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Chan Building Refurbishment

Sitzler - Project - Chan Building Refurbishment
project details
Darwin, Northern Territory
Department of Transport & Works
Contract Value:
Completion Date:
April 2000
Ken Hawkins, Transport & Works

In early 1999 the Northern Territory Government was asked if it could provide a suitable venue to convene the APEC 2000 Meeting. The NT Government after considering the request agreed that it could provide a venue. The NT Governments construction agency, Transport & Works, after establishing a suitable venue in December 1999 promptly produced enough documentation to be able to award a Construction Management contract to Sitzler to manage the delivery process which included:

The tender closed on the 12th January 2000, with award being 18th January 2000. The process was to be completed by the 30th April 2000.

Within the 14 weeks allocated to the construction process, the following was required to be completed during an extraordinarily, wet, wet season:

  • The demolition and refurbishment of almost three floors of internal office fitout including complete refits to the ablutions, whilst being occupied by the NT Governments telephone switchboard and computer centre.
  • The refurbishment of the external podiums of the building.
  • The construction and installation of seven transportable offices.
  • The provision of extensive landscaping, including the construction of a large timber deck (150m2) at the same level as the podium, which was to extend out into Bennett Park at a level approximately 1500m above natural ground level with three stair cases extending down to the park.

An extensive sail facade was designed that required careful location and coordination with existing services. There were many occasions where the shape of the supporting structure footings had to be totally redesigned to avoid services.

The project was not a complicated one, but there were concerns with the duration especially as each day brought more and more heavy rain. A good relationship established early with the designer, Ken Hawkins in particular, enabled problems to be resolved on the spot.

The goal was to complete the project by the 30th of April 2000 and it was subsequently completed by the 28th of April 2000.