Owned by the Department of Finance’s, Building Management and Works business, Dumas House is located in an elevated position across from the spectacular Kings Park Botanical Gardens, at the western entrance to St Georges Terrace, Perth and boasts a close proximity to Parliament House, West Perth.
Since 1966, when it was opened by the then Premier of Western Australia, David Brand, Dumas House has always accommodated government offices and Government Ministers of one department or another.
In 2011, we were awarded the Dumas House fit out and base building works contract.
The project, which commenced in August 2011, involved works to the lower and upper basement, external lower and ground level car park and the refurbishment of offices on levels 1 through to 14.
Formal practical completion was reached on 14 August 201 and the transformation of the offices and the finished interior features are stunning. The new design encompasses earthy tones and patterns of Kings Park throughout the levels while offering tenants magnificent views of Perth.
The construction programme included 38 separable portions (SP) which were delivered over the 11 months. The building was also occupied on various levels throughout the entire works and the Broad team worked consciously to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum. As each SP was handed over the buildings population began to steadily increase to more than double the tenancy from when the works commenced, creating a diverse array of challenges.
The Dumas House project team had a fantastic working relationship with the client and were committed to and focused on the completion of works to the highest of quality and safety standards.
Many elements of the building possess heritage value and the building itself is a significant landmark. The works have increased the value and functionality of the building to ensure the preservation of an iconic Perth landmark.
During the construction, Western Power took the opportunity to replace the 46-year-old building substation which involved significant building works to meet current electrical, mechanical and fire rating standards.
A single window of opportunity was the Christmas holiday period 27 December 2011 to 2 January 2012, so we looked at the program to incorporate the additional works and accommodated the upgrade of the building substation.
Very kindly, Paul McCann, Project Manager for GHD sent a letter of commendation to us praising our accommodation and work.
Led on site by Leonard Munday, Broad Construction created and maintained a program of works to achieve the substation upgrade and changeover in a seamless manner. It was completed precisely on schedule, without any safety incidents and with no disruption to existing building services at power-on.
This required the highest level of coordination, teamwork and engagement between Broad, Western Power, The Project Manager and a range of subcontractors. Many site works were only possible during high voltage supply shutdown, which entailed resilient planning with contingent allowances, given the unavoidable timing in the holiday period. Even latent conditions were dealt with expediently and no defects affected the completion on time.
Broad completed the project within tight timelines, made even more challenging by additional works which evolved during the project, necessitated by the age of the building. Building Management and Works commend Broad for its professional and collaborative approach with all stakeholders, allowing it to meet project objectives and the expectations of Dumas House’s occupants.