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BHA PROJECT MANAGEMENT (BHAPM), THE VICTORIAN PROJECT MANAGEMENT FIRM THAT SPECIALISES IN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND PROGRAM DELIVERY, HAS BEEN TASKED WITH DELIVERING A NEW PROGRAM FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

“The Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) (a division of the Department of Education) is using modular prefabricated construction for the delivery of 100 permanent buildings under the new program, Permanent Modular School Buildings,” confirms BHAPM Director Nick Strongman.

He adds that while the program was considered for an initial program to replace up to 100 school buildings that are in poor condition or with other risk attributes, such as high amounts of asbestos, the modular program looks set to grow beyond its original purpose over time.

“The VSBA believes by prefabricating the buildings off-site, construction time and cost may be reduced. ‘Lean manufacturing techniques’ can reduce waste and save costs and time. Higher quality can also be produced through the more controlled production environment of the factory. In addition, building sites are largely eliminated and students are therefore safer, and teachers can teach with less disruption.”

“The VSBA believes by prefabricating the buildings off-site, construction time and cost may be reduced. ‘Lean manufacturing techniques’ can reduce waste and save costs and time. Higher quality can also be produced through the more controlled production environment of the factory.”  BHAPM Director Nick Strongman.

“We have created a panel of 15 modular contractors and  we currently have 30 projects in progress. The remaining 70 projects will be completed over the next three years,” Strongman confirms.

OF THE 30 PROJECTS UNDERWAY:

  • 5 projects were scheduled for completion by the start
  • 2 projects will be completed by the start of term 2 2018
  • 8 projects will be completed by June 30, 2018
  • 15 projects will be completed by the October 30, 2018

SOUTHMOOR PRIMARY SCHOOL

Of the recently completed projects, BHAPM was commissioned by the Victorian School Building Authority to deliver a new architect-designed modular building for Southmoor Primary School to replace existing blocks with new classrooms and an art room. The project team comprised BHAPM as Project Managers along with Grove and K20 Architects as architects.

Southmoor Primary School, established in 1963, is situated in the bayside suburb of Moorabbin, 21 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, and is one of the first schools to benefit from the Permanent Modular School Buildings Program.

“The project consisted of the replacement of two standalone teaching facilities, which had been identified as containing high-risk asbestos, totalling 800 square metres,” says Strongman. “The new buildings contain general purpose classrooms, staff facilities, and a standalone art room. These modular buildings offer a fast and efficient solution, are sustainable and innovatively designed, with a comparable lifespan to bricks and mortar structures.”

“The new buildings contain general purpose classrooms, staff facilities, and a standalone art room. These modular buildings offer a fast and efficient solution, are sustainable and innovatively designed, with a comparable lifespan to bricks and mortar structures.”  BHAPM Director Nick Strongman.  

“The Project Management Framework BHAPM has implemented for the delivery of modular school facilities requires less time for planning and construction, resulting in reduced disruption to students, staff, and teaching programs. The project was awarded on 5 October 2017, the design finalised by 12 November, the project delivered on 9 January 2018, and handed over to the school on 26 January, resulting in an exceptionally fast delivery time of 22 weeks and comprising only 12 working days onsite.”

Strongman confirms that the total budget was $2.6 million with a build cost of $2,625 per square metre and a project cost of $3,300 per square metre. ■


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