Why is good design important?
As a specialist design and construction
company we ask our clients and
ourselves this question every time we
commence a new project. Good design
is not only about aesthetics but also
needs to satisfy functionally, affordability,
buildability, lifecycle costs, environmental Shaun McBain
and sustainability requirements for each
individual project. and dignity of our senior citizens.
QMBA Awards Good design does not suddenly happen Being located in Queensland and its
or appear. It is generally a result of much accommodating climate, means better
Johan Phan (Estimator), Anthony
Wright (Site Manager) and Steve research, along with robust dialogue utilisation of outdoor spaces and the
Cockcroft (Site Supervisor), and debate. Too often we leave out input connection to indoor spaces. The
pictured at the QMBA Award Night from the users and it is imperative that enhancing of our outdoor spaces with
this group has input into design. landscaping either compliments the
existing environment or enhances it.
This is easier said than done as we Unfortunately, in many projects the
have a good idea what our immediate landscaping design and budget are
user needs are, but not so with the not a high priority and don’t get the
generations to follow. Meeting our basic attention they deserve. Not only does
needs of shelter will be accommodated, it compliment and enhance the local
but the challenge will be whether the environment, the level and extent of
Milford Grange needs of future generations can be met. landscaping can greatly influence
sales of product. This is not to say that
New state of the art residential The topic of good design is currently
landscaping budgets need to increase
aged care home now open for the being hotly debated in Aged Care where
five fold but by giving it greater priority
community of Ipswich the market is designing and building
will improve landscaping outcomes.
single rooms with ensuites.
Basic things like buying the plants at the
With residential aged care needs
commencement of the project, so when
becoming more acute as each
ready to plant, they are 1-2 sizes larger
generation lives longer, will single
then what was budgeted for.
rooms with ensuites be a quality
environment to live in? Will operators At 50plus we do have a passion for good
be able to provide quality care in this design which conflicts sometimes with
environment? Designing into the future my engineering training in concrete and
needs to accommodate ongoing social steel. I hope you enjoy this latest edition
50plus donates 6 seater buggy to
DePaul Manor interaction, with minimal assistance of of Storeys.
caring staff, as well as providing privacy By Shaun McBain - General Manager
Project Overview: Milford Grange
Grange Road, Eastern Heights, Ipswich
Client: RSL Care
Description: A master-planned
integrated Retirement Community
consisting of 61 independent villas
and a 120 bed residential aged
Residents dining room Community Centre
Open for business
RSL Care’s multi-million dollar Milford “Milford Grange was 50plus’ first
Grange Residential Aged Care Facility major residential aged care project
and Community Building is now open and we are elated to have completed
for business. Milford Grange was the development on time and within
officially opened by Marian Mudra, budget. Positive communication
State President of the QCWA, and throughout all phases along with
Doug Formby, State President of RSL 50plus’ commitment to quality services Residents lounge area
Queensland Branch, in a ribbon cutting through quality people were clearly
ceremony held on July 30 2009. evident on this project.”
Already the staff and more than 20 Shaun McBain also went on to say
residents are enjoying the state of the
that, “50plus’ demonstrated ability
art facilities on offer at the modern
to manage the programme was also
aged care facility.
highlighted despite major setbacks
50plus General Manager, Shaun that included two natural disasters
McBain is justifiably proud of the facility. during construction.”
50plus picks up
An artists impression of an
Awards Collection home.
Work commences on
The Awards Collection
Due to a high level of buyer
interest, 50plus have commenced
work ahead of schedule on 25
new ‘Awards Collection’ homes
at Halcyon Waters, the award
winning lifestyle community for
The Lakehouse and Celebration Park at Halcyon Waters
over 50’s at Hope Island on the
50plus had a big night out at the Gold are held across the state between June
Gold Coast. The collection of
Coast division of the Queensland, and September to announce the
homes includes upgrades on
Master Builders Association (QMBA) regional winners.
some existing designs, some
Housing and Construction Awards held
These regional awards culminate in special one-off designs and
on August the 8th. The black tie event
the State Final in October, with winners two completely new homes, the
was conducted at the Conrad Jupiters
from each region competing against ‘Osprey’ and ‘Jabiru’ which make
Ballroom attracting key stake holders
other winners of the same categories their debut in this collection.
from throughout the regions building
for an opportunity to win at a state level.
industry. These awards further reinforce
the quality of the multi-award winning
project. In addition to these awards the
project has won both state and national
UDIA awards for Seniors Living. 50plus
took home awards for ‘Lifestyle Housing
for Seniors’ $8 - $30 million dollar
category for Halcyon Waters Stage 2,
and Outdoor Living and Landscaping
(commercial), again for Halcyon Waters
Stage 2. Entries into the regional
awards are then independently judged
against set criteria, after which, Housing
One of the award winning homes at Halcyon Waters
and Construction Award ceremonies
Sound reduction changes to Building Code
“ BCA changes to the sound insulation requirements in Queensland will equate to an approximate
increase in building cost of 8.75% for each sqm of party wall and 6.5% for each sqm of party floor.
Tony Scougall, Design Manager, 50Plus
Recent changes in BCA (Building Code of Australia)
2009 Volume Two affect Queensland: OLD REQUIREMENTS NEW REQUIREMENTS
• Removal of the QLD variation to the Sound
BCA 2008 BCA 2009
Insulation section, SEPARATING WALL – IMPACT Rw DISCONTINUOUS Rw +
• Removal of the QLD variation to the LOCATION AND SOUND CONSTRUCTION Ctr
PENETRATIONS RESISTANCE REQUIRED
Sound Insulation – Part 3.8.6 Between a bathroom, YES 50 YES 50
Until recently QLD builders and manufacturers only laundry or kitchen and a
needed to take into account the weighted sound habitable room (other
than a kitchen) in an
reduction index (Rw) of building elements to insulate adjoining Class 1 building
against airborne sound and meet the requirements
of the BCA. This change means the inclusion of
the requirement to also insulate for the adaptation
In all other cases to those
listed as Type A
45 NO 50
factor, Ctr. The Ctr factor takes into account lower
frequency level sounds, and was introduced largely
SOIL AND WASTE PIPES
A waste pipe or other NO
in the west
45 NO 40
because of the high bass frequency outputs of penetration that serves or
passes through a
subwoofers in home theatre systems, which have separating wall between
become almost a standard in Australian households.
*To be replaced with*
The impact sound insulation requirements for
DUCT, SOIL, WASTE &
walls also changed recently. Walls which require WATER SUPPLY PIPES
impact sound insulation will need to be of & STORM WATER PIPES
discontinuous construction. A duct, soil, waste or NO 30 NO 25
water supply pipe or
The following table and diagram summarise storm water pipe that
passes through a
the changes, for more information, including a separating wall between
definition of discontinuous construction and party Class 1 buildings -
floors, please refer to BCA 2009. (a) If the adjacent room is
a habitable room (other
Glazing - Part 3.6 than a kitchen); or
The removal of the QLD variation to Clause 3.6.0 in (b) If the room is a kitchen
the BCA will only affect the cyclonic regions of QLD. or any other room
Previously windows in Cyclonic Regions (i.e. coastal
areas north of Bundaberg) are given a Serviceability FIGURE 22.214.171.124 From the BCA
Design Wind Pressure & Ultimate Strength Test OLD REQUIREMENTS - BCA 2008 NEW REQUIREMENTS - BCA 2009
Pressure value in accordance with the BCA, e.g.
if your window has a rating of C1 you can assume
BEDROOM BATHROOM BEDROOM DWELLING 1
that the serviceability design wind pressure value DWELLING 1 DWELLING 2 BATHROOM
would be 1000Pa.
Rw 50 Waste pipe - must be separated from the Rw + Ctr 50
adjoining dwelling by a wall with a Rw 45, and
Since the May 1 2009 , all windows now need to this may be reduced by a Rw 50 if the
adjoining room in a kitchen.
(a) Adjoining bedroom/bathroom
be rated in accordance with AS 2047 Windows in Waste pipe - must be separated from the adjoining
dwelling if it passes through a separating wall, by a
Buildings – Selection and Installation, which means wall with a Rw + Ctr 40, this may be reduced to a
Rw + Ctr 25 if the adjoining room is a kitchen.
BEDROOM DWELLING 1
that the Serviceability Design Wind Pressure &
Ultimate Strength Test Pressure values for windows BEDROOM DWELLING 2
in Cyclonic Regions now have to be calculated Rw 45 BEDROOM DWELLING 1
using AS 1170.2 Minimum design loads on BEDROOM DWELLING 2
structures : Wind Loads. BCA 2009 took effect on Rw + Ctr 50
(b) Adjoining bedrooms
the 1st of May 2009.
DePaul Manor Estate
Corner Edmund Rice Drive and
Southport-Nerang Road, Ashmore
Client: The Southport Catholic
Parish (for the Roman Catholic
Archidiocese of Brisbane)
Description: A Retirement
Village consisting of 79, 1, 2 and 3
An aerial of DePaul Manor Estate bedroom units, an Administration
Office and a Resident’s Club
The latest from
(communal recreational facilites).
Construction continues to progress The external landscaping and civil
very well on The Southport Catholic road works have commenced and are
Parish’s DePaul Manor Estate at progressing well, assisted by the recent
Ashmore on the Gold Coast. Some dry weather. Our client continues to
areas of the internal works are now receive positive interest and response
reaching the stage where defects to sales and marketing initiatives and
and finished quality inspections can recently held a Soft Sales launch at the
be undertaken. parish for potential purchasers. An artist’s impression of DePaul Manor
Community Buggy Handover
50plus are proud to donate a six
(6) seater ‘Yamaha Electric Buggy’
to DePaul Manor Estate, that will
be utilised to transport residents,
staff and families throughout this
wonderful community development.
As a company 50plus takes its
social responsibility seriously and
this donation is just an extension of
our commitment to our clients social
The Yamaha Electric Buggy was officially handed over by the project team
purpose and vision. which includes Jess Judd, Paul Foulkes, John Ellemor, Julie Madden, Dan O’Hare.
V ALUE CHAIN
V ALUE CHAIN
V ALUE TRADE
V ALUE TRADE
Market Project Feasibility
Analysis Concept Development
Analysis Concept Development
Value the Product
of Proposition Development Approval
of the Product Development Approval
Requirements Schematic Design
Requirements Schematic Design
PROJECT ENTRY POINT
PROJECT ENTRY POINT
Risks Working Drawings
Budget Financial Pre-Construction
DIMINISHING OPPORTUNITY TO GENERATE VALUE
DIMINISHING OPPORTUNITY TO GENERATE VALUE
The concept of the value chain was intellectual property that is brought locked in to ensure that there is no
first articulated by Harvard Professor together through a collaborative team redesign and or wasting of precious
Michael Porter, in his classic book of professionals and consultants that resources which includes time, money
Competitive Advantage 1985 have a clear understanding of the and emotional effort.
where he described the theory of projects objectives, mission, vision
There is no question that each phase
Competitive Advantage and the and philosophy.
of the value chain has significance
In the above diagram there are in creating value, however value is
At 50plus we pride ourselves on critical value trade ingredients along quickly diminished as the project
understanding how and where value is the timeline that ensure that value is works along the value chain.
created for our clients, which include delivered throughout all project entry
If you would like to learn more about
RSL Care Qld, Catholic Church, points to the final outcome, which is
how 50plus can assist in creating
Stockland, Elements Third Aged the built form and desired outcome for
value for your projects, please call
Living, and Halcyon Management. the client and their community.
Shaun McBain – General Manager
The theory of value in principal is In each phase of this process it is on 07 3801 0100 or email
basically generated via collective critical that agreed objectives are firstname.lastname@example.org
SW Elevation Building B
NE Elevation Building B
Fig Tree Village...
steady as she grows Project Overview:
Fig Tree Village Community Centre
Construction has commenced on the bar & café facilities, library and club Corner Ogg and Dohles Rocks Road,
Fig Tree Village Community Centre lounge areas. Lush landscaping will Murrumba Downs, QLD 4503
and is currently on schedule. complete the entire site, which also Client: Stockland
incorporates a bowling green and
A design and construction project by Description: This project
resident workshop facilities.
50plus for Stockland, this development incorporates a pair of single story
includes a pair of single story The 50plus team of Phil Alexander, community buildings designed
community buildings. Each community Benn Kirkham, Ricky Morgan and to cater and compliment the
residential community at Fig Tree
building will have well defined Project Manager, Mikael Heinonen
Village, and when completed
themes. One will focus on “wellness” are pleased with the process to date.
will form part of the integrated
and incorporates a swimming pool, Currently works completed include
seniors development for Stockland
gymnasium, salon and medical centre, pouring the pool shell, and installing
at Murrumba Downs. The total
whilst the other larger building has the 33,000L water retention tank.
building area of both buildings is
been designed as a gathering place Additionally work is progressing rapidly
approximately 1700m2 and is due
for all in the community and will on the plumbing in ground, with slabs for completion March 2010.
include a large town hall, kitchen, scheduled to be poured early October.
Success in the west
A management team from 50plus The conference proved the perfect
joined over 1100 delegates from vehicle to network with existing
around Australia recently in Perth clients, secure some new clients and
for the Aged & Community Services generally increase awareness in the
Australia (ACSA) National Conference. 50plus brand, and its sole focus on
50plus was at the National Conference the aged care and retirement sector.
to showcase the company’s specialist 50plus merchandising also proved a
design and construction skills in aged big hit with delegates at
care and retirement living. the conference. The 50plus stand
90 seconds with John Ellemor
happenings What does your role involve?
Fond farewell to Jason Currently I share the Project
Manager role on the DePaul Manor
Estate Project where I am jointly
responsible for the delivery of the
project with a focus on contract
issues and cost.
What training did you undergo/are you
continuing to do?
Completed Bachelor of Applied
Science (Construction Management)
Unfortunately we are losing Jason QUT in 2002; Diploma of Frontline John Ellemor
Eldering back to operational aged care Management 2009.
where his true passion lies. Jason
has accepted a position with Domain Why construction / project What do you spend your time doing
Principal Group as National Occupancy management? outside 50plus?
and Bond Manager. For those who know
I enjoy working in this field, particularly Playing my drums, exercising and
Jason, will know of his fun loving nature
being part of the delivery of the client catching up with family & friends.
and infectious enthusiasm. We will dearly
miss those qualities. We wish Jason, design brief to a tangible, usable
What would your ideal lifestyle be?
Simone, Bailey, Curtis and Darcy all the product at completion.
best in their future endeavours. Would it be wrong if I said it didn’t
What are some of the challenges of
involve work ?
If you could choose 2 people to have
There are many, and they generally
dinner with who would it be?
change from day to day. The greatest
challenges come from having to deal My wife and my unborn first bub!
with all types of different people and
stakeholders. Managing our clients’ Which musician do you most admire?
needs can also be challenging but Barry Harvey – drum guru!
that’s something I take enjoyment
from as it requires me to think What is your favourite sport to
New kid in town
How would you describe your I’m pretty happy with all codes of football.
50plus would like to welcome a new
addition to the fold with the birth of
What did you want to be when you
gorgeous little Molly-Rose Hussen, I enjoy working hard to meet the grew up?
born on 10 July weighing in at healthy
challenges of each project while
6lb 13oz. Staff and management
exceeding our clients’ expectations. Professional drummer/rock god!
of 50plus would like to send a big
DePaul Project charity
congratulations to proud parents Peter
and Caroline Hussen.
closes in on $10,000 target
Thanks to everyone who $9K way with more than $6000 raised to
is helping raise money for $7K date. The money raised for Paradise
Paradise Kids with our charity $5K
Kids will help children deal with many
breakfast smoko’s. $3K
types of grief and loss.
Published by 50plus $1K
Level 1, 36 Bryants Road, Loganholme With our target set at $10,000,
Qld 4129 Ph. 07 3801 0100
www.fiftyplus.com.au we are already well past half