The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2012-02-12T23:47:31Z Coffey Projects expands appeal of Auckland Art Gallery 2012-02-12T23:47:31Z coffey-projects-expands-appeal-of-auckland-art-gallery The Coffey Projects-managed multi-million dollar restoration and expansion of the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, is an exciting addition New Zealand’s home of visual arts. Housing a growing collection of over 15,000 works, and the world’s biggest collection of New Zealand art, the Gallery was being limited by the scale and inflexibility of its space. The extension, project managed by Coffey Projects, enables the Gallery to now accept larger exhibitions and display a larger proportion of its vast collection. The restoration and renovation has doubled the Gallery space. The development has also revived the Gallery as a vibrant new focal point within the cultural precinct of the city. The successful blending of the modern extension with the original heritage building has been achieved with stunning results. Coffey Projects was contracted from the outset of the project to advise and assist with the development of the project brief and scope of works, as well as being responsible for the appointment and management of design consultants, management of the construction procurement process and completion of the construction and close-out. According to Coffey Projects New Zealand Manager, Tony Webb, “The greatest challenge was the complexity of the buildings and merging them into the site in such a way that we preserved the character of the heritage park alongside the Gallery, while ensuring the flow between new and heritage buildings in an unforgettable experience for the public. “It was important to maintain connectivity to the park, the surrounding area and people. Using seamless glass frontages that generated large areas of natural light for many of the facades of the new buildings enabled us to successfully do this.” The main gallery, over time, had become six conjoined buildings featuring 17 separate floor plates. This was able to be streamlined down to 6 floor plates. Webb explained, “The many unique spaces and features throughout the building created a complex work front that needed to be knitted together into a coordinated construction timeframe. “Working with limited space, we were able to double the area of the gallery, while ensuring the overall size of the building envelope only increased modestly. This was achieved by the construction of many of the service and back-of-house areas underground. “The limited ceiling height of the existing building presented logistical challenges that we had to overcome. A significant design and construction effort was required to install building services within very tight ceiling spaces. “Overall, we were able to complete what was a very complex project with relatively few issues arising.” The New Zealand Coffey Projects team was able to draw on its strong track record working with the client, the Auckland Council, on the refurbishment of other public heritage buildings and museums, including the Civic Theatre restoration and Queen Street upgrade. One of the team’s strengths, according to Webb, was that “we were able to bring together a very experienced team of project managers, already familiar with inner-city redevelopment on a congested site that contained heritage buildings, situated next to a heritage park”. As well as Auckland Council being pleased with the results, the extension has also received very positive public response since the Gallery reopening. Coffey Projects Serves Up Food Court Delight 2011-12-21T06:47:00Z coffey-projects-serves-up-food-court-delight Coffey International Limited business, Coffey Projects, has recently completed delivery of a new and exciting food hall at The Galeries in Sydney’s CBD. A once dull, underground environment has been transformed into a premium dining destination that is already attracting the city lunch-time crowd. According to Project Director, Coffey Project’s Nelson Silva, “This had been traditionally a difficult retail space – a below-street location with very little natural light. We needed make it an inviting and easily accessible destination for diners, while working within the restraints of a complex fire engineered solution. “Part of the solution was to include a new sculptural staircase to link the food hall to street level. This has had a dramatic effect, as well as being visually stunning; it has had a direct effect on patronage and access to the food court. “The clever application of textured finishes and a layering of design and lighting elements has provided an upmarket feel, and created an uplifting, dynamic environment.” “With the emergence of new retail centres and food offers in the CBD, there was a need to revitalise The Galeries to provide a unique offer and to maintain not only the existing patrons but also attract new customers.” Coffey Projects took on a full project management role to deliver the food hall, which involved 20 months of planning and 5 months of construction, as well as the general upgrade to the retail arcade and signage. Bringing with them expertise in the areas of contract management, design development and consultant management, they were able to successfully refurbish the area without disrupting trade in the centre. Coffey Projects has previously worked for centre owners, Ipoh Pty Ltd, on the major $40 million refurbishment of Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building and Chifley Plaza. Mr Victor Gaspar, Group General Manager of Ipoh, spoke of their satisfaction with the results, “Coffey Projects has once again excelled, producing a fantastic result from a challenging project. We have been particularly delighted with Coffey’s drive and commitment. “The project was completed on time, within budget and with minimal disruption to centre trading.” Coffey Projects deliver new SAPOL Headquarters 2011-10-21T01:56:21Z coffey-projects-deliver-new-sapol-headquarters The South Australia Police (SAPOL) have moved into new state-of-the-art headquarters at 100 Angas Street, Adelaide. The new premises was project managed by Coffey Projects and culminated in the relocation of over 1100 staff from different police units and branches together in the one building. The new $100 million SAPOL headquarters is part of the biggest police-building project in South Australia, and sees the headquarters move for the first time in 20 years, from its Flinders Street location. According to Coffey Projects Project Director, Courtney Procter, “The project team recognised the opportunity to maximise the long term accommodation outcomes for the South Australia Police within a new building that was tailored to their requirements.” These requirements included security features inherent in developing police headquarters as well as careful consideration of the environmental impact. As a result, the base building has been designed to achieve 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built ratings and a 5 star NABERS Energy Base Building rating, while the fitout is aiming for a 5 Star Green Star Office Interiors rating and a 4 star NABERS Energy Tenancy rating. Courtney explained, “Features such as energy efficient lighting and passive chilled beam air conditioning have been selected, in concert with fitout environmentally sustainable design (ESD) initiatives. The number of equipment and appliances has been limited to address energy and water efficiency. As part of this, printers are located centrally, rather than on individual desks hence reducing number and energy consumption. Cleaning will even be done during the day to further minimise energy consumption. “The positioning of open work stations has been deliberate, with them maximised around the perimeter to access natural light. Blinds have been installed to perimeter glazing to reduce glare and heat, and to further complement the specialised glazing properties. “Long term flexibility has also been incorporated, with modularity, mobility and flexibility core elements of the design of partitions, joinery and furniture.”The new accommodation for the South Australia Police Headquarters was delivered as an integrated fitout with base building works. The integration of both functional and performance requirements resulted in some modifications to the base building, both in increasing the level of performance over and above a standard PCA A Grade development, and in tailoring the masterplanning of the building, its access and egress to meet SAPOL requirements. The integrated fitout reflects the internal change process collaboratively achieved with the developer Commerical & General and SAPOL to:•create SAPOL headquarters resonant with both the community and the police•represent and convey through the environment the vision of SAPOL•emphasise leadership and support as the core functional activities within the headquarters•maximise flexibility in the use of space and the ability to grow and change•provide accommodation that meets the targeted requirements for both 5 Star Green Star and NABERS ratings•meet the security requirements •construct an environment that meets the cultural needs of the organisation whilst addressing the need to attract and retain staff in the future•maximise organisational efficiency through use of appropriate technology. Jamie McClurg, Managing Director of Commercial & General, said, “We have been impressed by the way this project has been managed by Coffey Projects. Communication between our companies and SAPOL has been a strong point, and the result has been an outstanding building, delivered on time, within budget for the long-term ownership of our Commercial & General Office Trust.” Denis Patriarca, Director, Business Service (224), South Australia Police, commented, “SAPOL's new ten-story headquarters was delivered on time and to budget. I consider this a great outcome that reflects a successful partnership between SAPOL and industry. This project gave SAPOL the rare opportunity to customise a work place that suited suit specific requirements for today's workforce, but with an emphasis on creating a flexible and usable working environment for future policing needs. "As the building is home to more than 1100 staff, SAPOL wanted to create a space that showcased an environmental sustainability for a large workforce. I believe we've achieved that aim with optimal office accommodation for employees, while the building maximises energy efficiency through innovative air conditioning and lighting, improved waste management and utilises water saving technologies.” Coffey employee Rosanna Petteno wins NAWIC Award for Burberry Flagship 2011-09-02T05:29:03Z coffey-employee-rosanna-petteno-wins-nawic-award-for-burberry-flagship Rosanna Petteno, employee of global professional services consultancy Coffey International Limited (“Coffey”) has been announced as the NSW winner of the Award for Achievement in Construction, Refurbishment and Fitout as part of the 2011 National Association of Women in Construction Awards for Excellence. Rosanna, a Project Manager for Coffey Projects, is being recognised for her work on Burberry’s new Sydney flagship retail store and new office accommodation at 343 George Street. The visually stunning $6 million development represents a makeover of huge proportions, and successfully maintained heritage elements of the former bank site – the project included restoration and re-instatement of the heritage fabric - with a modern, high-end fitout. The award acknowledges exceptional processes, with criteria including: contribution to the project, quality of the construction outcomes, application of innovation and active cost management. Tony Carroll, Coffey Projects Manager NSW/ACT, commented: “Rosanna is to be commended on winning this award for her successful management of the Burberry project. It was a high profile project which required the management of multiple stakeholders, including an overseas client, heritage considerations and met a very tight timeframe. “Rosanna demonstrated a commitment and passion to deliver positive outcomes within the project, providing valuable recommendations, communicating effectively with all stakeholders and providing design and construction guidance through the process. The success of the project was testament to this commitment and dedication.” Opened to rapturous acclaim, the project was delivered within budget and was highly praised by Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry’s UK head office, “We are so proud of the store, which combines the full Burberry product offering with the very latest in digital technology and great customer service, giving our shoppers in the city an unrivalled brand and luxury experience.” Rosanna has worked at Coffey Projects for four and a half years and has completed a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) and a Diploma of Urban Estate Management, both at the University of Technology, Sydney. Coffey Projects Kick Winning Goal with Punt Oval Redevelopment 2011-08-25T00:59:06Z coffey-projects-kick-winning-goal-with-punt-oval-redevelopment Richmond Football Club’s Punt Road Oval is now home to a striking redevelopment, project managed by Coffey Projects. The bold yellow and black metal sheet clad building houses the clubs new administration and training centre.The $20 million project will bring enormous benefits to Richmond Football Club, which now has training and administrative facilities commensurate with an elite sporting club. The new facilities also place the club in a very good position to attract new players from 2012, when player free agency is introduced by the AFL.The development will provide public access to function areas, a community gym, indoor sports centre, meeting rooms, lecture theatre and a new museum situated within the renovated Jack Dyer Grandstand.The facility also aims to help close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians with the inclusion of the Australian Institute for Indigenous Learning and Skills Development, the Korin Gamadji Centre, which means ‘grow and emerge’. The Institute will offer education and employment opportunities to young people.Coffey Projects were able to draw upon experience from working with Collingwood, St Kilda and Geelong AFL Football Clubs to add value to this project for Richmond Football Club. Some of these projects were occurring concurrently, lessons learned were able to be transferred in “real time” between projects.Coffey Projects successfully managed the design and construction of the new iconic building in one of the busiest parts of Melbourne, working adjacent to a public park, while Richmond Football Club continued to operate. Under these circumstances, the project was still completed under budget, with the new building finished in time for a major fund raising event held earlier this year.Coffey Projects Project Director Rob McFee said, “The building is outstanding, not only because of its striking architecture, but also the high quality football facilities it provides Richmond Football Club. It was a challenging project, but has delivered extremely gratifying outcomes.”The project was jointly funded by the Richmond Football Club, Australian Football League, Federal and State Government and the City of Melbourne. The final stage will be the reconfiguring of the oval, which will commence following the 2011 AFL season.Other companies involved in the project include the building contractor, Buxton Construction and the architects, Suters. Coffey Projects delivers Innovative Mental Health Services in Victoria 2011-08-25T00:51:52Z coffey-projects-delivers-innovative-mental-health-services-in-victoria Residents in the south-east of Melbourne will now have access to better mental health services following Coffey Project’s successful management and delivery of the first stage of a $57 million redevelopment and expansion of Dandenong Hospital’s Mental Health Services. Funded by the State Government and operated and maintained by Southern Health, the project is one of the largest mental health developments in the state in recent years. This first stage of the 120 bed, 8,500m2 redevelopment includes completion of the Adult Acute unit (50 beds).Featuring individual bedrooms, large communal spaces and an abundance of natural light throughout with internal courtyards, the innovative design of this new mental health facility signals a new model in the delivery of mental health services.Coffey Projects Project Director, Roger McLeod explained, “The redevelopment deliberately represents a move away from traditional institutionalised accommodation, towards a more residential model, aligning the facility with current views on the treatment of mental illness.“It is important for patients that the environment ensures dignity and respect for privacy. Internal courtyard spaces and gardens integrated into the design allow patients to move seamlessly inside and out. The unit itself consists of separate single storey pavilions, with single loaded corridors. Special care has been taken in the selection of building materials, with timber-clad designs used to provide a warm, tactile, residential environment.” The project has successfully balanced this non-institutionalised look and feel while providing a safe and secure environment for patients and staff. The selection of robust, durable materials that are easy to maintain was also a key objective. Women’s privacy and safety has also been a focus, with the staff able to implement women-only areas by way of the introduction of secure doors, and increased security with singular patient and staff only access to the individual bedrooms.The redevelopment has taken place on an existing, operating acute hospital site, so one of the challenges has been to ensure the adjacent current mental health operations were able to continue throughout the construction. According to Roger, “We needed to minimise operational disruption to all stakeholders, particularly sensitive patient groups. To achieve this, a two stage delivery model was evaluated as being the optimal solution. This proved to be cost effective, as it reduced construction time, enabled greater construction efficiency and optimal program duration.“Being a large project with multiple stakeholders we had some very specific challenges to manage. We were able to successfully do so through the development of close working relationships with our clients and the consultant team, understanding the operational needs of our client, ensuring quality design responses, understanding and managing project risks, opportunities and time implications and, finally, a balanced approach to the assessment of the competing project objectives” Roger said.The second and final stage of the Dandenong Mental Health Facility redevelopment is scheduled for completion late in 2012, and will add an Aged Acute unit, Secure Extended Care Unit (SECU) and an Administration, Research and Teaching facility to the development. Coffey Projects Appoints New Health Director 2011-08-25T00:39:17Z coffey-projects-appoints-new-health-director Global professional services consultancy Coffey Projects has announced the appointment of Alan Milligan as Health Project Director in NSW.Alan, who has over 30 years experience in construction and project management, is a highly experienced senior executive with international expertise gained in Australia, North Africa, Turkey, Middle East and South East Asia.He will be responsible for growing the health business profile in New South Wales, as well as servicing our existing and future clients. Commenting on his appointment, Alan acknowledged Coffey’s strategic focus to expand the health project management business and to add value and strength to existing client relationships within this specialised market sector.“I look forward to becoming part of Coffey Projects and to working with the existing team of experienced and highly motivated professionals already in place in NSW. I do see great opportunities for the group and relish the challenge associated with broadening the client base and the extent of support services we can offer to the industry within a competitive market.”Prior to returning to Australia in 2009, Alan was Managing Director and Principal of Ellerbe Becket Inc, Dubai, United Arab Emirates where he delivered a number of major healthcare facilities within the Middle East region. He is a Chartered Builder and is a Member of both the Australian Institute of Building and the Australian Institute of Project Management. In more recent times, Alan was engaged as Principal Project Manager with Aurecon QLD with responsibilities for healthcare and education projects under the Federal BER initiatives. Tony Carroll, Coffey Projects Manager NSW/ACT said, “We are delighted to have Alan joining the Coffey Projects team. Alan has a wealth of healthcare experience and will provide leadership and focus to our existing strong health sector.”Coffey Projects provides a wide range of specialist consulting services and products. Equipped with the right experience, a strong culture of customer service and strong organisation and leadership skills, the team is focused on achieving total quality outcomes for clients. Coffey Projects excites Sydney with Burberry Flagship Store 2011-07-06T02:54:24Z coffey-projects-excites-sydney-with-burberry-flagship-store Following on from the restoration of the Queen Victoria Building, Coffey International Limited subsidiary Coffey Projects has delivered another magnificent shopping experience to Sydney – the Burberry flagship store at 343 George Street.The visually stunning development, project managed by Coffey Projects, represents a makeover of huge proportions. The George Street building, constructed in 1925 and regarded as a significant early example of the Commercial Palazzo style, had been the headquarters of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Ltd through to the 1980’s. The project has successfully maintained heritage elements of the former bank site with a modern, high-end fitout. The interior, clad in a collection of fine, and now rare, Australian marbles, vaulted seven metre high marble columns, bronze finishes and honour boards has been expertly combined with the latest in technology, including two giant flat-screen LED video walls and in store touch-screen technology in the 820 square metre space. British themes and materials have also been utilised throughout the development to reflect Burberry’s heritage. According to Project Manager, Coffey Project’s Nelson Silva, “We have aimed to respect the old while playing up the new contemporary outlay. Heritage conservation is the management of change: for the comprehensive Burberry fitout we have utilised our specialist knowledge, experience and passion to appropriately conserve those important historic aspects of the building. At the same time, we have guided the refreshed new interior design fitout and the elegant architectural revival of the grand old institution to ensure it evolves as one of the premier historic retail destinations in Australia.” As project managers, Coffey Projects worked as client representatives and risk managers, ensuring the project was delivered on budget, on time and to excellent standards, reflecting the new Burberry design concept developed by Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey. “Working with the City of Sydney, Heritage Council and Burberry, we have together achieved a delicate balance between historical preservation and commercial necessity. Testament to this is also our recent experiences in delivering the Queen Victoria Building refurbishment for Ipoh Pty and the City of Sydney” commented Nelson Silva. Burberry are also pleased with the results. Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry describing the new flagship store, said, “We are so proud of the store, which combines the full Burberry product offering with the very latest in digital technology and great customer service, giving our shoppers in the city an unrivalled brand and luxury experience. This innovative store environment inside a beautiful heritage building is the perfect reflection of the history and modern attitude of the Burberry brand”.She added that "this innovative store environment inside a beautiful heritage building is the perfect reflection of the history and modern attitude of the Burberry brand”. Process Flow and Performance the Focus in Numerical Analysis 2011-06-16T03:26:54Z process-flow-and-performance-the-focus-in-numerical-analysis Process Flow and Performance the Focus in Numerical Analysis Steve Weller, formerly a long-term senior engineer for Abaqus software in Dassault Systmes, has traded Melbourne’s famous cafes and seasonal climate for Coffey Mining and sunshine in West Perth. His unique experience in customisation, process automation and scripting with the leading Finite Element Analysis package Abaqus FEA now benefits Coffey Mining’s growing numerical modelling and geotechnical portfolio. Weller joins Coffey Mining as Senior Engineer, Numerical Modelling working closely with Dr. Stephen Arndt, Coffey Mining’s Principal for the Numerical Simulation Team.Outlining the drivers for this growing area of the industry, Dr Arndt explains, “Cost, time and performance are always the key elements in requests for analysis and simulation proposals, following the expanding acceptance in the industry for non-linear methods.” “Numerical tools providing robust constitutive behaviours for inelastic, strain softening and dilating materials are often the only analysis alternative for mines that already operate in high stress conditions and wish to go deeper, such as many of those in Western Australia. Adding the complexity of 3D modelling which enables us to correctly capture the stress path in these mining environments requires us to invest more time into the modelling process. The benefits are better calibration, more detailed results and a high forecasting confidence.”To deliver short project turnover times and efficient modelling solutions to the industry, Coffey Mining focuses on integrating the Abaqus Finite Element software with in-house scripting and customisation – areas were Weller’s expertise will prove invaluable. Some analysis types, such as those for shaft design or ground support, have an established workflow that benefits from process automation, offering a competitive approach to other software tools. Other analyses, such as 3D mine-scale life-of-mine scenarios, often lead to very large models with detailed geometry, faults and structures on different scales. Here, scripting is an invaluable tool for handling the sheer size and complexity of the data sets, which can involve tens of millions of variables. Successful numerical simulation requires considerable computing power and speed. Coffey Mining’s parallel compute cluster uses the fastest multi-core CPUs, providing a step change in technology. “Just a few years ago we needed a rack full of servers with 4kW of power consumption to achieve this level of performance. Now we can fit more compute power into the bottom drawer of your filing cabinet and plug it into a standard wall outlet” explains Dr. Arndt, who has seen the evolution of computer power in his career involving high performance computing and Finite Element Analysis over more than 15 years.Coffey Mining offers the full range of state-of-the-art modelling solutions from integrating individual analysis tasks in any level of scope or study, to large three-dimensional mine scale models incorporating pore water pressure and fault movement as might be required for pit-underground interaction or mass mining methods.Dr. Stephan Arndt has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Technical University Berlin, Germany, and holds a PhD in Fracture Mechanics. He has worked on mine planning simulations in consulting work and feasibility studies for some of the largest mining companies and projects worldwide. He co-founded Beck Arndt Engineering in 2005, a consulting company that specialised in mine planning and mining engineering for extreme environments, where he was a Director and Principal Mechanical Engineer. He has 15 years experience using Abaqus software and regularly teaches Nonlinear Finite Element Methods at the University of Western Australia.Steve Weller has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tasmania. He has over 10 years experience using Abaqus finite element software. He has worked on a range of challenging consulting and research projects using Abaqus, including sub-sea pipeline stability, buckling and spanning simulations. He has used his knowledge of Abaqus scripting and GUI customisation to streamline and automate advanced simulation workflows, delivering substantial improvements in efficiency and usability. Most recently he has been the key technical point of contact for Abaqus users Australia-wide, across all industries, including automotive, mining, oil and gas and aerospace. Remarkable Award for Coffey Projects 2011-06-15T01:01:51Z remarkable-award-for-coffey-projects Coffey International Limited’s Coffey Projects business has been recognised with a merit award for the innovative design of the Remarkables Primary School in Queenstown, New Zealand at the annual Property Council New Zealand/Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2011. Remarkables Primary School combines futuristic design with the latest education practices and technology in a scenic, yet challenging, environment. The first state primary school to be built in the fast-growing Queenstown Lakes District of New Zealand in 30 years, the school was developed with the view that it would provide more than just education – it is expected to become a central hub within the local community. According to John Dunn, Chief Judge of the Awards, the school’s “innovative design” and clever use of materials had resulted in a property “that not only achieves its primary goal, but also provides a facility that is used every day and greatly appreciated by the community”. Innovative is certainly an apt description. Remarkables Primary School features classrooms built as pods around a central space, meeting spaces called “waterholes”, “campfires” where adults share their wisdom and “caves” which are private, secure places. The site was not without some interesting challenges, each of them providing Coffey Projects with an opportunity for creative solutions. Built at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, it is an area that experiences severe weather. The location and shape of the buildings were designed to shelter the school from the prevailing westerly winds off Lake Wakatipu, while also maximising outdoor activity space. Rigorous acoustic design was also necessary as the school is directly on the approach to Queenstown Airport – large international jets regularly fly 100m overhead on their takeoff and decent. As part of the solution, a multi-purpose concrete roof, innovatively constructed more like a floor, not only provides a barrier against sound, but is also accessible to students, maximising outdoor space and forming the main entrance to the school. Coffey Projects Project Manager, Josie Cederman, said: “winning a merit award from the Property Council for the Remarkables Primary School project is a great testament to the vision and innovation displayed by the entire team involved in bringing this new school to life, and a great opportunity to showcase our work to our clients and colleagues alike.” Recognising excellence in the built environment, the Property Council New Zealand/Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards is the pre-eminent property industry program in New Zealand. The annual awards program recognises the achievements of the sector’s finest professionals and companies. Gold Awarded to Coffey Projects 2011-05-27T06:48:44Z gold-awarded-to-coffey-projects Coffey Projects in Africa has been awarded the PMR.africa Gold Award for project management. The awards recognise outstanding performance and were presented at the PMR.africa Construction Industry Leaders and Achievers Award Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank earlier this month. Each year PMR.africa, a prominent consulting firm in South Africa, conducts a national client survey on project management companies in South Africa. The survey has a strong focus on evaluating client service and satisfaction. Respondents rate the performance of project managers on 21 different attributes, including communication, cost, integration management, procurement, risk, scope, team development and efficiency. They are also asked to provide an overall rating on the project manager’s effectiveness in achieving good results in a manner that earns respect and credibility. The awards are designed to set industry benchmarks, enhance industry standards and provide acknowledgement to project management companies who have demonstrated excellence, and their staff. Trevor Clark, Manager Coffey Projects South Africa, said: “This award is significant to Coffey Projects Africa from an internal and external perspective as it demonstrates that we are delivering and adding value to our clients as well as peers in the industry. “It also serves as motivation to our staff to strive for continuous improvement and benchmark ourselves against the best.” Coffey Projects is part of global professional services consultancy Coffey International Limited. Coffey Projects successfully manages $15.5m Project to Expand Recreation Options in Barossa Valley 2011-04-11T06:33:59Z coffey-projects-successfully-manages-15-5m-project-to-expand-recreation-options-in-barossa-valley With the opening of Rex Barossa Aquatic and Fitness, Barossa residents and visitors can now enjoy a range of recreational activities in an exciting and modern centre. As soon as you enter through the new lobby to the light-filled centre, it is clear that this is a facility of which the community can be duly proud. Equipped with a 25 metre lap pool and a large leisure pool (incorporating a warm pool suitable for hydrotherapy and learn to swim classes) this centre caters for everybody. The leisure pool has been designed with fun in mind – featuring a shallow lagoon entry along with fountains, jet sprays and bubblers. These reinforced concrete fully-tiled pools represent a marked upgrade on the 60 year old pool at Nuriootpa which they replace. The new premium basketball court adds to the two existing ones, which have been extended and upgraded, and complies with current standards. Excellent viewing areas are provided along with a cafe where the sports can be watched. A gymnasium area has also been fitted out with the latest equipment, with a new aerobics area to follow in the next stage of development. The completion of this project represents the third successful collaboration between The Barossa Council, Coffey Projects, DASH Architects and Rider Levett Bucknall, the previous developments being the Nuriootpa Branch Library and the Barossa Council Administration Centre in Nurioopta. As the Council’s project managers, Coffey Projects worked as the client representatives and risk managers to assist in delivering another project on budget, on time and to excellent standards. According to Project Director, Coffey Projects’ Jim Allen, “Working to a strict budget of $13.5m for the first stages, we identified how we could keep to budget without compromising the scope or quality of work, or the functionality of the centre.” According to David Morcom, The Barossa Council CEO, “Council has been fortunate to partner with Coffey Projects as our project manager to deliver the Rex project. Given the new facility is adjoining the existing centre, and the complexities that arose from that, Coffey Projects assisted and advised Council through the entire process ensuring that we delivered a community-focused product under budget.” The centre has been designed with longevity, maintenance and minimising energy consumption in mind, with an emphasis on providing an environmentally sustainable development, and keeping ongoing running costs to a minimum. Project Architect, Nicole Dent from DASH Architects, explains some of the environmental aspects of the project. “We have maximised natural light and ventilation and used materials chosen for their thermal properties. The northern side of the centre features overhangs designed to alleviate the effect of the hot summer sun, while the southern light is captured with the use of glass and Danpalon – a polycarbonate sheeting that has much better thermal qualities than glass.” “The centre features 200,000 litres of rainwater collection, which is used for the toilets. To encourage bike riding, we have made a feature of the bike parking at the front. Provision has also been made for future solar heating for the pool. “We also felt it was important to re-use as much of the existing building as possible, from both an environmental and budget perspective.” On the opening of the centre, Jim reflected, “We have enjoyed the collaboration and cooperation with the consultants, managing contractor – trade, contractors and Council. The centre is highly functional, aesthetically pleasing, and is fit for purpose while representing sensible expenditure without cutting corners.” “One of the fantastic outcomes of the project is that it provides a great recreational alternative for local youth and children. Being located in Tanunda makes it accessible to many towns in the region.” With a federal government grant of $2m having been secured to go towards the final stage of the project, this phase will involve the upgrading of the existing facility which incorporates the crche and two basketball courts. Six custom-built squash courts with movable internal walls will also be constructed. Work on this final stage will start immediately and finish in August this year. Jim said, “Securing this funding was seen as significant. It represented confidence from the Federal Government in The Barossa Council, the process and their Project Team including Coffey Projects as their project managers.” Other members of the Project Team included the architects and interior designers, DASH Architects; the cost consultants, Rider Levett Bucknall; Aurecon who were the services consultants and structural and civil consultants; the managing contractors, Candetti Constructions and South Pacific Pools, the design and construct contractor for the pools. Local steel fabricators Ahrens Engineering supplied the structural steel. Coffey offers Realistic Simulation to the Mining Industry 2011-04-06T01:47:36Z coffey-offers-realistic-simulation-to-the-mining-industry Dr. Stephan Arndt and Dr. Brent Fillery have recently joined Coffey Mining, bringing with them proven experience in advanced numerical modelling solutions for the mining industry. Using the world’s leading nonlinear finite element analysis software, Abaqus FEA from Simulia, the Dassault Systmes brand for realistic simulation, Coffey can now offer virtual simulation solutions to the industry to achieve the highest level of detail, accuracy and performance. Coffey Mining’s in-house simulation capability will provide clients access to the full spectrum of state-of-the-art modelling solutions, such as large three-dimensional mine scale models incorporating pore water pressure and fault movement. Problems regarding pit slope stability, interaction between pit and underground operations, optimisation for mass mining methods, caving and fragmentation all benefit from these modelling and analysis tools.This technology has the potential to reduce risk and substantially increase profits of mines, as the industry enables simulation tools in the design process. Safety evaluations, improvements in design planning, operations and implementation are all possible. According to Dr. Arndt, “Abaqus FEA improves the effectiveness of mine modelling and analysis and allows the integration of the advanced numerical modelling into day-to-day mine planning and monitoring in a systematic manner.” Advanced numerical modelling represents a paradigm shift in mine design and engineering simulation, and combined with an innovative team headed by Dr. Stephan Arndt, will lead to the development of innovative, new solutions for the industry. He explained, “We approach the issue of mining modelling solutions from the position of ’what is possible’ – we believe this has the potential to be a game changer for an industry that is moving towards larger, deeper and more difficult projects. Recent advances in computer performance and software reduce costs and significant benefits ensure realistic simulation plays a valuable role in the industry.” Coffey Mining Manager, Rob Slater, said, “We are excited to introduce this service to our clients. As a company, we are committed to deliver extraordinary solutions. With Dr. Stephan Arndt and Dr. Brent Fillery leading this initiative we can provide specialist knowledge for the mining industry in a discipline that is at the forefront of technology.” Dr. Stephan Arndt has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Technical University Berlin, Germany, and holds a PhD in Fracture Mechanics. He has worked on mine planning simulations in consulting work and feasibility studies for some of the largest mining companies and projects worldwide. He co-founded Beck Arndt Engineering in 2005, a consulting company that specialised in mine planning and mining engineering for extreme environments, where he was a Director and Principal Mechanical Engineer. He has 15 years experience using Abaqus software and regularly teaches Nonlinear Finite Element Methods at the University of Western Australia. Dr. Brent Fillery has a Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics, Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical (First Class Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy, each from the University of Western Australia. He has been involved in both research and consulting activities, the prior with a specific focus on numerical fracture mechanics in structures operating in challenging thermal environments, the latter extends to in-depth vessel integrity analyses through utilisation of computational fracture mechanics assessment and application of computational rock mechanics for analysis of multi-scale open pit and underground mine design.-ends- Media contacts Prue Bowley, External Communications Manager, Coffey T +61 8 8375 4400; E: prue_bowley@coffey.com About Coffey Coffey International Limited (ASX:COF) is a publicly listed company that has been operating for more than 50 years. 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