and detail checking.
We reached practical completion in early December 2016 which made an overall construction duration of 9 months including council approvals and a fully documented design.
Jasmat Steel Fabrication were a key stakeholder in the design evolution and a major influence on a very successful project outcome.
Metrowest congratulates Jasmat Steel Fabrication on receiving a High Commendation for Steel Excellence in Buildings - Large Projects from the Australian Steel Institute in their 2018 ASI WA Steel Excellence Awards for their work on the iFly Indoor Skydiving Project.
An Experienced Development Management Partner for Landowners, Investors and Tenants
Metrowest Special Projects (MSP) is a turn key development management business for landowners, investors and tenants. The MSP team is focussed on the end to end delivery of any/all aspects of the property development process including but not limited to:
Tenant identification and leasing
Project feasibility and costing
Authority and Government approvals
Design and documentation
MSP deals with national tenants, and has history and experience in mixed use developments including service stations, childcare centres, aged care facilities, retail developments, medical centres and hotels.
The direct link to Metrowest Constructions ensures our projects are delivered on time, on budget and of the highest quality.
Metrowest’s strong administration and project management background ensures MSP is best equipped to deliver the highest quality projects, including tenants, financial returns and building quality. For further information contact Site Acquisition and Development Manager, Peter Breckenridge by email, email@example.com or telephone: (08) 9416 0666.
Metrowest's Approach to Safety Recognised by Principal Contractor
In May, Metrowest Electrical & Communications commenced working on a design and construct electrical fitout job in the CBD for a major bank. The Principal Contractor run the project with safety and safety awareness being of paramount importance and to this end introduced Project Safety Awards to recognise and acknowledge individuals meeting target safety objectives.
With the project reaching practical completion this week, the Principal Contractor announced the winners of the Project Safety Awards; Of the five awards, Metrowest were awarded four.
The Metrowest Group is proud of the contribution and subsequent achievement of the individual members of the project team and of the project team as a whole. There's no doubt when good people work with good systems good results are achieved.
Master Builders - Bankwest Excellence in Construction Award Winner
Metrowest Constructions were proud to receive the award for Best Public Use Building (under $20 million) at the annual Master Builders - Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards evening. The award was in recognition of their work on the iFly Indoor Skydiving Centre in Rivervale.
Metrowest Constructions undertook the design and construct of this facility. Constructing to a tolerance of 3mm to enable wind speeds up to 270km/h and integrating the assembly and installation of more than 5,000 client supplied components. The building consisted of a basement plenum plus Ground and 4 floors. The design and construction was accomplished in a compressed period of 34 weeks exclusive of inclement weather delays. Achieving an accelerated completion and allowing the client to open for business prior to Christmas.
The project required an intense focus on design accuracy, construction tolerances, detailed programming of procurement and work and commissioning. Each phase of the project facilitated the success of the next stage with the additional challenge of building through the unusually difficult Perth winter.
Metrowest Group congratulates the Metrowest Construction team on their success.
Fantura Reaches Western Australia
A local contract grower for Ingham's, is the first farm in Western Australia using the Fantura air inlet system.
Metrowest undertook the base build and fitout of the 160 m x 17.4 m poultry house. The climate is managed according to the MTT climate system with a Lumina 38 Controller. Other Fancom equipment used are iFans in chimneys and end walls as well as the Fantura air inlet system with iM.60 actuators. In addition Farm Manager and FarmManager for Broilers are used for complete farm control.
Climate conditions in Western Australia allow the use of the Fantura >-5 version. The Lumina 38 can control the ventilation in different zones. This is a perfect solution for long buildings such as this one. In each zone the Fantura inlets are operated by their own iM.60 actuator for more uniform climate conditions in the house.
Above: Chandala Poultry farm new poultry house
Metrowest recognised at AIB WA Annual Awards Night
The AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards recognises professional excellence of individuals' in the building and construction process, as opposed, to the project or completed structure. These awards are about how it was built, not what was built.
Metrowest was thrilled at the recent AIB WA Annual Awards night when Project Manager Garry Lawrence was awarded the Certificate of High Commendation in the Project Management category for his management methods, organisational skills and the innovative techniques he used to overcome difficulties during the building and construction process for the iFly Indoor Skydiving project.
In addition to Garry, the award recognised the contribution made by Garry's team - Aaron Norrish, Gary Birchall, Jerome Walter, Tim Dick and Arthur Kowalski.
Metrowest congratulates Garry Lawrence on this well deserved industry achievement. We are proud to be associated with Garry and the iFly Indoor Skydiving project team members.
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves” Lao Tzu
Metrowest representatives celebrate at the AIB Annual Awards night
From Left: Tim Dick (Projects Coordinator), Mark Lewington (General Manager),
Garry Lawrence (Project Manager), James Robinson (Managing Director)
Above: Fancom ventlation system installation
Above: Joe & Rita Sacca at the Vencomatic Group headquarters in The Netherlands
Cage Free Farming
Forrestdale Fresh Farm Eggs is a WA family owned and run business consisting of a combination of both Caged and Caged Free egg production houses.
Metrowest recently commissioned their second new Caged Free production building, providing turnkey solution using a combination of in-house design along with equipment from leading manufacturers Vencomatic and Fancom.
The new building contains approx 15,000 Laying production hens housed in the Vencomatic Aviary system known as The Bolegg Terrace. The birds are kept in optimum condition through Australian built ventilation fans which are fully automated via the Fancom climate control computer Lumina Touch 38.
Post construction, Metrowest is providing full back-up and technical support to ensure Forrestdale Farm Fresh Eggs is achieving the expected outcomes.
Forrestdale Fresh Farm Egg owners, Joe & Rita, have just completed a visit to Eersel in The Netherlands where they have viewed several farms where The Vencomatic Group develop their systems. This experience will further develop their knowledge as they will have gained valuable information during the farm and factory visits.
Metrowest Constructions is proud to have designed and built WA's first indoor skydiving facility for client, Indoor Skydive Australia Group.
This was a technically challenging and unique project that necessitated global communications with suppliers in the United States and other countries. In addition, starting the main structural phase of the project at the beginning of winter in WA was a tremendous challenge. The June-July rainfall for Perth this year was 249mm, the wettest for those two months since 2011, so the project was interrupted by 30 wet days. Due to the impact of the weather the client requested that Metrowest accelerate the project. Work was undertaken for the final stage of the project on a 7 day basis with multiple shifts through the final weeks.
For Metrowest and its staff, the relationships and support received from all its consultants and sub-trades on this project was a significant factor in influencing the success of the project and early delivery for the client.
Metrowest Constructions is thrilled to have had the opportunity to play a leading role in bringing this facility to the State.
Above: 2016 Australian Indoor Skydiving Championships
Above: Forrestdale Fresh Farm Eggs caged free production house by Metrowest
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems
Metrowest Power Systems (MPS) has for the past few years invested heavily in the latest Photovoltaic (PV) and Hybrid power system technologies and has now added this to its suite of products and services.
As a specialist provider in large scale uninterruptible power systems MPS has the Engineering capability, Design Draftsman and Project Managers to design, model and construct the most complicated PV, Storage and Hybrid systems for both commercial and industrial applications.
Metrowest offers a turnkey EPCM solution.
MPS are currently designing a Diesel PV Hybrid system that includes a 2.5MW PV Array, 1MW battery storage and diesel generation for an off-grid solution to one of our Agriculture clients in SE Asia.
For further information please contact one of our Clean Energy Council accredited installers on
+61 8 9416 0666.
Metrowest Citizenship Award
Metrowest recently completed a $2 million gymnasium build on behalf of client St Andrew’s Grammar. Metrowest Construction’s General Manager, Mark Lewington, attended the opening ceremony along with Project Manager, Quentin Porter.
Named the George and Despina Berbatis Gymnasium in recognition of the Berbatis family’s contribution to the project, the gymnasium was officially opened by Premier Colin Barnett and Federal Senator Linda Reynolds. Supplementary funding was obtained from the Federal and State governments and the Hellenic Community of WA. Principal Simon Midson was grateful in his thanks for the funding support from all contributors.
Metrowest donated the Metrowest Citizenship Award honour board to the school. Future recipients of the award will be students who exhibit good citizenship skills and who are caring and productive members of the student body.
The gymnasium will expand the school’s sporting facilities and allow the students to play badminton, volleyball and in-door soccer, in addition to basketball and netball, on campus. The complex also provides a multi-purpose classroom for the school’s dance programme and physical education theory and substantial change rooms for the students.