Pindan Wins Five MBA Awards
WA property and construction company, Pindan, has been recognised with five awards at the recent Master Builders-Bankwest Kimberley-Pilbara Building Excellence Awards.
Pindan was recognized for its outstanding work on the innovative Integrated Marine Operations Centre
(IMOC) in Port Hedland, winning two awards for this project: ‘Best Office Building $20-$50 million’ and overall ‘Best Regional Project’.
Pindan also won three other awards for Kimberley-Pilbara based projects including: ‘Best Aged Care Building $10-$20M’ for their work on Kununurra Residential Care
; ‘Best Refurbishment or Renovation $10-$20M’ for Paraburdoo Community Hub
; and ‘Best Industrial Building $5-$10M’ for Mercury Treatment Facility
However, the state of the art Integrated Marine Operations Centre in Port Hedland being named ‘Best Regional Project’ was a highlight for the Pindan team.
Completed in December 2018 for Pilbara Ports Authority, IMOC replaced the outdated Shipping Control Tower. The IMOC was built next to an existing administration building and is designed to be recognised as a striking, modern landmark for the town.
Steve Tyter, Manager Special Projects for Pilbara Ports Authority, said the facility represents a new era for Pilbara Ports Authority.
Managing Director for Pindan Contracting, Tony Gerber, added that while the team faced several challenges thanks to the project’s small footprint and location within a working port, they were no match for the company’s 42 years of experience.
“We overcame this issue by utilising bulk ordering and off-site storage locations,” he explained.
“This in turn allowed the project team to effectively manage a just-in-time delivery of all the goods and materials which is not always easy in remote locations.”
The project included 29 under croft parking bays, 1500m2 of office space over two levels plus a five storey concrete and steel tower with three plant rooms, an Incident Control Room, VTS centre and Communications room. A two level mast to hold the vessel tracking radar and communication equipment was also constructed.
Describing key aspects of the project – including tight time constraints and the risk of cyclones – as “complex”, Mr Gerber added that Pindan was proud to include design elements which had never been used in Australia.
At full operation the IMOC will oversee more than 6,000 safe and efficient vessel movements in the harbour and allow Pilbara Ports Authority to enhance marine operations.
The facility will control vessel movements in the inner harbour through the channel and off shore anchorage, and house best-practice Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Systems.
It also offers state-of-the-art equipment for the harbour master function, dredging management, port security, marine pilot briefing facilities and improved incident control capability.
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