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Tackling time pressures, resolving design challenges and supplying and installing specialist materials made the Hardened and Networked Army (HNA) Medical Centre a worthy challenge for Adelaide Partitions & Ceilings Pty Ltd (APC). They installed Cemental Sheeting to the Medical centre walls, acoustic suspended ceilings, and undertook the Fire Rating and Sound Proofing, with all work backed by the company’s ISO 9001 Quality Assured Certification.

This project was not an entirely simple one. The Medical Centre required a large amount of 12mm cement sheet for the internal linings, and this heavy material meant extra OH&S measures needed to be developed. These included regular tool box meetings and safety meetings, and keeping two APC site safety supervisors onsite throughout.

Included in the walls package was the supply and installation of X-Ray Glass in the X-Ray area, sourced from one of APC’s regular specialist suppliers, and the fitting of 4mm double lead sheeting behind the Gyprock in the X-Ray area. Due to a design issue, these lead linings had to be hand cut with snips on site by APC’s tradesmen in order to fit the frame.

The Fire Rating works included separating certain areas into compartments, undertaking above ceiling works and working on seals for services through the walls. APC have undertaken an extensive amount of health facilities Fire Rating works, and brought that experience to the HNA site.

APC had a total of 39 tradesmen and apprentices at work on the HNA project for close to eight months, committing such a large workforce in order to meet the critical timeframe for works. The result was successful completion on time, and within budget.

“There was a big push towards the end, so we added extra labour to ensure we kept up to program,” said APC Director, Pat Glancey, who has over 40 years experience in the industry.

“Our company can do steel stud and plasterboard erection, suspended ceilings, architecturally designed ceilings, render and external cladding, walls and partitions, acoustic and thermal insulation, and aluminium shop fronts – with either on site fabrication, or offsite fabrication. Our staff of 74 includes fixers, flushers and carpenters. Basically, give us a slab, and we can do the rest.”

APC is DTEI Category 2 Certified, which allows the company to tender for large contracts like their $1.6 million job at the HNA project. Other recent work includes St Hilarions Aged Care Facility for Romaldi Constructions; Quest Apartments at Mawson for Badge; Defence Science and Technology Organistion (DSTO) for Hindmarsh; Playford Nursing Home for Kennett Builders; and The Pines Aged Care Facility for Weir Constructions, which won a National MBA Award. APC are currently working on a number of projects including RAAF Edinburgh Redevelopment Stage 2, Australian Submarine Corporation Outfit Support Towers, Victor Harbour TAFE, Queen Elizabeth Hospital- Mental Health Facility and Rehabilitation Centre, Helping Hand Northgate and Tanunda Lutheran Aged Care Facility.

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