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Record donations supports new child advocacy centre

Pindan proudly donated more than $230,000 to Parkerville Children and Youth Care, its chosen charity for 2014 to 2016, at Parkerville’s annual Ladies’ Lunch in May 2017. The donation - which is the net proceeds from the sale of the Pindan charity home at River’s Edge in Guildford – is the highest amount raised since Pindan began formally affiliating with selected charities almost a decade ago. Following the donation, Parkerville Children and Youth Care Chief Executive, Basil Hanna, said a room in the organisation’s new Child Advocacy Centre would be named after Pindan.

“The relationship between Pindan Parkerville Children and Youth has been one of the best that Parkerville Children and Youth Care has experienced,” he said.

In addition to the funds raised, it has provided the opportunity to build a strong relationship between staff; create greater awareness of the problem of child abuse in WA; attract more friends to Parkerville Children and Youth Care and provide regular fundraising events for Parkerville to attend.”

Parkerville Children and Youth Care was established as an orphanage for local children in 1903 and has grown from humble beginnings to become a nationally recognised specialist provider for children and young people who have suffered abuse.

Plans are underway to open a second Child Advocacy Centre in 2018 and Basil said Parkerville Children and Youth Care would maintain a strong relationship with Pindan.

“Parkerville Children and Youth Care will continue with their commercial relationship with Pindan into the future; as Pindan experts continue to provide professional support in the development of Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s new Child Advocacy Centre,” he said.

Managing Director of Pindan, George Allingame, said he was delighted that the Pindan team, and its network of subcontractors and suppliers, had raised $231,202 for such a worthy organisation.

“Pindan’s culture, built on family values, and with its strong focus on partnerships, is a perfect fit for the vital work Parkerville Children and Youth Care do in supporting WA’s most vulnerable children.”
Basil Hanna, Chief Executive, Parkerville Children and Youth Care

“Pindan is committed to supporting the community and since 2007 has assisted deserving charities in raising over $850,000,” he said.

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Pindan proud to build community hub for Dampier

Residents in the Pilbara town of Dampier have eagerly watched their multi-million community hub come to life. Pindan was selected to build the $13m project for the City of Karratha, following extensive planning by the city, and architects Gresley Abas, to create a ‘unified community hub’. Works included refurbishment of the existing hall, built in 1973, and construction of an early learning centre, multi- purpose community rooms, library, coffee hut and office space for not-for-profit organisations.

Managing Director of Pindan Contracting, Tony Gerber, said Pindan was widely recognised for its ability to offer a complete construction service to regional and remote areas of Western Australia, and was proud to deliver first-class facilities to the residents of Dampier.

“Our team is honoured to have been involved with this project as I am told it is the first major community infrastructure project for Dampier in 40 years,” he said.
 
Architect Alex Quin said the design team created an innovative and sustainable concept that would meet the needs of Dampier’s growing population.

“The brief called for a unified community hub and the final design had a strong focus on community sharing of facilities and integration with the surrounding precinct.”
Alex Quin, Architect, Gresley Abas
 
“Although the site is challenging, with significant grade changes cascading across the landscape towards the ocean, the building rests on the natural ground level, as much as possible.
 
“This has allowed us to integrate it into the landscape to create active and passive parklands and nature play opportunities for the variety of children’s spaces planned throughout.”
 
During the turning of the sod ceremony, Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, said the project signified the continued revitalisation of Dampier.
 
“The new centre is a vibrant, inviting space with first-class facilities that the community can be proud of,” he added.

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Old meets new as Pindan revives Claremont landmark

When fire ravaged the Claremont council chambers in November 2010, the Town of Claremont set about redeveloping the heritage listed site and restoring the building to its former glory. West Australian firm, MPS Architects, proposed a design that would refurbish and fit out the fire damaged “shell” as well as create a new, three-storey extension next to the existing chambers. After successfully winning the tender, Pindan was engaged to demolish the unwanted structure, restore and rebuild the damaged areas of the old building and construct the new building.w

Construction at the iconic site, on the corner of Stirling Highway and Bayview Terrace, began in September 2013, and the majority of works were completed by November 2014, enabling Town of Claremont staff and Councillors to return to the building to mark the fourth anniversary of the fire.
 
Architect Brett Priest said existing heritage features were repaired, restored and replaced to maintain the existing building and all new aspects were carefully chosen to provide a modern commercial space and work environment, within the fabric of the historic structure.
 
It was a State Heritage council requirement to contrast the new building form, rather than attempt to emulate the existing form, he added.
 
Features include exposed aggregate and honed pre-cast concrete panels; glass lift shaft; suspended steel feature stairs; reconstituted timber soffits and wall linings; passive solar design and Photovoltaic roof panels for power and hot water generation to minimise energy consumption costs.
 
“The new development contrasts in form and shape with the heritage building while maintaining critical building lines and scale to produce a harmonious aesthetic outcome,” Brett said.
 
“The building was also developed to meet current compliance standards and includes alternative fire solutions, allowing spaces within both buildings to seamlessly interface, providing for integrated functional work spaces.
 
“Bringing the structure up to current standards minimises fire risk in the future.”
 
Pindan’s Director of Constructions, Mark Thompson, said that although the industrial design and materials selected for the new building had presented some challenges on site, the result was an eye-catching contrast to the heritage building at the front.
 
“Among the works in the old building, we replaced the timber floors and roof, added a new copper spire and weather vane and restored the old clock to the gable façade,” he said.
 
“Loose brickwork was carefully removed and bricked up and the old building was modified internally to create a modern office layout,” Mark added.
 
Town of Claremont CEO, Stephen Goode, described the construction process as seamless from start to finish.

“Pindan was sympathetic to our objectives, working cohesively with the architect and our Project Managers on the multi- faceted project.”
Stephen Goode, CEO, Town of Claremont

“It was a team effort and we were very happy with the end result.”
 
The project won the 2015 MBA Excellence in Construction Awards in the ‘Best Historic Restoration or Renovation’ category. 
 
Pindan has considerable experience blending modern facilities with heritage structures.
 
Past projects including the $8m Midland GP Super Clinic at the heritage-listed railway workshops in 2012 and the award- winning $23m Midland Police Traffic Operations Facility, built next door in 2008.

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Communication and planning the key to successful school build

Lakelands Primary School welcomed 500 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 following extensive works by Pindan to expand one of Mandurah’s newest primary schools. While the school officially opened for Kindergarten and Pre- primary – with students accommodated in transportable classrooms – Pindan created purpose-built, permanent facilities. The majority of the $12m project was completed ahead of schedule and included 16 general classrooms; an art and craft room; library resource centre; canteen; covered assembly area; staff room, conference room; hardcourts, oval and cricket practice nets.

Works to remove the transportable buildings and extend the existing carpark followed and were completed before the new school year began.
 
Gavin Bell, Pindan’s Construction Manager for the South West, said open communication between the client, design team and tradespeople was crucial for such an involved project.
 
“Restricted access, a shortage of bricklayers during the construction period and the site’s proximity to an established residential development and high school meant we had to closely monitor the progress of works and anticipate issues before they arose,” he said.
 
“All parties worked tirelessly and efficiently to meet the construction schedule.”
 
Principal of Lakelands Primary School, Jim Bell, said he had been involved with the construction of three schools during his career and none had been managed as well as Lakelands.
 
“Despite the tight deadline, this was by far the smoothest build I’ve experienced, thanks to the professional approach of the Pindan team and in particular, Site Manager Pieter Zeeman and Project Manager KC Leu,” he said.
 
“It takes about 12 months to build the average home so it was a mammoth task to construct an entire school in just 10 months,” he added.
 
Impressed local residents also praised Pindan for their efforts, with one describing the project as ‘professional and well executed’.
 
“I live very close to the construction site of Lakelands Primary School,” Tony Williams wrote.

“I was impressed at the way in which all your contractors and workers conducted themselves and respected the living areas of residents with the least disruption possible to this environment."
Tony Williams
 
“The construction happening around another school, and a very busy main road, could have caused some logistical nightmares. This you managed successfully.
 
“The appearance and finishing are second to none and I believe this is one of the best looking schools in Mandurah.”
 
Cliff Carr, Principal Project Officer Facilities Program Delivery at the Department of Education, echoed these sentiments, congratulating all parties involved.
 
“The neighbour’s positive comments are indeed a reflection of the professional approach undertaken by the Pindan team involved with this particular project,” he said.
 
“The end product is a testament to your efforts and consistent with your previous project at the (award winning) Tuart Forest Primary School.
 
“I also congratulate the staff at T&Z and Building Management and Works in this regard as they too have identified all issues, risks and concerns and addressed them thoroughly and such that the project timelines were met, without compromising the design integrity and quality of school.”

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Pindan partners with Mazenod College

Pindan, partnered with Lesmurdie based boys high school Mazenod College, to provide an invaluable work experience opportunity for three Year 12 students looking for a future career in construction. Matthew Earnshaw, Brenton Lucas and Mason McGrail, all received the opportunity to be directly involved with Pindan’s business as a result of a long-standing association with the College. Nick and James Allingame, a Director and Senior Manager respectively, at Pindan, attended Mazenod College and father, George, the Managing Director of Pindan, is still actively involved, together with his wife Mary.

George said investing in the future workforce was a key priority for Pindan and the company was excited to be able to host the students.
 
“Both of my sons, Nick and James valued their work experience opportunities at the school and from chatting with the Mazenod staff, we could see how real work place experience was a valuable opportunity for these boys too.
 
“It was great to have them here with us and we can see bright careers ahead for each of them,” he said.
 
Jacob Delaney, the Head of Careers and VET at Mazenod College, said the experience at Pindan had been a particularly wonderful opportunity for the Mazenod students.
 
“The three boys were able to see how a multi-faceted and highly respected company operates.

“All of the boys mentioned to me, during their placement, they were amazed at the number of different projects Pindan was involved in and how all the different divisions worked together.”
Jacob Delaney, Head of Careers and VET, Mazenod College
 
Matthew Earnshaw and Brenton Lucas both conducted their placements in drafting, and were able to gain hands on experience using the same programs Pindan drafters use.
 
Brenton said he was able to see how drafting works in a big company and learnt a huge amount during his time with Pindan, whist Matthew was said the opportunity to ask professionals a lot of questions about their own career paths was invaluable.
 
Mason McGrail, meanwhile, conducted his placement with Pindan Modular and was able to work on the manufacture and installation of steel components for some of their projects.
 
Mason said the concept of modular building fascinated him and his placement was an opportunity to understand construction methodology, which he had not considered before.
 
Jacob said the benefits of this kind of experience were huge for his students.
 
“To give these boys real world experience is great. Many students learn a lot about themselves during work experience and often it reinforces the industry choices they have made for their future careers,” he said.

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Enhancing the Karratha lifestyle

The community of Karratha celebrated the completion of two major infrastructure projects that signify the changing landscape of the purpose-built mining town as it transforms into a world-class City of the North. Under direction from the Shire of Roebourne and the WA Government, Karratha is fast becoming a desirable place to live - no longer for its convenient proximity to nearby mining and resource projects, but rather its diverse range of facilities and housing options. 

Our role in this transition has resulted in two state-of-the-art facilities for the benefit and enjoyment of local residents, both of which were awarded to Pindan as Design & Construct contracts, which are proving to be a popular choice for Government-funded projects as they enable a faster and more efficient way of managing construction contracts.

The High School’s Principal, Greg Kelly, is thrilled with the new school and believes the extensive range of facilities will be hugely beneficial to students.
 
“The new Stage 2 of Karratha Senior High School has created a learning environment that has state-of-the-art facilities and spaces that can be enjoyed by students and staff.
 
“The school community is excited about the additional learning opportunities that can be provided to the students because of the outstanding buildings and facilities the school now has.
 
“Being right next door to the Leisureplex, which offers such an extensive range of indoor and outdoor sporting activities for our students, is an additional bonus for the school.”
 
Shire of Roebourne President, Fiona White-Hartig, congratulated Pindan on creating their newest community asset.

“The Leisureplex is the centrepiece of our City of the North vision for Karratha.”
Fiona White-Hartig, President, Shire of Roebourne
 
“It provides a hub for all of our sporting and community activities and is a fantastic space for people to come together whether it be as sporting teams, spectators or just for recreation.
 
“Having such a great facility really enhances our lifestyle and livability up here with more opportunities for indoor activities during our hot summer as well as pool and outdoor facilities that we can use all year round.”
 
Demand for Pindan’s services in Karratha continues to increase with the successful completion of every project.
 
Our Design & Construct division in particular has reported a growing trend in such contracts, as clients strive for a high- quality product delivered on time and to budget, without the added complication of managing numerous contractors.
 
Since expanding into this sector Pindan has secured more than $1.5bn in Design & Construct projects.

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