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~Projects~

Project: 2000m3 Concrete Water Tank
Client:  SA Water      
Location:  Burra, South Australia      
Completed:  2016      
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  
Completed:  September 2015  
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: Flaxmill Primary School
Client:  SA Government - DPTI
Architect: KHAB Architects
Completed:  2014
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
Completed:  2015
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:  Umuwa Water Supply Upgrade
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Umuwa, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY Lands)
Architect:   SA Water
Surface Area: 3km pipe
Completed:  2014
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
Completed:  2016
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:  Palmer Water Tank Upgrade
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Palmer, South Australia
Architect:   SA Water 
Surface Area: 4000m2 
Completed:  July 2014
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
Completed:  January 2017
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:  Mannum Adelaide Pipeline Remediation
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Mannum, South Australia
Completed:  2016
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
Completed:  2016
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:  Ernabella Tank Replacement
Client:   SA Water
Location:   Ernabella, South Australia
Completed:  2016
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
Completed:  2015
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.