Truganina P9 School

Location: Truganina, Melbourne, VIC

Client: KANE

Date: 2018

The Truganina East P-9 School project consists of the construction of new school buildings and the surrounding landscape for Truganina East P-9 School as part of the GASP (Growth Area Schools Project) Government initiative.

Ace Landscape was responsible for all soft landscaping and irrigation including supply and install of associated furniture and fixtures under direction of Kane Construction.

The school is in a residential precinct and is adjacent to residential roads. In the vicinity is a sports complex, residential housing and small primary school. Noise, mud and/or dust and other factors that may affect the surrounding area were some issues monitored by ACE and the client.

 

Deakin Uni Courtyards

Location: Burwood, VIC

Client: Deakin University

Date: 2018

Ace Landscape Services was engaged by Deakin University to undertake the upgrade of two courtyards on their grounds.

 

COURTYARD : BUILDING P

As well as our Landscape team upgrading the courtyard of Building P, our Ace Maintenance team were there for the following 13 weeks, keeping it in tip top shape.

 

COURTYARD : BUILDING M

Courtyard M was also maintained by our Ace Maintenance team for the following 13 weeks after completion.

Monash University Landscaping

Location: Monash University Caulfield Campus

Client: Turner & Townsend Thinc Pty Ltd (on behalf of Monash University)

Date:  August 2017 – March 2018

In May 2017, Ace Landscape services was awarded works in excess of $10m to revitalise Monash University’s Caulfield Campus. The contracted works were the implementation of the Taylor Cullity Lethlean designed campus master plan to modernise the campus, linking all the building with a high-quality pedestrian friendly space. The scope of works was extensive and centred around transforming the existing Queens Avenue, the road running through the centre of the Campus, to a major pedestrian thoroughfare linking the adjoining buildings with the adjoining green and recreational spaces.

Works consisted of the following major elements:

  • Demolition
  • Installation of a new fire ring main
  • Gas main
  • Electrical and communication conduits
  • Directional bore under existing building
  • Timber decking and screw piles
  • 60mm thick granite paving
  • Building façade works to Mama dukes courtyard including structural steel, expended metal cladding and structural glass canopies
  • Precast and insitu concrete seating
  • Irrigation works
  • Street furniture
  • Lighting
  • Planting

The project was very challenging and technically demanding. Whilst the final product is impressive the hidden work below the surface was where the real work lies.  With over 100 years of services within the ground and very limited information, all excavation proved challenging. Ace utilised Non-destructive excavation techniques to facilitate the works and as a credit to our staff, no services were hit during the course of the works.  All this was achieved whilst working in on fully operational university campus, maintaining all access and services to each building as well as minimising  noise and dust.

The project was successfully completed on time and budget and to the satisfaction of the client .

It was presented as part of Open House Vic as well as receiving the ‘Landscape Architecture’ award in the Civil Landscape catergory of the AILA Victoria awards. Congratulations to the designers Glas Landscape Architects and well done to the Ace Landscape team involved in this project.

 

Victorian New Schools PPP

Location: Cranbourne North, Mernda, Point Cook and North Geelong, Victoria

Client: Watpac Construction

Date: November 2015 – Jan 2018

Watpac, as part of the Learning Communities Victoria consortium, delivered the New Schools Project PPP for the Victorian State Government. The consortium built and will maintain 15 new government schools across Victoria, including primary, secondary and special schools, in addition to some community facilities. The schools are located in the state’s fastest growing areas.
Each of the new schools will also function as a community hub, opening up access to a range of facilities for local families. The project provides gyms, swimming pools, meeting spaces, adult learning spaces, and childcare facilities alongside world-class school facilities.

Ace is delivering civil and landscape construction at the following four new schools, as part of Tranche 1 and 2, for Watpac:
1. Casey Central East Primary School
2. Mernda Central, Prep – Year 12 School
3. Point Cook South, Prep – Year 9 School
4. North Geelong Special Developmental School (SDS)

 

Melton Main Road Bridge

Location: Melton, Victoria

Client: VicRoads

Date: February – April 2016

ACE recently delivered the reconstruction of the 4 lane Melton Main Road (High Street) Bridge, over Toolern Creek, for VicRoads. Initially it was to be a strengthening project, but became a reconstruction project.

The project was a showcase for many of ACE’s disciplines. We managed the civil, infrastructure, environmental, electrical and landscape aspects of the project.

This project was extremely time sensitive, it required the total closure of this road during construction and ACE worked collaboratively, to a tight schedule, in order to reopen the bridge and road for through traffic.

Scope of works for the contract included:

  • Traffic management
  • Demolition of the superstructure
  • Excavation and construction of mass concrete bridge approaches
  • Modification of abutments, wing walls and piers
  • Construction of bridge & pylons
  • Construction of 23 reinforced concrete piles for off-structure barriers
  • Drainage
  • Road surfacing, line marking
  • Fencing and road furniture
  • Soft landscaping including planting

Key Delivery Challenges: 

  • Technical Issues – The original design involved the deck being post tensioned during trafficking over one side. This was not technically achievable and ACE proposed to close the road for a 3-week period and demolish and re-build the deck in order to maintain the quality of the project and minimise disruption and safety concerns to the public.  The result was a safer construction site, a drastically reduced construction program and reduced duration of interruption.
  • Traffic Management – High Street, Melton, carries 16,200 vpd. A full bridge/road closure occurred from mid-February to mid-March 2016, with detours via Yuille Street and Melton Valley Road. The closure was followed by a partial lane closure over a two week period. Traffic was managed to maintain vehicle access to Hannah Watts Park and 24 hour access to nearby properties.
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Management – An existing shared path passed under the bridge. An alternative shared path was provided to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists during the 5 weeks of bridge construction.
  • Working over Toolern Creek – The bridge was located within a flood plain, and the area experienced frequent flooding. The works were scheduled during the summer, to reduce the risk of flooding impact. An approved containment system plan and permit to work was established prior to commencement of the works, to meet the needs of Melbourne Water, and an approved containment system plan and permit to work was established prior to the commencement of works.
    An environmental management plan was developed and approved by VicRoads to enable ACE to construct a piling pad in the existing waterway. The plan involved protection of the existing creek bed, removal and reinstatement of the rock and natural fetchers and sediment control both up stream and down.
  • Recycled Water Main – Prior to demolition, an existing water main was attached to the bridge and was lowered. After installation of the new bridge beams, the water main was installed in its new location.
  • Significant trees – There were significant trees in close proximity to the works. An arborist was engaged prior to tree pruning and a Tree Protection Zone was established during the construction work.