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Work is progressing well on the installation of fire sprinklers at Glengarry. We are now into our third week of the program with work occurring on both floors of the facility. On the ground floor we are working our way through the rooms outside Eloura with core drilling completed and pipe work currently being installed. The next phase will involve core drilling in Eloura and laying pipe work throughout those rooms. We expect another three weeks of work to complete the Eloura installation. On the upper floor the construction team are working in the roof space so we expect minimal interruptions while they lay the pipe work and fit the sprinkler heads. We appreciate the patience of residents, families and staff as we undertake this necessary and important work. The building team are working well with us and accommodating our need to maintain resident care and minimising the impact of noise and dust on everyone.
Commencing Monday 3 June 2013, the work is expected to last for 12 weeks. During that time we will be installing pipe work throughout the building, sprinkler heads into each resident bedroom and bathroom and dining rooms. We will try to minimise disruptions to residents, however we will need to temporarily move residents out of their rooms for up to two days each while we install the pipe work and sprinkler heads. Our facility manager Jose Rigor will liaise with families about the moves as they are identified. The project team is meeting each week on site to plan the work for the week and to manage any impact on residents, staff or families.
Our construction manager has presented us with a safety management plan for the site. All contractors coming on to the site will have Police and identity checks. We are fortunate that the Construction Manager, Safin Pty Ltd, has worked with us before and built the beautiful staircase enclosure in 2011. Superior Fire Solutions, the specialist installer, has also worked with us before carrying out the monthly maintenance of our fire safety equipment. Both Safin and Superior are familiar with working in operating aged care environments.
If you would like more information or raise an issue in respect of the work being undertaken please contact Jose Rigor at Glengarry.
The project is about to commence at Glengarry in Mosman. We have taken a construction management approach to complete this work, first tendering for a construction manager to coordinate the works and undertake any building work in connection with the installation of fire sprinklers, and then tendering for a specialist firm to install the sprinkler infrastructure and commission the system. We are delighted that Safin Pty Ltd are the construction managers and Superior Fire Solutions are the specialist installers.
The project has been refined over the planning period. Retrofitting sprinklers in an existing operational facility is a complex undertaking. How we will progress the work, including architectural and operational requirements has been refined and with the assistance of Superior Fire Solutions we have simplified the some elements of the design. Total project cost is $250,000. We estimate the project will take 12 weeks from commencement.
Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to residents. We will have to temporarily accommodate residents in alternate rooms at the home while water pipes and sprinkler heads are installed. We will be meeting each Monday with the construction manager and specialist installer to coordinate work for the week. We will also update progress on this blog