2018 - Our Year
Our valued Clients, Contractors and Consultants,
The Covey team, would like to thank you for your ongoing support over the previous 12 months with the past year being another busy time. Due to the large amount of works being undertaken, our Maroochydore Office have welcomed five (5) new staff members this year to cope with the ever increasing works being undertaken by our office. Our staff have been involved in numerous exciting projects and we expect that our current projects will be keeping us busy into the new year.
Please note that our office will be closed Friday 21 December, 2018 (COB) and will re-open on Monday 7, January 2019. We wish you all a safe and relaxing break and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
A welcome is extended to our latest staff members Charles Cook, Josh Overell, Chris Temmerman and Brett Shepherd who have joined our team in the Civil, Structural and Hydraulics Departments together with Stephen Braiden as a Mechanical Engineer.
This year marked the 15 Year Anniversary for two members of our staff members Damion MacDonald & Kerstin Offergeld. We congratulate both staff members on their service to Covey Associates and look forward to many more years to come.
Parklakes 2 Handover to Council
Sunshine Coast Council is set to take ownership of the 1 hectare central park within the hugely popular Parklakes 2 residential estate at Bli Bli.Developed by local property identities Peter Shadforth and Robert Flipp, Parklakes 2 has proven to be one of the most popular residential estates on the Sunshine Coast with the entire estate (435 lots) selling out over a two and a half year period.
Mr Flipp said he was proud of the way the Parklakes 2 community has grown over the past few years and its popularity was largely due to the abundant community amenity in place. “Over the past few years the Parklakes Community Park has become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike as it includes plenty of space for people to exercise, relax or enjoy a picnic in a safe, family friendly location. There’s also an all abilities playground and The Local café within the Park which is open seven days a week serving great food along with live entertainment on a regular basis.
“There’s now around 1,000 people who call Parklakes 2 home so it’s time to transfer the park ownership over to Council which has been part of the original Development Application.Council will now be responsible for maintaining the park area and I am sure it will continue to grow in popularity with the first stage of the new Good Samaritan Catholic school opening in 2019 with Prep to year 3 and up to year seven commencing,” Mr Flipp said.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson praised Robert Flipp & Peter Shadforth for creating a unique boutique residential development with a wide range of community infrastructure.
Sundale Aged Care Development - Stage 1
The Sundale Aged Care Development at Nambour, Sunshine Coast is an expansive development over numerous stages. It includes a mix of independent living, high care living and associated integrated facilities. Stage 1 features a six-storey building with 72 independent living units and a six-storey ILU high care 160 bed facility with well-designed communal areas of a wellness centre, theatre, shops, gallery, cafes and more on its lower levels. The structural design brief incorporates several design philosophies to achieve the most economical solutions including flat plate suspended concrete and post tensioned concrete design. The resulting project will be a landmark community of residents and visitors in several stages of life and care with very appealing street frontage and accessibility to the surrounding, thriving rail town of Nambour.
Adam Reilly and Covey Engineering Award
The Adam Reilly-Covey Engineering prize is an ongoing award to commemorate Adam Reilly who sadly passed away suddenly in 2016.
Adam arrived at Covey Engineers in 2008 and since his arrival completed his Bachelor of Technology, was a Self-Certification Officer with Queensland Urban Utilities and also a Referee for the Building & Development Disputes Resolution Committee.
As seen from the above Adam loved education and advancement and self-improvement in the engineering field and specialised in Building Service design incorporating building fire design, water supply and sanitary drainage.It is this love of education and hydraulics, that brought both the Reilly family and Covey Engineers together to award this prize to the Highest Achieving Student at the Sunshine Coast University in Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics.
The winner for 2018 was Cameron Uys the highest achieving student and a deserving recipient
Wetlands - Hong Kong
Covey Associates has recently begun collaboration on a project located in Hong Kong, working with one of the area’s most prestigious consultancy firms, the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC). Coveys and the HKPC are working together to develop wetland-based treatment systems within rural areas for the Hong Kong Government. These systems will serve as pilot studies and if successful, will be applied broadly across the region.
While there in November, Kevin Covey and Dr Chris Walker also delivered a technical talk to the Hong Kong Branch of Engineers Australia, the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals, the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
The talk was very well received and a follow up presentation will be made with the next visit to Hong Kong.
GemLife Bribie Island - Stage 1, Bribie Island
Covey Associates has recently been involved in the design and management of the construction of a 404 lot manufactured home park located in the heart of Bribie Island. Innovative stormwater design and treament was adopted by way of utilising an existing lake that was earlier constructed under Covey direction some years ago.
Close consultation with Council and stakeholders has ensured maximum yield for the development was reached, whilst still achieving all required stormwater treatment targets to Council satisfaction.
Providing enjoyment for the residents has been key for this development with the inclusion of an $8M leisure centre, dog play park, pool and associated facilities, plus plenty of foothpaths and viewing areas over the main lake body.
Coles Shopping Centre - Buderim
Covey Associates have been involved in the preparation of operational works plans for the proposed new 4900m2 GFA shopping centre and take-away shop at Jones Road, Buderim.
This project has involved considerable co-ordination between the Client and numerous sub consultants on what has proven to be a very demanding site. The 1.96Ha site falls from approximately RL16.5 in the east to RL5.5m in the west.
Our involvement has stretched across various approvals for civil works design of the 260 bay car park and the site access which forms a fourth leg on an existing signalised intersection.
Operational works approvals are being sought from both Sunshine Coast Council and Transport & Main Roads for the external road works conditioned in the Material Change of Use approval. Extensive external services relocations are also necessary due to these external works.
Covey Associates are also completing all structural services for the building and a vast quantity of retaining walls to 5m high. Due to the poor existing ground conditions, the building, some retaining walls and part of the car park will be supported on a pile foundations
Nothlakes Office Open for Business
This year, due to the large demand for our services in the Moreton Bay Region has seen the decision made to open an office in the North Lakes area.
Aaron Traynor who has previously been responsible for all projects in that region, is now managing this office on a permanent basis. Aaron’s mobile number is 0400 681 810 or office (07) 5443 7777.
Kelley Covey Group, Tamworth News
This year has seen the completion of the extensive renovations of the Tamworth office. All staff members moved back into the office and are now spread over the two floors giving much needed room for the company to continue growing.
Our new reception, along with our Administration staff, offers a warm welcome to our Clients upon entering the premises.
The company undertaking the renovations to the existing building was Trist Constructions who went on to win a HIA Northern NSW Award for the works carried out on the renovation of this building