Geebung State School – Pool Canteen & Change Room Facility
Client: Department of Training & Education and Geebung State School
Timeframe: 14 weeks
Completed: March 2016
LEAF Building Group were engaged by the Department of Education and Training to undertake the upgrade of the existing Pool Canteen and Change Rooms within the Geebung State School campus.
The works involved the complete demolition of the existing canteen and change room facilities which were suffering structural degradation from long term stresses applied from an adjoining embankment which the building retained.
Given the pools chemical treatment facilities were located within the structure being demolished, the equipment and associated controls had to be carefully decommissioned and reconfigured in a temporary location to ensure the pool filtration and chemical treatment plant remained operational throughout the construction process.
Given the age of the structure, Asbestos was present and was removed by licenced contractors with full compliance with the DETE requirements for removing ACM on DETE property. During demolition, additional suspect material was unearthed and confirmed as ACM meaning this also had to be contained, isolated and removed from site. Whilst this caused a minor delay to the project works, LEAF was able to recoup lost time by adding resources to complete the remaining demolition works. Due to LEAF accredited procedures and processes, all issues around the Asbestos were identified and actioned early ensuring a successful and safe outcome.
As the scope of works involved the removal of the apron slab adjoining the western end of the pool shell, demolition methodology was changed to make a more manual approach reducing impact and shock to the shell by employing heavy machinery. As this careful approach was adapted, no damage was imparted to the shell or surrounding areas however as a precaution, specialist contractors were engaged to review the condition of the pool shell after removal of the apron slab.
Minor latent remediation works were undertaken on two of the existing lane rope fixing eyelets which were found to have worked loose within the pool shell. This was determined to be a long term pre-existing condition and not due to the project works, but if LEAF had not taken this proactive approach, this issue may not have been discovered which may have eventually led to more severe long term damage.
The pool was also monitored through the project by the incumbent specialist maintenance contractor to ensure the pool remained balanced and clean. Exclusion zones and catch mesh were also employed to mitigate any risk from the adjacent worksite.