Department of Education - Windaroo Valley State High School
Gripfast provided services as Project Manager and Superintendent for the Department of Education’s project at Windaroo Valley State High School, which is part of the program to ensure classroom capacity is adequate for the first year of full cohorts across six grades. This project included the construction of four new general learning areas, one functional learning area and associated staff spaces. This project was delivered on time and under budget.
Department of Education - Middle Park State School
Gripfast was engaged to deliver the Schematic Design Project Proposal for the New General Learning Centre at Middle Park State School. The project proposal was to deliver a new two-storey GLA including seven (7) new learning spaces including student amenities, staff amenities and future proofing for the under croft design of the building for future catchment growth.
University of Queensland - Oral Health Centre
Gripfast is providing project management & superintendency support for refurbishment works at UQ’s School of Oral Health in Herston. The project consists of a 500sqm technical dental clinic refit, including associated construction and services works, and will also include facilitating furniture/equipment installation.
The purpose of the project is to allow and facilitate the relocation of the Brisbane Dental Hospital to the UQ Oral Health Centre at Herston. The main benefit of the integration is that it will provide enhanced clinical training and research opportunities for undergraduate and post graduate students. It will also expand the volume and range of services which will benefit the residents of Herston and surrounding areas. The project is due for completion in early 2019.
University of Queensland - Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Fitout
The University of Queensland 293 Queen St project includes the refurbishment of a prominent Queen Street Heritage listed building to accommodate UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. It includes an extensive adaption of the building across three levels to house Faculty, teaching staff and students. The Gripfast team provided comprehensive Project Management services to refurbish approximately 1800m2 to suit the University’s requirements. This state-of-the-art facility contributes to the cutting-edge teaching and learning capabilities offered by UQ with the adaptability to meet future MBA requirements.
We are excited to be part of such a dynamic project that balances the requirements of state-of-the-art facilities while honouring the heritage listing of the building.
University of Queensland Dental Clinic, St George
The University of Queensland Dental Clinic St George is a tertiary education / health project in cooperation with Goondir Health Services.
The project provided a new dental clinic built to the rear of the Goondir Medical Centre in St George. The clinic will cater for up to six patients and both permanent staff and UQ student facilitation.
ACU Weemala External Learning Space
Weemala required an upgrade of its outdoor space so it could work more effectively as a functional entity enabling a cohesive, culturally safe space for its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Gripfast provided project management and superintendent services associated with the development of a shade structure for the Weemala garden. The project also included renovation to the flooring and integration of new furniture, landscaping, and facilitating furniture procurement installation. Completed in 2018.
Australian Catholic University - Ecco Café Refurbishment, Banyo Campus
Gripfast was appointed as Project Manager for the delivery of a refurbishment to the Ecco café at Australian Catholic University’s Banyo campus. The project include multiple elements such as replacing the existing shade structure, replacing all windows and doors, and rectification of the deck to meet compliance standards. The project required careful management of the existing tenant, who remained operational throughout the project. Completed in 2017.
Queens Plaza – Stage 1 redevelopment (Vicinity Centres)
Vicinity Centres reinvigorated Queens Plaza to introduce new luxury retailers, refresh interiors, and accessorize all levels. Gripfast were engaged to fill the role of a Tenancy Coordinator/ Program Manager for the luxury upgrade. Queens Plaza value as at June 2019 was $790 million.
Publicly sourced from: https://www.vicinity.com.au/investor-centre/financial-results .
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC)
On behalf of Gripfast, Andre has been planning and delivering several projects for Brisbane Airport Corporation across Domestic and International Terminals, including: new lounge for Virgin Australia, upgrade of emergency lighting system, replacement of lifts, roof sheeting and skylights, amongst others. Each project has its own challenges, especially in regards working in a live environment and liaising with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) - The Village Estate, Townsville [Civil, Building and Water & Waste Water]
Over the last six months, Gripfast has facilitated the procurement for the majority of contracts for The Village Estate in line with Queensland government’s procurement policy. Gripfast’s contracts manager, Jolene was responsible for setting and managing project deliverables within each contract.
The Village Estate contracts vary from construction, maintenance, professional consultants and marketing and communications. At the development of each contract a risk analysis is facilitated by Gripfast with all relevant parties, and a project risk matrix established.
Due to the location of the subdivision, alongside the Ross River, many latent conditions have been encountered. Whilst the conditions varied from soil conditions to flood dumping grounds discovered, each option was analysed and considered, to ensure a value for money option was selected whilst maintaining key stakeholders support.
MS Queensland – Springfield, Lutwyche
Gripfast Consulting was the client-side project manager helping MS Queensland manage the contracts and process to ensure that the project was delivered on time, in budget and to the quality standards expected by MS Queensland. Gripfast was also appointed to guide MS Queensland through the design phase of the Springfield project, helping them integrate and facilitate the finer details required in specialised project for residents with medium to high care needs. This relationship with MS Queensland has been fruitful for both parties, resulting in State and National awards, and Gripfast’s appointment to advise on MS Queensland’s future projects in Lutwyche and Wynnum.
The Springfield project is a development being undertaken with Springfield Land Corporation and will form part of the wider Springfield health and wellness precinct. The project will be a five-storey development with parking and entry on the ground floor, a total of eighteen independent living units on levels 1-3 and a common living area incorporating kitchen, dining and lounge areas as well as a therapy room/gym and staff offices. The design is in accordance with current ‘best practice’, industry standards and MSQ’s high standard of care model. The development will encourage and support independent living while providing the residents with the support and care needed.
The $13 million Spectrum apartment complex at 616-638 Lutwyche Road will be built on a 4,370 square metre block of state-owned land.
Housing provider BHC, is developing the plot into 64 affordable and private apartments and retail spaces and was gifted the land by the government. The three levels include ground floor commercial/retail spaces, with 30 of the residential apartments for sale.
The Lutwyche project and will include 60 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments and retail tenancies in the three-storey development. MSQ will own four independent living units in the development, once complete. The project will allow fully integrated living options for MSQ residents.
Youngcare Facilities – Albany Creek, & Wooloowin
Gripfast Consulting was chosen to project manage and superintend three Youngcare projects with a combined value of more than $11m. The projects are located in Queensland and NSW and will provide young people with disabilities independent living accommodation as well as communal facilities, rehabilitation areas and accommodation for care staff. Some facilities will integrate units for sale to the general public.
The four unit share house at Wooloowin is a new housing model for Youngcare. It is home for four young people with significant disabilities who require full time care. The design ensures privacy, independence and dignity, while providing care facilities and services appropriate to the residents’ needs.
Phase 2 is being build adjacent to the share house and is six two-bedroom units that will be home to either individuals or small families that include a young person with high care needs. It will include a common kitchen/living area and therapy room/gym.
The Albany Creek project is a 50/50 Joint Venture between Multiple Sclerosis Queensland (MSQ) and Youngcare. It is a combination of eight medium and high care residences, a communal space with facilities and three private residences. The development strives for a non-institutional approach that affords residents the privacy and community required to live with dignity and choice. The design opens up communal space towards the North and sequences a series of gardens that provide both privacy and the opportunity for community between the residents.
St Vincent's Auburn
Gripfast is working with St Vincent’s Care Services to support its analysis for the planned High Care Units (HCU) development in Auburn, NSW. This project draws on Gripfast’s expertise developed over years of involvement with HCU facilities.
The proposed building will be a multi-storey facility, with several accommodation units on each floor. The state of the art design provides housing for young people requiring high levels of care. The complex assistive technology needs of the HCU requires high levels of sensitivity and practicality, a Gripfast speciality service. We are confident our expertise and level of understanding for end-users will result in a first-class outcome for residents and St Vincent’s.
Research Design & Management
Open Minds – Research Governance Framework
Gripfast worked with Open Minds to develop and draft a Research Governance Framework outlining how the organisation would approach internal program evaluation and potential work with external researchers. This project worked to a short time frame and was delivered in 2018.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs – First Responder Project
The purpose of this project was to analyse the high level objectives and operations of key First Responder Organisations interacting with DVA. This was a complex project including a literature review, complex stakeholder engagement, gap and risk analysis and report writing. The project was delivered in 2017.
Vasey RSL Care - VRSLC beyond 2018
Vasey RSL Care in Victoria asked us to conduct a Victoria specific evaluation of the veteran population and it needs. This included looking at the implications of aged care policy for veterans, particularly those nearing retirement and requiring either in home-care or residential facilities. The project included an evaluation of the organisations likely market strengths beyond 2018.
Australasian Service Care Network - Understanding veterans in the community: who are they and what are their health care needs
The research team designed and delivered this project for the Network which is the peak body representing the Australian and New Zealand services and ex-services health and ageing service providers. The project developed a shared understanding of the health and needs profile of Australian and New Zealand veterans and current gaps in service delivery to meet their needs. It was presented at an international webinar in 2016 attended by representatives from Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. The project was associated with the State, National and Asia Pacific Project Management Achievement Awards.
Writing the Planning Guidelines and Specifications Manual relied on the combined skills of the research and project management teams led by Annabel. The Manual will help Youngcare, Government, builders, developers, and individuals understand the costs, complexities, usability and legislative requirements for building homes for young people with high care needs.
Brisbane Airport Australia
Gripfast wrote BAC’s winning submission (The G20 Project: an airport within an airport) for the Australian Institute of Project Management Achievement Awards: Defence & Aerospace Category. The submission won both the Queensland and National Award in this category..
Annabel consulted to RAND U.S., on the health and wellbeing issues of the Australian Military in preparation for the visit of senior RAND staff with representatives from Defence and DVA.