~Projects~

Project: 2000m3 Concrete Water Tank
Client:  SA Water      
Location:  Burra, South Australia        
Cost:  $1.5m
The Project
Fusco Constructions were contracted to build a new concrete water tank for SA Water in the country town of Burra. The 2000M3, 10m high, 16m diameter tank was constructed next to a smaller existing tank, which was demolished upon completion of the new.
The Challenges
One of the challenges was to construct the tank to the specific and strict guidelines of SA Water. SA Water specified the tank to be built to comply with the standards TS1b, TG106 and most importantly TS68, the technical standard for reinforced concrete construction for liquid retaining structures.
 
TS 68 has specific requirements. For example, the code specifies a maximum discharge time of 1.5 hours from the loading of concrete onto the truck. As the closest concrete plant is 40 minutes away in Clare, it required the pour to go exceptionally smoothly. A further challenge was that the existing tank, a mere 10 metres way, was to remain operational during the construction period. Given this tank supplied the town of Burra, it was imperative that it remained operational throughout the course of the project.
Project: Residential Development - Orchid Grove
Client:  Fusco Constructions 
Location:  Station Ave, Blackwood SA  
Architect:  D’Andrea and Associates
Surface Area: 4,000 m2  
Cost:  ~$5m 

The Project

'Orchard Grove’ is an exclusive, quality and innovative lifestyle development of nine quality homes. Each home has been designed and built with an innovative, individual approach and creative style with a contemporary floor plan.

Fusco purchased the land and arranged for a highly practical ‘life-style friendly’ subdivision. Each of the homes has been architecturally designed for quiet, comfortable and luxury living and comprises three spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and expansive dining and living areas.

The Challenges

The land procured was previously a storage site. Due to this almost all the site had to be excavated, over 3 meters deep, and then backfilled with clean fill. There was various material found when excavating which had to be removed and disposed of accordingly. An access road for all residents was set towards the back of the site. The south most allotment was built up to be 1200mm higher than the northern most allotment, which meant concrete retaining walls were used to separate each allotment, and to also define this step up in height. Once backfilled and the site had passed compaction testing, all 9 allotments were built and sold.

Project:  Umuwa Water Supply Upgrade
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Umuwa, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY Lands)
Architect:   SA Water
Surface Area: 3km pipe
Cost: ~$1.3 m

The Project

This project involved the water upgrade to the township of Umuwa in the APY lands, located some 1200km North West of Adelaide and 460km South West of Alice Springs. Fusco were required to lay 3 km of 100mm water pipe, construct 2 water tanks and 2 associated tank and water supply compounds.

 The Challenges 

Obviously the principal challenges with this project were the logistics involved in working in an extremely demanding and remote location.  

Fusco was required to provide full support services for its work force including living quarters, messing and recreational facilities. Fusco were able to procure and mobilise materials into this remote location and support its personal, plant and machinery. 

Despite a strict due date by SA Water, Fusco completed the project on time, on budget and to the satisfaction of the client.

Project:  Unley High School Technical Trade Skills Centre
Client:   DPTI
Location:   Unley, South Australia

Cost: ~$3 m
The Project
Fusco Constructions were contracted to build a new Technical Trade Skills Centre for Unley High school by DPTI. Works conisted of a new 512m2 new plumbing trade training centre comprising of a 324m2 workshop and related rooms and 188m2 external undercover area that houses a large sandpit. 
The Challenges
The major challenge that Fusco faced was the discovery of asbestos whilst undertaking earthworks. This forced all earthworks to be conducted at night to ensure that there was no asbestos exposure to students and the community of the school. This led to another challenge, where earthworks conducted at night had to abide to council noise restrictions. This was solved through the constant monitoring of decibel meters whilst work was conducted.
Project:  Mannum Adelaide Pipeline Remediation
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Mannum, South Australia

Cost: ~$1.1 m
The Project
The project involved the upgrade of a number of sites along the Mannum Adelaide pipeline (MAPL). Work at each site involved the installation of new spoon drains, remediation works of gutters and downpipes, as well as upgrades to the stormwater system on site and access tracks. At MAPL3 works also included the remediation of the pump station roof. 
The Challenges
At MAPL3 work was required to clean the pump station roof. As work was being conducted at heights, Fusco had to ensure that all contractors working on the remediation were fully competent to work at heights. Additionally scaffolding was erected to meet SA Water safety regulations. Additional to working at heights, works was also completed on the roof within the exclusion zone of high voltage power lines and its associated transformer. 
Project:  Port Augusta Heavy Vehicle Shed
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Port Augusta, South Australia

Cost: ~$250,000 
The Project
The heavy vehicle shed was built as a multi-purpose storage shed. It was specifically designed for the storage of heavy vehicles. The shed was designed in order for SA Water to be able to drive in and store a parked truck and trailer with a backhoe on the trailer.  
The Challenges
Due to the location of the shed, it was imperative the shed was able to withstand the heat experienced during the summer months. Fusco installed unique 5 metre high roller doors with motors able to withstand high temperatures as well as ventilation ridge vents. With the shed housing heavy vehicles, the concrete slab was required to be double mesh 40mpa and 150mm thick. 
Project: Town House Residential Development
Client:   Fusco Homes
Location: Eucalyptus Ave, Noarlunga Downs

Cost: ~$2,500,000
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The Project
Fusco Constructions undertook the design and construction of 4 two storey townhouses and 2 single storey houses at Eucalyptus Avenue, Noarlunga Downs. These houses incorporated a mixture of 2 bed and 2 bathroom and 3 bed and 2 bathroom layouts. These houses were constructed with brick and weatherboard cladding, double garage, perimeter concrete path and external landscaping to the front and rear gardens.
 
 The Challenges
Working across multiple sites created a unique challenge and required Fusco to maintain a high level of site safety and quality. The houses were built in stages to ensure that attention to detail and quality of finish were not substituted for a rushed finish. As such, Fusco completed these townhouses to a high standard and within the project timeline. 
Project: Riverside Apartments
Client:   Fusco Homes
Location: 1 Serafino Drive, Noarlunga Downs

Cost: ~$8,500,000
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The Project
Fusco undertook design and construction of the “Riverside” apartment’s development located in Noarlunga Downs. The development consisted of 23 residential apartment spaces and 3 commercial spaces across 3 levels. The three storey building is serviced by a lift, has extensive mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services and serves as a testament to the ability of the Fusco team to obtain planning and building approval of a complex structure, to a budget and then deliver the project.
 
 The Challenges
As this was the first development of this type in this part of Noarlunga Downs the challenge was to ensure it aligned with the local communities expectations and was built to the standards required.
 
Project: Oodnadatta Aboriginal School Pool Refurbishment
Client:   DPTI
Location: Oodnadatta, South Australia

Cost: ~$900,000
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The Project
The project involved the refurbishment of the Oodnadatta Aboriginal school pool. Works involved new paving, perimeter fencing, relining of the existing pool, construction of a new children’s pool, new shade structures, equipment shed and an outdoor shower. Works also included new perimeter flood lights.
 
The Challenges
Due to the remote location of Oodnadatta, being more than 1000kms from the head office, workers were required to spend 2 weeks at a time working away. Fusco had to provide accommodation for workers as well as food. Additionally, all materials were required to be transported to site, which required extensive organisation.
Project: Pimpala Primary School STEM Building
Client:   DPTI
Location: 24 Vanstone Avenue, Morphett Vale SA – Pimpala Primary School

Cost: ~$750,000
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The Project
Fusco Constructions were engaged by DPTI to design and construct a new 180m2 multipurpose classroom as well as the refurbishment of an existing classroom at Pimpala Primary School. This project was also a design and construct contract. Works were to be completed whilst the school was still operating. Fusco had to ensure that perimeter fencing was used to keep children and the school community out of the construction zone. Works had to be carefully planned to avoid busy times during drop off and pick up of children to help minimize risk.
 
The Challenges
Fusco faced the challenge of asbestos removal in the refurbished classroom. All asbestos removed was under a tight time frame during school holidays to ensure there was no exposure to children, teachers or the school community. 
Project: Sturt Lions Soccer Club – Manson Reserve Lighting Upgrade
Client:   Sturt Lions Football Club
Location: 40 Sargent Parade, Bellevue Heights

Cost: ~$250,000
Project: Flaxmill Primary School
Client:  SA Government - DPTI
Architect: KHAB Architects
Cost:  $1.5m
The Project
Flaxmill Primary School is located in the south of Adelaide and was severely outdated. The school required refurbishment of a number of rooms as well as the addition of smart boards in classrooms and a new kitchen facility.
Fusco completed the refurbishment and upgrade of buildings 1A and 2 in 2014.
The Challenges
Refurbishments are always difficult as it is hard to predict how the existing structure was built and how that will affect the refurbishment taking place. At Flaxmill primary school, one of the challenges was this exactly. Due to the slab of the existing building being precast, the floor couldn’t take the load of the propping.  To solve this Fusco opted to break the demo and propping up into smaller blocks and therefore the floor could take the smaller loads.
Project: Prestigious Residence 
Client:   Fusco Constructions
Location:   Fourth Road Belair
Architect:   D’Andrea and Associates
Surface Area: 1,400 m2
Cost: $1.5 Million
The Project
Fourth Road Belair is one of Fusco’s first premium developments. Whereas Fusco usually specialize in multi dwelling developments, Fourth Road is a single two story dwelling development. Situated in Belair, it offers a stunning view of both the hills and the suburbs.
The Challenges
Building in Belair is always a challenging task, with most properties situated on some sort of slope. This was no different. The hill had to be excavated into, as Fusco have worked with slopes countless times, the earthworks were not a problem at all with the process going seamlessly. Once excavation into the hill had been completed, Fusco then installed large concrete retaining walls to support the soil and the house.
Project:  Palmer Water Tank Upgrade
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Palmer, South Australia
Architect:   SA Water 
Surface Area: 4000m2 
Cost: ~$750,000
The Project
SA Water has a number of large water storage tanks serving the local Palmer community, with some tanks showing a degradation of the concrete roof support columns. These columns needed to be replaced.
The project involved the removal of the top 1600mm of the 20 concrete columns inside Palmer Tank 3. It also involved the treatment, repair and/or replacement of the exposed reinforcement and reinstatement of the removed columns.
 
The Challenges
Draining water from the tank was the first challenge encountered along with the removal and appropriate disposal of the associated sludge and other contaminants. 
 
As the large concrete columns were supporting the roof, not all columns could be refurbished at one time, meaning when one was cut, it had to be re-steeled and re-poured very quickly. The biggest challenge however, was meeting the very tight time lines imposed by SA Water.
 
Fusco was pleased to complete the project on time and within budget.
Project:  Berri Stormwater Upgrade
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Berri, South Australia
Cost: ~$750,000
The Project
The project involved the upgrade of the SA Water Berri depot stormwater system. In recent years the depot had experienced heavy rainfall causing large runoff onto council roadways and damage to infrastructure on site. The worst affected area was the Grit Blast Shed, with one corner of the shed dropping almost 250mm. As a design & construct project Fusco employed engineers to help rectify this issue by redesigning the whole stormwater system, implementing new detention tanks and pollutant filters. 
 
 The Challenges
One of the major challenges that faced Fusco was that the Berri depot still needed to be accessible and operable whilst the project was active. Fusco worked closely with onsite supervisors from SA Water to ensure all workers were accommodated for and that works could be conducted in a safe manor. 
Works were completed on site during in-climate weather periods. Fusco had to implement a number of short term barricades to ensure that the depot would not be further affected by rain whilst the stormwater system was being upgraded. 
The Grit Blast shed proved to a new challenge to Fusco. Jacks were used to lift the shed back up to its preexisting height. Once done collapsed sections of the slab were removed and replaced allowing the shed to be fixed back into place. 
Project:  Ernabella Tank Replacement
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Ernabella, South Australia

Cost: ~$250,000
The Project
Fusco Constructions were contracted by SA Water to replace an existing water tank located at Ernabella in the APY Lands, 1400kms north-west of Adelaide. Works consisted of the pouring of footings, construction of the tank and connection of the new tank to the existing water infrastructure. 
 
 The Challenges
The major challenge faced with this project was its location. Located 1400kms from the Fusco office, workers were required to spend 2 weeks at a time working on site. Fusco had to provide accommodation for workers as well as food. Additionally all materials were required to be transported to site, which required extensive organisation. 
Project:  Water Main Upgrade Penrice Road
Client:   SA Water
Location: Angaston, South Australia

Cost: ~$250,000
The Project
The project involved the replacement of 653 metres of DN100 and DN 80 CICL water main. The pipeline ran along Penrice Road, Angaston and was below surface level. There were a number of standards implemented by SA Water for Fusco to adhere during the project. 
 
 The Challenges
Fusco faced many challenges for this project. Fusco were required to meet backfill and compaction standards in accordance with sections B1 & B2 of the SAW WSCM, where base course must be compacted to 98% MMDD. Additionally, compaction testing was required to be completed every 100 lineal metres. Once this pipework was laid it was required to be pressure tested as well as tested for water quality. Due to the pipe being located so close to the road, all excavation to the road was required to be reinstated as per SAW WSCM section B3. 
Project:  Nyapari, Kanpi & Murputja Water Infrastructure Upgrade
Client: PMF Corp & Millennium Coupling 
Location: APY Lands - Nyapari, Kanpi & Murputja

Cost: ~$8,000,000
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The Project
The project involved the construction of a significant water treatment compound, that included water tanks that were elevated 15m, installation of a desalination plant, 6 UV treatment buildings, installation of a solar battery system, many kilometres of underground pipework and the entry and connection into all of the houses in the three communities. 
 The Challenges
Both Fusco and its client wished to see a high involvement of local aboriginal workers and businesses. Leveraging off previous experience working within the APY Lands, Fusco Constructions developed a highly successful local Anangu employment model used during this program. This achieved a 30% local employment rate and was recognised by the community as best practice.
Project:  SAMFS Angle Park Structural Fire Training Centre
Client: DPTI / MFS  
Location: Grand Junction Road, Angle Park

Cost: ~$3,500,000
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The Project
The project involved the construction of a significant water treatment compound, that included water tanks that were elevated 15m, installation of a desalination plant, 6 UV treatment buildings, installation of a solar battery system, many kilometres of underground pipework and the entry and connection into all of the houses in the three communities.
 
 The Challenges
Due to the highly specialised requirements of this structure this project involved extensive prework with the client to ensure the final design met their expectations. Travelling with the client and design team, Fusco Constructions visited a similar training building in Germany to learn valuable insights into the requirements and specific design elements, including the requirements of the west exhaust system required to remove smoke and pollutants from the environment.
This trip was of great value as it identified a number of improvements that could be made to the one off design to make it internationally leading and one of the best fire training systems in the southern hemisphere. With careful planning, communication and a focus on collaboration between the design team, client and Fusco Constructions this ensured the building met requirements.
 
Project:  Environmental Services Centre Stage 1 Building Works
Client: Mt Barker District Council 
Location: 100 Springs Road, Mt Barker

Cost: ~$1,350,000
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The Project
Fusco Constructions were engaged by the Mt Barker District Council to undertake the building works for stage 1 of the Environmental Services Centre. Works included the erection of a 100 metre long shed. The shed included an internal kitchen, male, female and disabled toilets. The shed features 12 roller doors to allow for easy access for oversized plant and machinery.
 
 The Challenges
With a nearby access road to a neighbouring school, works had to be carefully planned to avoid busy times during drop off and pick up of children to help minimize risk.
Project: Country Fire Service (CSF), Piccadilly Fire Station
Client: DPTI
Location: Piccadilly Road, Piccadilly

Cost: ~$730,000
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The Project
Working on a former sports oval this project involved the clearing of several large trees and protecting the remaining trees as per the tree report in the specification. A double tank bay CFS Station was constructed, including an ambulant bathroom, a WC, kitchen, office and changeroom. With no mains water or sewer available, a septic and holding tank was installed. Rainwater tanks were installed to capture roof runoff water, and these were used to serve the building with water.
The Challenges
This project required Fusco Constructions to work closely with the CFS, the end users of the building and DPTI who were managing the project. The specific requirements of the CFS needed to be negotiated carefully to ensure the finished building met their operational requirements while also meeting the bush fire rating codes. Integration with the CFS’s operations was crucial, as each station’s operations is slightly different, specific details were changed during construction and it was critical these were captured and then delivered to meet the needs of the CFS.
Project: Prospect Primary School Modular Classroom
Client: DECD
Location: Prospect Primary School, 27 Gladstone Road 

Cost: ~$400,000
The Project
Fusco Constructions were contracted to undertake the upgrade to the oval lighting at Manson Reserve for Sturt Lions SC. Fusco worked closely with electrical engineers to ensure the existing electrical facilities were sufficient for the lighting upgrade and to design the lighting layout in a way to minimise the spillage of light into neighbouring properties. 
 
 The Challenges
Due to the suburban location of the build site it was important Fusco worked closely with local council and local residents over the course of the project to ensure all stakeholders were consulted and satisfied with the outcome of the project.
Work involved extensive trenching and laying of cable between the onsite switchboard and newly installed light poles. During the construction of the light pole footings, Fusco encountered hard ground and rock. Through the use of rock breaking equipment, Fusco overcame this issue and ensured that the lighting was available for Sturt Lions for scheduled training for the upcoming soccer season.
 
The Project
As part of the Department of Education Modular Education Facilities Construction Panel, Fusco were contracted to undertake the construction of 2 new modular classrooms for the Prospect Primary School. 
 
The Challenges
Traditional modular building techniques involve the use of large semi-trucks and a crane to offload and position the new building on site. This would have required the removal of a number of established trees to access the schools preferred central location. The school stressed that it did not want to lose these trees so an alternative model was needed. With this in mind, Fusco developed a hybrid modular and in-situ build option. The base frames were manufactured off site and delivered along with the partly assembled wall frames and cladding using a small Franna crane and Manitou. This ensured the trees along the vehicle access track remained untouched. Setting up a construction yard within the school, Fusco took delivery of the major materials over a weekend, reducing disruption to the school, local community and protecting the school children.
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Project: Port Elliot Primary School Modular Classroom
Client:  Dept for Education
Location: 4 Cameron Street, Port Elliot

Cost: ~$250,000
The Project
As part of the Department of Education Modular Education Facilities Construction Panel, Fusco were contracted to undertake the construction of 2 new modular classrooms for the Port Elliot Primary School. 
 
The Challenges
Working in a live school site this project involved careful work health and safety planning to ensure there was minimal disruption to the school.

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