JOB NUMBER: 1044PAC
JOB: 999 Hay Street blog
Sweet success: 999 Hay Street complete
PACT Construction is excited to announce QUBE’s $54.4 million 999 Hay Street project has reached practical completion.
The accomplishment sees West Perth boosted by a major 12-storey, 18,200m2 A-grade office development. Designed by Eames Architects, 999 Hay Street comprises 10 open-plan office levels, a rooftop boardroom, office and entertainment deck, EOT facilities and a café integrated at ground level within the main lobby and the surrounding streetscape.
Strategically located, the project achieves both a 4 Star Greenstar rating and 4.5 Star NABERS Environmental Efficiency rating. A cutting-edge architectural façade was a feat to complete, incorporating full height curtain wall glazing with an elliptical-shaped composite aluminium clad feature with pocketed elements for balconies. Completing the eye-catching statement is an extended Level 5 balcony that projects from the building’s front facade.
PACT also completed the fitout of 6,500m2 of Net Lettable Area over six levels, which has been leased by engineering firm, GHD.
Jason Kunkler, General Manager of PACT Construction, was thrilled with the achievement. “The practical completion of 999 Hay Street adds to our growing list of successful completed projects working with our developer partner, QUBE,” he said.
The project was unique in many ways. “For starters, it was one of the larger projects PACT has ever undertaken,” reflected Mr Kunkler. “The design, the CBD location, the client-builder relationship – it all added up to being a flagship project for our business.”
Making the feat even more impressive was the myriad of challenges that had to be overcome to realise this architectural vision.
Forward works included detailed retention of buildings and boundaries to the southern and eastern elevation, including The Church of Scientology and Western Power’s City Substation. An existing building on the eastern boundary had to be demolished at the separating wall, which resulted in complex external propping, strengthening and shoring.
The location was particularly difficult to navigate. “Being located at the corner of Elder and Hay Street, there were a vast number of services within the footpaths, from high pressure gas, to HV lines with the adjacent substation, water pipes, and Telstra cables,” explained Mr Kunkler.
“This meant a great deal of time was spent locating these services and surveying their exact location to mitigate the risks.”
Access to the site was a big issue and required careful planning. “As part of the strategy, the PTA removed the adjacent CAT bus stop,” explained Mr Kunkler. “Our experienced Site Manager established and set up the site to maximise the available access points, including work zones for the northern part of the site and Elder Street that allowed the building to be constructed off two fronts.”
PACT also had to deal with the windows running behind program. “We had to send site staff to spend months in the Philippines making sure our product was being fabricated and shipped to Australia,” explained Mr Kunkler. “The delay of the windows put pressure on the internal fitout, but we overcame this by hoarding off the kitchen and meeting room areas on all levels and finishing these areas ahead of time.”
Yet despite these demanding challenges, PACT’s intelligent planning and execution ultimately saw the project delivered on time and under budget. Being engaged from an early stage added value from the outset, as different structural systems were investigated to enhance our speed of construction. Floor slabs were constructed with precast BubbleDeck, while external walls were precast from Ground Level through the main building structure, with both the internal and external walls (including the columns) all precast above Level 3.
After another project triumph, Mr Kunkler reflected on PACT’s successes.
“For this development, we used a number of structural design solutions to achieve the most cost effective build for the client,” said Mr Kunkler.
“Our ability to complete the internal finishes and finer details were also highlighted. Being able to make judgement calls on certain details and finishes allowed the trades to continue more quickly, rather than waiting on timely answers from architects and consultants.”
Mr Kunkler identified the Level 5 cantilevered walkway feature as a great example of the project team’s successful decision making. “It was fully constructed offsite, then brought in as a finished element, craned into position and bolted to the structure within the building envelope. The design alleviated the requirement for temporary works above the street façade.”
While considered ambitious, PACT’s ability to integrate the base build with the GHD fitout ultimately paid dividends. “Completing the GHD fitout at the same time as the base building works was unique to the project,” said Mr Kunkler. “It took a mighty effort to pull off, but sped up the overall delivery process immensely.”
999 Hay Street will no doubt be considered a signature project for PACT in the future – an outstanding achievement that showcases the possibilities of a ‘whole of project’ approach and flair for collaborative management.
Quality relationships make for quality outcomes
No matter how big the project, quality comes down to individuals doing the little things well. For that there are two pre-requisites, setting the right expectations and being relentless in our efforts to not only meet but where possible exceed those expectations.
That's why, at PACT, we don't just impose the industry's most rigorous quality standards, we also foster quality relationships with our staff, clients, suppliers, subcontractors, architects, designers and consulting teams, as well as with the many local and state government agencies we deal with. Only when individuals are respected, valued and well rewarded do they deliver quality outcomes.
Quality relationships have underpinned our success since inception, back in 2004, and they'll continue to drive the PACT business in the future