Curtin Stadium Graduations Project

Curtin Stadium Graduations Project
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Client: Curtin University
Designer: Christou
Project Manager: AMR & Associates
Services Consultants: BEST Consultants, CHW Consultants & Stantec

TO ACCOMMODATE GRADUATION CEREMONIES WITHIN THE CURTIN STADIUM COMPLEX AS WELL AS MAXIMISING THE COMMERCIAL VIABILITY OF THE SPACE FOR EXTERNAL EVENTS, WORKS WERE UNDERTAKEN TO PROVIDE A SIGNIFICANT AV UPGRADE AS WELL AS CURTAINS TO THE SURROUND OF THE STADIUM BASKETBALL COURTS. WITH A CEREMONY ALREADY SCHEDULED A WEEK AFTER PC, THE PROGRAMME WAS HIGHLY ACCELERATED AND REQUIRED MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, EXTENSIVE COMMISSIONING AND STAFF TRAINING.

Features of this project included:

We proposed to the University upon award to use the subsequent two weeks pre-site mobilisation as an ECI style investigation period to ensure the proposed methodology could be undertaken to mitigate risk to PC date.

With acceptance of our proposal, we uncovered latent conditions that required several workshops with the consultants and our subcontractors to propose an alternate methodology.

Pre-existing external bookings within the construction site had to accommodated. Workshops with key stakeholders enabled us to programme around these works largely out of hours, requiring daily set up and pack down of the six scissor lifts being used as well as protection to the engineered floor to hand back a safe and clean site for these events which included school holiday children’s programmes.

With the majority of works occurring 15m off the ground, our superior OHS management was critical the safe delivery of the project. After commencing on site, Curtin’s Working at Heights Rules changed requiring all personnel who were going to be using the scissor lifts, even passengers, to have High Risk Licences and new Working at Heights Permits. We managed and achieved this without affecting programme.

Significant structural and AV upgrades were required to accommodate the new sound system and the three 400 inch screens suspended from the ceiling as well as installation of rigging points.

Power operated stage curtains  were installed behind a new bulkhead as well as curtains to a custom designed and made track