Acknowledging Safety at Civilex
The health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, subcontractors and the communities in which we work are integral to the way we operate. It’s a core value of the Civilex business. Safety above all else drives the behaviours that underpin our positive safety culture of “no harm”. We live by our mantra – safe today to enjoy tomorrow – reinforcing the importance of safety, ensuring all employees return home safe and sound to their family and friends. At Civilex, we encourage employees to speak about safety, identify unsafe practices or actions, inspire others to do the right thing and maintain safe working environments.
We are proud to acknowledge the outstanding safety actions of Civilex team members and share the choices made and extra steps taken that ultimately resulted in positive outcomes. Civilex would like to share two recent examples of proactive choices made by site staff to intervene and uphold company values and highlight the importance of being safe all of the time.
For their initiative and leadership, the Civilex Excellence in Safety Award for April 2018 is awarded to Darren Quinlan and Trent Delbridge.
Civilex General Supervisor – Toyota Test Track Project
Darren displayed safety leadership, which is also reflective of the project team’s safety culture. Darren identified an at-risk safety scenario when a transport company attempted to unload a large stack of steel reinforcement without suitable safety controls in place. The methodology proposed by the delivery driver presented a fall from height risk (unavailability of fall protection or handrails, dunnage separating the stack to apply lifting equipment from a safe level or pre-slung sections). As a result, Darren requested the delivery driver to return to the site when appropriate safety controls were in place.
L-R: Darren Quinlan, Joe Glenn, Stuart Smart, Billy Dando, Alex Schmidt
Civilex Labourer – Melbourne Airport Parking and Forecourt Optimisation Project
Trent exhibited several Civilex company values when he intervened as two subcontracted site workers prepared to climb on top of a ute tray. The workers’ intent was to use the tray as a platform to complete an installation of a steel 2.5m long overhead height bar. Trent advised that this method presented a fall from height risk and that there was more suitable equipment available to complete the task in the compound. He then assisted them to complete their works safely.
L-R: Scott Macur and Trent Delbridge
Coincidentally the common theme in both safety incidents was a fall from height risk, and it was through the initiatives of Darren and Trent that prevented potential risk of serious injury.
We commend and acknowledge our high safety achievers for their contributions and recognise that the challenge always is to raise the bar in regards to safety at all times.
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Civilex Partners with Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
The Western Bulldogs may be most known as an Aussie Rules football team, but beyond the field, membership numbers and gate receipts there is a committed and engaged community services arm fulfilling on a very important community mission. The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation (WBCF) seeks to fulfil on its mission to provide people living in our backyard, the western suburbs of Melbourne and the western region of Victoria, with the tools to succeed in life.
The WBCF mission: to be the community where people are at their best.
The Community Foundation Background
SpiritWest Foundation Limited, trading as the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, was incorporated on 27 September 2012. Since the date of incorporation until 2015 the Foundation remained dormant. It is registered as a PBI (Public Benevolent Institution) with DGR (Deductible Gifts Recipient) status and has its own Board. The year ended 31 October 2016 was the first full year in which the Foundation ran its own programs.
The Foundation works in partnership with government, corporate and community agencies to deliver services and programs that endeavour to improve social capital and the quality of life of people living in the Melbourne’s west through to regional western Victoria.
The Western Bulldogs have a long and proud history as the Community Club of the AFL; delivering community programs with real outcomes.
The Club is central to the community of Victoria’s west, and the Foundation plays a pivotal role in helping people reach their full potential and ensuring they’re accepted regardless of their gender, race or faith. The key is their celebration of diversity as an integral part of a united and cohesive community with the aim to engage with multicultural, indigenous and all abilities communities via innovative programs.
The Foundation works closely with the Club and utilises the Bulldogs’ brand as a platform to engage a wide range of participants and positively influence their lives. The Foundation delivers innovative and engaging community services for individuals and families who live and work in the west.
Like the players that take to the field, the west community is courageous, strong and resilient, but for some, support is needed to guide and empower them in finding the strength they need to face some of life’s challenges and to overcome fear and doubt. There is more detailed information available on the Foundation website.
Civilex Becomes a Foundation Partner
On Tuesday 8 May, the WBCF held its second annual Foundation dinner at Metropolis Events, Southbank. Alongside key guests Bob Murphy, recently elected Community Foundation board member, Easton Wood, Lin Jong, Josh Dunkley and Jason Johannisen, the WBCF dinner showcased the positive impact their programs are having in the western region of Victoria.
Civilex attended the Foundation dinner where our Foundation partnership was officially announced to the audience and in front of Civilex attendees Joe Bartolo, Olivia Bartolo, Lisa Cole, Matthew Gurney, Lorraine Reilly, Ben Gargiulo, Jen Robertson, TJ Delbridge, Simon Gennari and Ken Poutakidis.
Through this community partnership, Civilex looks forward to working closely and collaboratively with the WBCF which will help support programs assisting people living in the West of Melbourne and Victoria as well as meeting our corporate social responsibility goals. All funds received by the Foundation are spent on dedicated community programs that make a real difference to people’s lives.
The WBCF works with the community for the community and delivers services to over 5,000 people across four streams annually. The community programs currently offered by the Foundation include:
Health and Wellbeing
Diversity and Social Inclusion
Youth Leadership and Development, and
Details about each stream can be found on the WBCF website.
And if there was anything that inspired us on the night it was the celebration of community and borrowing directly from the Western Bulldogs themselves – where real strength lives!
I came away from the dinner really impressed with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and the Club itself. It really does care about its community and engaging with its community at all levels. The Youth Leadership program would have to be my favourite program because when I was younger I was involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leadership Program and believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without the skills this type of program instilled in me.
Another remarkable attribute is the engagement with new migrants. This is such an integral part of today’s society being a multicultural nation and any type of integration for migrants into our country and society should be commended.
It was a great night. The inspirational story from Phil was very uplifting. For Phil to share his journey with us all last night and how his will to survive and still contribute to his community which happened due to the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation program is a real credit to all the people involved.
Jen, Construction Manager
The highlights for me attending the Western Bulldogs Foundation Dinner was:
1. Bob Murphy
2. Bob Murphy
3. Bob Murphy!!!
No but really…it was inspiring to see how the Community Foundation is devoted to supporting the community in the west. I loved how both the organisers and the participants from each area of the various programs spoke and shared their work. It gave us all a well-rounded view of what each program aims to achieve and the actual impact it was making. I loved how the Leadership Program focuses on social leadership and that participants go on to develop their own social fundraising and support programs.
Photo credit Liz Vagg
Thank you WBCF for a wonderful night and welcoming Civilex as a Foundation Partner in 2018.
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Shining Our Light – Working and Walking for Road Safety
Civilex Improves Road Safety
Civilex continues its civil construction work on improving road infrastructure on one of Victoria’s most dangerous rural roads – an 11km stretch of the Melbourne-Lancefield Road just outside of Romsey. According to VicRoads’ research people driving on country roads are four times more likely to be killed than those in metropolitan areas, with nearly half of all road deaths in Victoria occurring on 100 and 110km/h roads. Almost a quarter of serious injuries occur on high-speed rural roads, mainly due to drivers driving off the road or hitting other vehicles head-on.
Transport Accident Commission Lead Director of Road Safety Samantha Cockfield says, “We all have a role to play to reach our goal of zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads and while we are making progress with Towards Zero there is still a long way to go.” Civilex is proud to be working in partnership on Towards Zero initiative in making the Melbourne-Lancefield Road safer while also taking time to join the RTSSV organisation and community who are committed to walking 5km and to shine a light on road safety.
Although the construction works are about 70km north of the community walk at Albert Park Lake, Civilex was proud to sponsor The Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) 2018 campaign Shine A Light on Road Safety. The fifth annual Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign achieved extraordinary visibility and reached over a million Victorians.
RTSSV Community Walk
On Sunday 6 May hundreds of people walked together around Albert Park to honour those impacted by road trauma and advocate for road safety. Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer led the walk. He was joined by Minister Luke Donnellan and members of Victoria Police, the Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads, SES, MFB, Ambulance Victoria and CFA and hundreds of Victorians whose lives have been changed by road trauma.
“It was wonderful to see so many people connecting and supporting each other through this terrific community-led campaign,” said CEO of RTSSV Cameron Sinclair.
The Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign was part of National Road Safety Week 30 April – 6 May 2018 and during the week landmarks across Australia were illuminated in yellow for road safety.
On Friday 4 May Victorian motorists turned on their headlights a simple, free and highly visible gesture to remember those impacted by road trauma and show commitment to road safety. The campaign reached well over a million Victorians thanks to the support of the Victorian Government, TAC, Victoria Police, VicRoads, community groups and corporate Australia.
The Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said, “Road trauma has a devastating effect on thousands of Victorians every year and nobody deserves to lose their life on our roads.” RTSSV was founded in 1994 by a small group of people whose lives had been directly impacted by road trauma. RTSSV was first set up to provide specialist services and support to people suffering due to injury or loss of a loved one on Victoria’s roads. Today, the not-for-profit RTSSV organisation has grown to offer state-wide counselling, support and education services to any Victorian affected by road trauma.
This year Civilex Victoria not only sponsored RTSSV’s annual campaign – “Turn your headlights on Friday 4 May” and a community walk on Sunday 6 May – but Civilex staff participated in it.
Walk Participant’s Experience
Civilex employees and their family and friends participated in the walk on Sunday. Here’s why the Civilex employees joined in:
Sam, a Leading Hand at Civilex, participated in the community walk with his wife Helen. “We did the walk as victims of road trauma and as survivors of a near-fatal collision back in 2006. I personally know the effects of PTSD as I was the driver the day of our accident. To walk away from that accident with minor injuries – along with my family – was a relief. Today it was great to come out and support others impacted by road trauma and be part of Team Civilex sponsoring the campaign. We enjoyed the day as well as the company of those supporting the event.”
Civilex Marketing and Communications Manager Lisa attended the walk at Albert Park Lake with her family. “I attended the Shine A Light on Road Safety community walk with my husband and teenage daughters because I currently have two Learner drivers just beginning their journey of being behind the wheel, and already they have experienced incidents on the road that have made them feel uncomfortable and nervous. I want them to know that it’s okay to drive slower than what a speed limit sign says and not take unnecessary risks on the roads for their own safety as well as the safety of other drivers.”
Michael works at Civilex in the role as OH&S Coordinator and joined the walk with his family. “Whether it’s a family member, a friend or a work colleague, most of us have felt the unfortunate impact of road trauma. My four family members and I took part in the RTSSV Shine A Light on Road Safety community walk because anything that helps positively influence driver attitudes and behaviours will reduce the number of people affected by road tragedies.”
David is a Surveyor at Civilex who participated in the walk with his wife and two children. “Earlier this year my primary schoolmate from home in Fiji lost his life while driving in the early hours. Police said Mr Singh was a victim of fatigue while driving long hours at night – he didn’t have enough rest which led to a head-on collision with a bus.
The biggest lesson I learnt from his accident is that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. We have to recognise the signs of fatigue, and when in doubt we should always safely pull over and take a 15-minute power nap.”
Victoria works as the Office Administrator at Civilex and brought her partner along to the walk. “When I first decided to join the walk, it was to help raise awareness around road safety – mostly for my colleagues working alongside roads.
But after considering the cause further it suddenly became much more personal to me. 20 years ago my mother came into my room with tears in her eyes and told me my friend Daniel had been involved in a car accident. He had lost control of his vehicle on an icy country road after enjoying a couple of beers. With his best friend in the passenger seat, Daniel’s car skidded straight into a tree and both were killed. At Daniel’s funeral, his younger brother looked down into the grave, crying and shouting for his big brother to come back.
I don’t wish this pain on anyone. No one should have to lose a loved one and constantly be thinking: what if we did something different? What if they had waited 10 minutes for someone else to drive them? What if they hadn’t consumed those few mid-strength beers? Would his reactions have saved them? What if they had hurt someone else?
For me, alcohol and driving do not go together.”
The Shine A Light On Road Safety campaign is supported by the Victorian Government, the TAC, VicRoads and Victoria Police. More information about VicRoads Towards Zero Strategy and Plan.
If the content of this article causes you or someone you know any distress, please contact RTSSV direct on 1300 367 797 for free counselling and support.
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Civilex Supports National Road Safety Week
We’re supporting road safety and you can too!
This week (30 April – 6 May) is Road Safety Week and Civilex is supporting two campaigns and I hope you too can personally support and participate in them.
ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT SERVICES VICTORIA (RTSSV)
Civilex staff are showing their support for the specialist services offered by Road Trauma Support Services Victoria RTSSV by turning on their headlights on Friday 4 May. This simple and highly visible gesture demonstrates our commitment to safe driving and commemorates those who have been impacted by road trauma.
RTSSV is a not-for-profit organisation working towards reducing the incidence and impact of road trauma, and Civilex is a proud sponsor of their Shine A Light on Road Safety campaign this year.
Since 1994, RTSSV has been committed to educating the community and raising public awareness about road trauma and how it affects people’s lives. The sole purpose of the Shine A Light on Road Safety campaign is to stop deaths and injuries on our roads.
RTSSV offers free and unlimited counselling, information and education to improve the attitudes and behaviours of road users and to support anyone impacted by road trauma.
Civilex Victoria is supporting RTSSV’s Shine A Light on Road Safety campaign through sponsorship. But there are many ways you too can become involved and support the work of the RTSSV and their partners TAC, Victorian Government, Victoria Police, and Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.
Key ways for you to get involved:
• Turn on your headlights on Friday 4 May
• Join the Community Walk at Albert Park Lake, Melbourne 11am Sunday 6 May (see map below)
• Appreciate the key icons illuminated in yellow from Monday 30 April to Sunday 6 May and take a photo and share it on social media!
• Join RTSSV at the Time for Remembering ceremony at Parliament House Melbourne on Sunday 18 November. This day coincides with the UN’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
• Make a donation to RTSSV today (1300 367 797 | www.rtssv.org.au)
• Follow RTSSV on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
• Become a member and help shape the future of RTSSV
• Volunteer with RTSSV; the foundation of the RTSSV organisation.
Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends and help shine a light on road trauma in our community.
RTSSV phone number – 1300 367 797
SAFER AUSTRALIAN ROADS AND HIGHWAYS (SARAH Group)
Civilex Victoria is also proudly supporting the 2018 campaign Drive So Others Survive. This year’s particular focus is on protecting vulnerable road workers, first responders and emergency services personnel.
The SARAH Group commenced five years ago and is supported by the Governor General and Prime Minister, as well as all State and Territory Governments, Local Governments, and road safety and community organisations. SARAH campaigns for changes to policy and legislation to ensure that lives are not lost in preventable and clearly foreseeable situations. SARAH lobbies for a stronger commitment to renewing poor infrastructure and appeals to drivers to take responsibility for their actions on our roads and highways.
SARAH was formed following the tragic and avoidable death of 23-year old Sarah Frazer. Sarah Frazer was killed instantly when a truck side-swiped her broken down car and the tow-truck loading her car in the emergency lane of a highway. Sarah was on her way to commence university.
Civilex held a special toolbox session on site at the Melbourne-Lancefield Road Project site to discuss road safety and the dangers of working in a live traffic environment. The Melbourne-Lancefield Road Project involves the construction of overtaking lanes and road widening works. It forms part of VicRoads’ Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and Plan 2016-2020 plan – a plan focussed on the prevention of run-off-road and head-on collisions along 20 of Victoria’s most high-risk regional roads.
We encourage all our employees to take the SARAH PLEDGE to Drive So Others Survive. You too can demonstrate your support by taking the SARAH pledge and by displaying yellow ribbons or yellow ribbon stickers on your car.
Follow the SARAH campaign on social media – Facebook , Instagram , or Twitter
We encourage our staff and members of the public to support these community organisations by sharing this information with family and friends and following these organisations across social media. Together we can contribute to raising the profile and awareness of the valuable services RTSSV and the SARAH Group do within our communities that help reduce road deaths and trauma.
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Civilex Turns 10 – A Decade of Growth
The office was a-buzz as party elves prepared to celebrate Civilex Victoria’s 10th birthday. Giant helium balloons and hanging party lights and pinatas, a Civilex-themed photo booth and retro popcorn stand, and enormous letters spelling out CIVILEX lit up the entire outdoor area and transformed our new head office in Spotswood into a carnival-like atmosphere! Caterers soon followed – busily working away in the boardroom preparing a smorgasbord of oysters, dips, cheeses and meats, and putting champagne and beer on ice. Not forgetting the incredible concrete-looking Besser Block birthday cake!
Additional entertainment – a stand-up comedian – kept us all on our toes and chuckling, preceded by a league of Japanese drummers dressed in Civilex-branded hard hats and hi-vis vests. As the drummers beat away their impressive hum we welcomed in a new, energetic era and celebrated Civilex’s 10th birthday with a big bang and many, many laughs.
Civilex’s first decade has been a busy one: the company’s growth trajectory has been dynamic and upward; projects won have been diverse, and welcoming and onboarding new talent have been unstoppable. The future of the civil construction company is rosy with a focus on expansion through acquisitions, diversification and sustainable long-term growth.
The Civilex story is one of family-oriented beginnings starting in 2008 with a handful of employees, two excavators and a ute. Two years after Civilex commenced, Directors – Ray Dando and Andrew Fairbairn came on board with Joe Bartolo. They weren’t just the founding Directors, they were Civilex! Over the following year, Civilex took on seven employees increasing the company to a total of 10 and delivered projects that doubled its turnover. By 2013 Civilex had 50 staff members. Employee figures doubled again over the next year.
Fast forward to our 10th birthday today and the Civilex continues its upward employee and turnover growth trajectory but continues to stay close to its core: people. We hold firm to the belief that success is underpinned by our culture. It’s a culture that treats employees fairly and as family while investing in people, innovation, and technology so that skills are developed now and for future generations.
We are all extremely proud to have celebrated such a significant milestone: a decade of Civilex. From humble beginnings to all the people who have journeyed with Civilex and helped shape its family-oriented culture, to the future beat of Civilex – we wouldn’t change a thing!
Hip hip hooray for Civilex!
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Grand Opening Party event
“Oh What a Night!”
Civilex Victoria hosted its head office Grand Opening Party on Thursday 12 April with special guest Mayor Altair in attendance, along with numerous industry guests, staff and company representatives – all of whom have played a part in the exponential growth of Civilex. The event was an opportunity for guests to tour the new office space, network with diverse industry representatives, and of course enjoy the delicious grazing platters and refreshments.
We were honoured to have Hobsons Bay City Council Mayor Cr Angela Altair officially open our new head office in Spotswood, cutting the ribbon with Managing Director Joe Bartolo and Directors Ray Dando and Andrew Fairbairn.
Mayor Altair delivered an exceptionally engaging and entertaining speech, mentioning that after a personal tour with Managing Director Joe Bartolo she was so impressed with our new office space, she asked if there was a job vacancy!
Key features of Civilex’s new head office in Hall Street Spotswood include natural light-filled offices; collaborative areas to work both inside and out; a large welcoming kitchen and communal dining area designed to bring employees together; and a spacious foyer with a mesmerising floor to ceiling garden wall. Yes, they are real plants! The new space also accommodates social areas for staff to change up their day with a game of table tennis or pool. And our company values wall is a visual reminder that everything we do here at Civilex Victoria aligns with our core values: Safety, Respect, Wellbeing, Relationships, Culture, and Innovation.
It is likely the new office and its purpose designed spaces will continue to make a positive impression on visitors and guests due to its unique and carefully considered work environment. And our staff are in unison, delighted to be part of a company who put into practice and live by its company values.
A special thank you to all our guests for attending our Grand Opening Party and making the night a successful and memorable one for Civilex Victoria.
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Team Effort at Surf Coast Trek 2018
With a map, mobile, drink bottle, lunch and snacks packed, our five intrepid Civilex employees delved into one of Victoria’s most beautiful and remote parts to raise funds for worthy causes. We caught up with Civilex Office Administrator Victoria Eresjo post-40km 8-hour walk and asked what her highlights were participating in the Surf Coast Trek this year.
It’s really hard to pinpoint the best part because there were many highlights. Firstly, giving back. Helping raise funds for two worthy foundations – Kids Plus and Give Where You Live was absolutely satisfying. Hopefully, our participation will encourage other companies and their employees to do the same next year for an amazing cause that assists kids in having the same opportunities and ability to live a normal life. We are fortunate at Civilex to have a social calendar with a diverse range of social activities to get involved in.
Another highlight was the walk itself. Being out in the remote Victorian landscape was liberating. We are fortunate to have access to such a beautiful coastal region like this and it’s something all Victorians should be proud of protecting. The more we look after it and nurture our backyard the better it will be for future generations. Our kids will be able to walk through the same track as we did without having to stumble on litter and plastic bottles.
But really what I treasured the most was completing the trek with my work colleagues. Although we work in different departments and on diverse projects plus commencing work at Civilex at different times, the team camaraderie was felt and formed and I really enjoyed getting to know my Surf Coast Trek team better. There’s a lot to talk about over 40km!
Together we motivated, encouraged and stuck it out together for the entire eight hours. Aaron “The Secret Assassin” kept the pace together with “Guru” Scott, who did not let go of his walking stick for one moment. Matt Attard did such an amazing effort considering he was recovering from shin surgery and Ibrahim, a hiking rookie, also smashed the walk using his secret method: eating three bags of potato chips!
Now I can’t wait for the next Civilex trek scheduled at the end of November across Mount Feathertop.
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Civilex wins HMAS Cerberus Naval Training Base Upgrade – Early Works
Civilex is pleased to announce they have been successful in their tender to deliver the Early Works package for the HMAS Cerberus Upgrade at Cribb Point. Civilex will be engaged under subcontract to LendLease in the next few days. Having just completed the East Sale RAAF Base Pilot Training Facility, this win further builds on Civilex’s growing Defence Force experience and capability.
A major component of Civilex’s scope includes the temporary construction of roads and car parks which will accommodate the Main Works Package requirements. In addition to the temporary works, permanent works include the Intake Switching Station associated with the EMOS Workshop. Additional associated permanent works include drainage, earthworks, building pads, flexible and rigid pavement construction and landscaping.
Innovation played a major part in Civilex’s detailed submission and was demonstrated through alternative pavement design involving the use of high-strength geotextile. Civilex has extensive experience with this product following the completion of the Mt Gellibrand Windfarm Project. In addition to the value for money associated with the use of this product, the client was impressed with Civilex’s expertise in constructing high-strength geotextile pavements.
HMAS Cerberus is located approximately 75km south of Melbourne and is the principal training establishment for the Royal Australian Navy, supporting and providing training to nearly 1,000 cadets. The redevelopment will upgrade and refurbish the existing infrastructure and facilities on the Base, meeting current training needs and supporting future requirements. The Base will remain operational throughout the redevelopment works.
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We’re Across Social Media
It’s now easier than ever to keep up-to-date with Civilex news, developments and projects across our social media platforms. We have now included the platforms of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest to our communications stable of LinkedIn, Instagram and Vimeo.
Jump on and follow/like us! And remember to help us spread our messages by sharing our updates and posts on social media because as we all know sharing is caring!
Civilex Graduate Development Program, applications close 15 April
The Civilex Graduate Development Program is a unique and flexible 2-year industry program. Designed for Graduates to be exposed to a diverse range of unique opportunities while working with one of Victoria’s leading civil construction companies.
Graduates can fast track their 2-year program to suit their learning and pace. Gaining project experience with some of the most talented players in the civil construction industry, their mentors support and encourage graduates to challenge themselves and the way they think.
Graduates hone in on their social intelligence, polish their presentation, negotiation and problem-solving skills and extend their interpersonal attributes. They’re skills integral to the nature of the work graduates will soon be involved in on a daily basis.
At its core, the Civilex Graduate Development Program is real. It’s training leant on site, with hands-on experience that can’t be learnt from textbook alone.
Our graduates are exposed to:
• Stakeholder Management
• Financial Management
• Contract Management
• Leadership Skills
• Communication Skills
• Negotiation Skills.
Most importantly our Graduate Development Program allows Graduates to take control of their future. They have the ability to steer their career where they want it to go. And at their own pace.
Listen to what former graduate Matt Willis shares about his experience working with Civilex.
Opportunity is awaiting. Apply here
Applications close for our Graduate Development Program on 15 April.
Global Day Of The Engineer
Today, 4 April 2018, we’re celebrating Global Day of the Engineer.
A day to acknowledge and celebrate our 50 Civil Engineers!
We spoke with one of our up and coming Project Engineers Ibrahim Demiri who shares how his boyhood dreams are being realised within the civil construction industry at Civilex Victoria and what strengths are needed to succeed.
At Civilex Victoria we value our engineering staff and the service they deliver to our business and in improving infrastructure for society. At an engineer’s core is their expertise at problem solving and thinking. Their task: to design the built environment and manage the natural environment. Whether we realise it or not, theirs is a complex task requiring a number of key strengths and attributes.
Here are five key strengths and attributes we seek in our civil engineers:
Leadership. Our civil engineers are leaders who don’t balk at undertaking difficult assignments and will dig deep to find solutions.
Diversity. In our people and projects. Our diverse staff are our strength. Diverse project works including planning, designing, and constructing civil works in the field of highways, water and wastewater systems, tunnels, dams, buildings or bridges.
Innovative approaches. Our engineers are immersed in large-scale and complex projects: some to improve and maintain; others to create from scratch.
Thoroughness. Our civil engineers are detail-oriented people who deliver results due to their acute attention to detail and ability to see long term ideas and plans through to the end.
Positive outlook. Our company and its culture are built on a foundation of initiative where the only tether holding our civil engineers back is their own ambition.
And one of our up and coming Graduate-turned-Project Engineer is Ibrahim Demiri.
Ibrahim has worked at Civilex since March 2016. He arrived with qualifications and some experience: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and junior estimating, quoting and programming experience within a work placement at another construction company. Growing up, Ibrahim was immersed in a world of maths all around him. His mother, an automotive engineer, shared her passion for engineering with her young son. Ibrahim says, “Mum made maths fun by creating games with numbers.” Ibrahim and his mum spent hours solving maths problems together…just for fun.
Fast track to today, grown up Ibrahim is visiting the Civilex head office located in Spotswood. But over the course of last 65 weeks he’s been living and working in Sale (4-hours from Melbourne) working on one of the most sophisticated new defence training facilities in the southern hemisphere. No more maths games; welcome to the amazing real world of civil engineering. Ibrahim realises his value and contribution to the project and shares with me what his mum used to tell him that has carried Ibrahim throughout his civil engineering journey: If you’re honest with maths, maths will always be honest with you. He adds that the same goes for people.
The RAAF Base project in Sale was a unique project requiring a high level of commitment from staff both personally and professionally. The management of such a project is complex from community and stakeholder interfaces to traffic management, project management, environmental risk management to sub-contractor involvement. But Ibrahim isn’t the kind of personality to shy away from a challenge or opportunity for growth. As a result of being open to the opportunities that have come his way, the exposure within the defence sector has enhanced his civil engineering skills, level of responsibility and personal development. “I’ve become much more independent since relocating and sharing a rental house with a few other engineers up in Sale.” He cites self-reliance, prioritising his time, and being more aware of looking after himself while setting out to work on this project as a 22-year old.
At the start of the project he was fourth in line – a junior engineer. One year later, now as Project Engineer, Ibrahim has taken advantage of the fast-tracked learning and mentoring opportunities that Civilex provides its junior engineers. “Being exposed to the requirements of a Pilot Training Facility project over this period of time has been an amazing experience for me, and one that is not readily available within the usual civil engineering jobs going around at graduate level. I feel pretty lucky.”
Asked what else he has enjoyed about working on the Sale project, Ibrahim says, “Perfection. A Federal Defence environment demands a high level of security, stringency and perfection.” Specific processes must be followed otherwise the infrastructure constructed will not be suitable for an airfield environment.
The thought of planning the movement of as many as 30 pieces of heavy machinery with project stakeholders is testament to this unique landmark project’s level of logistical complexity.
Ibrahim is an up and coming young civil engineer with a bright future with Civilex Victoria. Today we acknowledge his passion and commitment to his work, as well as acknowledging his mum who always attempted to impart her passion for engineering and make maths fun for her son on the Day of the Global Engineer.
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Supporting Local Soccer at Grassroots
Civilex continues to be a proud sponsor of the Altona City Soccer Club for some time now, and this team of young soccer players basked in a weekend of fun playing in the Lightning Cup. It was a huge success with lots of smiles. Congratulations!
Graduate Expo Month
March is the month to unleash the Civilex Graduate Program
Our Graduate Development Program is a unique industry graduate program as it allows our graduates to steer their learning at their own pace. So much so that from the get-go graduates immerse themselves in live construction projects and gain mentorship with some of the most talented civil construction people in the industry PLUS our Graduate Program is flexible. How’s that? Our Graduates are able to fast-track the 2-year program at a pace that suits their learning – finish it on time or sooner! We call it: Your Program. Your Pace. Your Future. This could be your journey.
Civilex has participated in five Graduate Expos in the month of March:
• 9 March – The Big Meet at Crown Palladium
• 20 March – Civil Engineering Industry Night at RMIT City Campus
• 21 March – Experience and Employment Expo, Deakin University Burwood Campus
• 27 March – Experience and Employment Expo, Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus
• 27 March – Experience and Employment Expo, Deakin University Geelong Waun Ponds Campus
Thank you to our Human Resources and other select staff who have taken time out of their day to come down to the graduate expos and chat with graduates about the Civilex 2-year Civil Construction Graduate Development Program and other graduate opportunities within the company.
Applications for our 2019 Graduate Development Program close on Sunday 15 April 2018.
So, what are you waiting for? Click here to kick start your career within the civil construction industry.
Komatsu Shakes It Up with SmartConstruction
A special thank you to Komatsu President Mr Tetsuji (Ted) Ohashi for visiting Civilex’s new headquarters in Spotswood with Director Andrew Fairbairn on Friday 9 March and providing Civilex with the opportunity of learning more about Komatsu’s innovative concept #SMARTCONSTRUCTION technology and partnering with Komatsu to deliver innovative technology within the industry.
We look forward to continuing to build our long-term relationship with Komatsu and being the industry leader in adopting technological advances within the civil construction industry that promote greater productivity, accuracy and worksite safety. Stay tuned for the #SMARTCONSTRUCTION revolution!
Values Launch Event
Staff recently enjoyed a company lunch and Values Launch at Civilex’s new Head Office in Spotswood. Over 200 employees attended the launch on Friday 2 March, with Civilex Business Development Manager Ben Virtue hosting, joined on stage by various colleagues, Managing Director Joe Bartolo, and Directors Ray Dando and Andrew Fairbairn.
A special mention to the staff who courageously took to the stage and shared their history and experience with Civilex. The 10 extra spokespeople delivered their moving sentiments to a sea of orange hi-vis vests, and company-branded black caps. Many thanks to Joelle Fradd, Joffa, TJ Delbridge, Jen Robertson, Elika Schaumkel, George Markelis, Eric Lai, Nick Loucaides, Luke Gaunt, Matt Willis, Scott Macur, Aaron McArthur and Damien Gatt.
Understanding what the company values mean to each staff member was highlighted and reflected upon throughout the afternoon. As a team, we fully embrace and live by the six core values that support the Civilex and Conset vision, and shape and sustain the culture of which we proudly belong to.
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Civilex Allen Reservoir Dam Milestones achieved, visit by NEW Civilex BBQ Truck
Civilex always work hard to exceed client expectations, and after recently achieving two major project milestones the Allen Reservoir Project Team are certainly testament to this. Milestones achieved were:
1) Establishing access to the concrete works, and
2) Installing the outlet trench and removing the lower tier dewatering.
Both milestones are critical to the Allen Reservoir Project – their on-time completion mitigates a large portion of the project risk which was associated with groundwater inflow during excavation works. In particular, removal of the lower tier dewatering has rounded out the deepest excavation in what was expected to be the most challenging ground conditions on site.
Civilex are proud both milestones were completed on time, and to the highest safety standard.
After a challenging start, the Project Team welcomed the celebrations, and thoroughly enjoyed the new Civilex BBQ Truck’s inaugural visit! Well done to everyone involved!
RAAF Base East Sale, Pilot Training Facility nearing completion
Civilex is proud of their involvement in the East Sale RAAF Base Pilot Training Facility project. This benchmark project in the Greater Gippsland region was both dynamic and challenging, and the Civilex Project Team’s management of multiple stakeholders was fundamental to the project’s success. All works were undertaken within a live airfield, in a fully operational RAAF base. The Project Team’s exceptional communication skills, careful planning and organisation ensured all safety requirements were exceeded, in addition to the client’s expectations. Civilex congratulates the East Sale RAAF Base PTF Project Team in achieving the highest quality of finishes.
Civilex were engaged under subcontract to Laing O’Rourke to deliver the $30M civil pavement and service package for the East Sale RAAF Base PTF. Major components of Civilex’s scope included 26,630 square metres of airfield concrete; construction of a $1.8M AFFF management system; 39,000 square metres of asphalt airfield pavement; installation of five treatment tanks; contaminated groundwater management; construction of landside pavements; and access roads and drainage works.
As part of their scope of works Civilex were required to completed several deep excavations – with some up to seven metres below ground level. To maximise safety the Project Team conducted planning sessions with all workers involved in the construction and management of the high-risk excavation work. From a collective conversation with labourers, excavator drivers and foreman, it was decided that an interlocking sheet pile wall methodology was the safest and most structurally thorough methodology for the works.
The ground water contained PFAS contaminates and as such the water table also required careful monitoring and management during excavation. To achieve this, spears were used and water was pumped into 21 holding tanks, tested and transported to an Oakleigh treatment facility. This methodology proved very successful and was repeated for the installation of each of the five treatment tanks.
Concrete works also formed a major component of the scope, including the construction of a huge concrete airfield to house 28 aircraft. Prior to pouring the concrete, completion of drainage, water, fire, AGL lighting and footings were required, followed by a cement-treated prep layer involving detailed thickenings within a 5mm tolerance. Sealing was undertaken, followed by concrete works.
In the early stages of the project two concrete placement crews were working adjacent to one another, with a truck arriving to service each crew every 15 minutes. Careful planning of truck movements was crucial to ensure the on-ground crew remained safe, and the previously poured concrete was protected. A testing station was on site along with a full-time testing crew to ensure all quality requirements were achieved.
The East Sale RAAF Base Pilot Training Facility Project is yet another Civilex project completed on time, under budget, and exceeding safety standards.
Civilex kicks off 2018 with Osars.
Work to commence mid January on OSAR Western Package Project.
Civilex will commence Early Works mid January on Package 01 : Palmers and Dunning Roads. A Feature Survey, Service Identification and Geo Technical Investigation that will finalize the Design Documentation. With turning of soil in April 2018.
Former automotive workers, cadets, trainees, apprentices and local firms will share in work building and maintaining the revamped road network. The upgrades and ongoing maintenance will cut congestion on these key arterial roads, remove bottlenecks and provide more efficient freight routes to keep trucks off local roads.
OUTSTANDING TEAM PERFORMANCE 2017
In 2017, Civilex put in one of the most outstanding team performances seen for FOOTY COLOURS DAY. A second-year participant, Civilex raised our fundraising total from $550 in 2016 to a premiership winning $15,093 in 2017 – a phenomenal effort.
“The day was a big hit on our construction site in Pakenham and once we got the online page going, we really started to gain some momentum and everyone jumped on board! Thirty-six related businesses and individuals really got behind the cause and contributed to our fantastic overall result.”
We showed our true colours this year, raising enough money to provide young learners with access to smart technology to help them stay in touch with their school while they receive treatment for cancer.
Civilex look forward to going, bigger and better next year!
OSAR Western package, Netflow Consortium preferred supplier, Civilex is a key player
Barbara Cortese, the star of recent press conference with Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Industry & Employment Ben Carroll and Minister for Roads & Road Safety Luke Donnellan. Barbara shared her fantastic story in civil construction and discussed her further training & development through Civilex’s apprenticeship and trainee program.
For the OSAR Western package, the Netflow Consortium is the preferred supplier. Civilex will be a key player. The press conference and tour was held at Victoria Polytechnic, where more than 120 trainees, cadets and apprentices will be trained to work on the Western Roads Upgrade. Former automotive workers, cadets, trainees, apprentices and local firms will share in work building and maintaining the revamped road network.
The $1.8 billion project is one of the biggest-ever upgrades to Melbourne’s suburban road network and will deliver a combination of road widening, duplications and intersection upgrades to fix eight congested roads in Melbourne’s west over the next five years.
Civilex construction of final stages of MAP Jet Base
Civilex have commenced construction of the final stages of the aircraft apron pavements at the futuristic MAP Jet Base with concrete pavements continuing to be placed this month. There is a total of 20,000 square metres of aircraft pavements to construct with concrete depths of up to 480mm and over 6,000 cubic metres of specialized aircraft pavement concrete to be imported. Concreting works are due to be completed before the Christmas holidays. Australia’s first curfew-free purpose-built private jet will be a world-class facility.
Civilex awarded Berwick & Strathmore Railway Station Carpark Upgrade Projects
Civilex is proud to have secured the contract to significantly expand the capacity of both Railway station carparks. The projects will involve constructing new sealed commuter parking spaces that will improve accessibility and enhance safety through new lighting, CCTV and signage. Both projects are part of the Victorian Government’s $20 million commitment to fund provide up to 2100 new sealed car park spaces at 16 stations on railway lines experiencing high growth in passenger numbers.
Your moustache makes a difference
Trucker, regent, connoisseur or wisp – no matter the shape or style of your Mo this Movember, your face can inspire donations, conversations and real change. Men are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. They are dying too young, before their time. The money raised goes towards funding for important research and to support projects aimed to tackle prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Many Civilex staff members are taking action this Movember, by growing moustaches for men’s health. Go to https://moteam.co/civilex-modiggers to donate and support this great cause.
Civilex awarded Altona Toyota Product Knowledge Centre Project
Civilex had been awarded the Toyota Product Knowledge Centre Project. Which includes the construction of the PKC driving course, feature roads as well as all civil, excavation, drainage works, landscaping and wetlands. Toyota will also continue a presence at the Altona site by establishing a Centre of Excellence that will continue to provide innovation skills and manufacturing knowledge to local companies. This will be Toyota’s legacy to Melbourne’s west.
Civilex awarded Melbourne Airport Lane Allocation project
A project to design & construct digital lane allocation screens with variable message signs. It’s a significant project for Melbourne Airport, to assist with the management of vehicles arriving to the Airport. The use of the digital lane allocation technology will enable traffic demand to be spread across Departures Drive and the lower forecourt, to improve possible congestion during the peak times. It involves a complex stakeholder engagement process with works being carried out on the main entry roadway to the Melbourne Airport and provide flexibility to make other lane allocation changes to suit various construction phases over the next two year critical construction period.
Civilex awarded the Allen Reservoir Dam Safety Upgrade for Barwon Water
Barwon Water is Victoria’s largest regional urban water corporation providing world class water, recycled water and sewerage services. This major water infrastructure project marks a significant step for Civilex in this space. The works involve the major upgrade of the existing earthen dam, increasing the dam’s capacity by raising the dam crest and upgrading and significantly increasing the capacity of the existing concrete spill way, providing flood protection for the township of Lorne.
Civilex Pakenham HCMT Project Bulk Earthworks phase approaching completion.
Works progressing well on the High Capacity Metro Trains Project.
Civilex and The Gordon TAFE : Civil Construction Awareness Day 2017
Major civil contractor Civilex Victoria partnered with The Gordon TAFE who specialise in providing training in the civil and construction industries to bring awareness and insight to 50 local school students in the Western suburbs about the diverse career pathways in the civil construction sector.
On Thursday 27th July, ‘Civil Construction Awareness Day 2017’ provided students with an opportunity to hear the unique journeys of both the Managing Director of Civilex, Joe Bartolo and HSEQ Manager George Markelis, explaining how they worked their way into successful careers in the civil industry. The Gordon TAFE enabled the students to explore their training facilities and equipment while providing valuable information about the training options available such as apprenticeships in Civil Construction and traineeships. Students also heard from one of Civilex’s highly experienced civil leading hands, Luke Gaunt who explained a day in the life of a plant operator. We would like to express our gratitude to The Gordon TAFE and to Komastu for kindly providing Civilex with an excavator to support the students learning in these workshops.
Civilex Managing Director Joe said “Days like today are an important part of increasing awareness and employment in the Civil industry. There is a current skill shortage that will only worsen if we don’t promote the Civil industry and the training students need to access to enable them to join such a booming and exciting industry.”
Currently the civil and construction industries are considered key economic indicators and two of the largest employers in the country. There are more than 70 different careers available in the construction and civil industries covering a wide range of professional, trade and skilled occupations.
Mount Gellibrand Windfarm Progress Update
The Mount Gellibrand Windfarm is situated 20km west of Winchelsea at the foot of the historic Mt Gellibrand. WCJV’s scope at the project includes 44 132 MW wind turbine generator foundations and a total of 28 kilometres of access roads. The turbine footings contain a total of 49 tons of steel reinforcement and 360 cubic metres of concrete, which is batched on site at the mobile batch plant. Currently the joint venture has completed approx. 12 kilometres of road construction and exceeded targets by completing 3 foundation main pours last week alone. Short snapshot progress video below.
Students at Newport Gardens Primary School plant 100 trees to celebrate Earth Day
The event was an initiative of Civilex Victoria who, together with Kings Landscaping, donated 100 Illawarra Flame Trees to the school and spent the morning teaching students how to plant, maintain and nurture their tree.
Students were joined by Mayor of Hobsons Bay City Council, Cr Sandra Wilson; Newport Gardens Primary School Principal, Simon McGlade; Managing Director of Civilex Victoria, Joe Bartolo; and Director from Kings Landscaping, Chris Drew.
Cr Sandra Wilson, Joe Bartolo and Simon McGlade kicked off the day’s festivities, encouraging students and their families to celebrate World Earth Day and recognise the importance of climate and environmental education.
“It is important for children within our community to be engaged and empowered when it comes to the environment, to set up the foundation for a healthy and sustainable future,” said Cr Wilson.
“Equally, it is vital to build sustainability within our community to benefit families and their children for many years to come. This is a major focus in our community vision, Hobsons Bay 2030.”
“The activities today focused on reinforcing their lessons about sustainability and how to be the best environmental ambassadors they can be,” said Principal Simon McGlade.
Joe Bartolo concluded that “This event was made possible by our team who are all determined to leave a positive legacy in Melbourne’s West and to all Victorians in terms of local community benefits, quality infrastructure and enhancing the skills of future generations. Through partnering with Newport Gardens and Kings Landscaping, Civilex was able to continue its commitment to the community and looks forward to more opportunities to make a difference in the future.”
Although it was one of the coldest days on record for April, it couldn’t dampen the spirits of the children and their families of Newport Gardens. The day was pronounced a resounding success by all involved.
Civilex partners with WBHO Infrastructure to deliver the Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm
Civilex Victoria is proud to be a part of this exciting new project to develop our country’s natural energy sources.
The Mt Gellibrand windfarm is located within the Colac Otway Shire Council. The wind site area forms an ‘L’ shape and is positioned to the west and south of the landform known as ‘Mount Gellibrand’. The land on which the proposed wind farm is located consists of eight privately owned properties, primary used for livestock grazing and cropping. The wind farm is dispersed over an area of approximately 25 square kilometres that will continue to be used for grazing and cropping during the operation of the windfarm.
Acciona Energy Oceania Construction have contracted Civilex and WBHO (WCJV) to deliver the associated civil works including the turbine foundations. Works are due to commence later this month with a proposed completion date of December 2017.
The Civilex/WBHO scope includes:
• Construction of approximately 27km internal access roads.
• Construction of approximately 500m of associated drainage lines.
• Construction of approximately 92,000m of Turbine hardstand area
• Approximately 16,000m3 of structural concrete associated with the turbine foundations.
• Reconstruction of approximately 5.1km of Mooleric Rd.
Civilex Wins Civil Works at the High Capacity Metro Train Maintenance Facility
On 21 November 2016, the Victorian Government entered into a Public Private Partnership to deliver the High Capacity Metro Trains Project. Under this model, the consortium will be responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and financing of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains and a range of ancillary activities to support this, including construction of a new High Capacity Metro Train Maintenance Facility in Pakenham. Civilex will be conducting an early works package with further scope details in project snapshot
Civilex to Redevelop the Biomedical Science Building at Monash University
Civilex Victoria has secured the Biomedical Learning & Teaching Building (BLTB) Early Works Package at Monash University, Clayton. The package is part of the overall BLTB project which aims to improve the existing amenities and accommodate for the expansion of the department. Once complete, the school of Biomedical Science will span over 6 levels with state of art facilities to best prepare the graduates to make a difference in people’s lives by understanding disease better and how we can control, cure and prevent it.
Civilex will mobilise to site shortly and commence works in late January, with an anticipated completion in June 2017. The preliminary works include the demolition of two buildings, realignment of the existing road network, realignment of existing services including gas, sewer, recycled water, potable water, HV & LV. The building works also require the modification to the existing building 13 which includes internal concrete works, capping and modification to existing services and salvaging of existing material to reconstruct the double storey building opening.
The project team is eager to get started and pave the foundations for an important new project which will promote breakthroughs in Biomedical Science at one of the largest and most successful medical research hubs in Australia. In collaboration with DCWC & Monash University, we look forward to many successful project outcomes.
Civilex Leading the Way in Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project
Civilex are one of the first companies to have secured a contract on the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel Project. Starting at La Trobe Street on one of Melbourne’s busiest thoroughfares in the CBD, this package kick-starts the enabling works for the revolutionary rail development.
With construction already underway, Civilex is focussed on delivering this package of works to the highest safety standards. We care about the community and key stakeholders and aim to minimise disruption to both transport and pedestrian access during the relocation of the existing infrastructure. We endeavour to make the transition as seamless as possible for all affected by the works.
Civilex are due to complete preparation of the precinct by April 2017, with six more precincts across the city to undergo similar works in the coming months.
Civilex Showing Force at the BRW Triathlon
Congratulations to all staff that participated in the recent BRW Corporate Triathlon. 27 Civilex staff participated in the event with amazing results. It was great to see so many dedicated team members push themselves to complete the event.
A special thanks to Matt Gurney for organising the event, all those who participated and to those that showed support on the day, Civilex looks forward to a bigger and better turn out next year.
Welcome To Our New Civilex Staff
We are delighted to welcome 23 new staff members to the Civilex business. We are excited about this record month of employment and believe this exceptional growth is a testament to our outstanding performance. To all the following new employees, we wish you a long and happy future with Civilex.
Kerry Leung – Accountant
Michael Spiteri – HSEQ Manager
Kris Bogdanovski – Asset and Logistics Manager
Paul Brunato – Building Supervisor
Yuriy Martiros – Estimator
Mitchell McWhinney – Site Engineer
Sean Maye – Surveyor
Alex Duncan – Estimator
Victoria Eresjo – Accounts Payable Administrator
Alex Schmidt – Student Engineer
Cameron Warren – Student Engineer
Andre Raffo – Student Engineer
Jace Browne – Student Engineer
David Taylor – Site Supervisor
Daniel McKay – Project Engineer
Daniel Anthony – Grader Operator
Lloyd Claxton – Grader Operator
Marucs Whelan – Labourer
Corey Audsley – Labourer
Trent Delbridge – Labourer
Matt Oats – Labourer
Rhys Stevens – Labourer
Brayden Donnelly – Labourer
Sod Turn at Aylesbury Drive Altona. New Civilex Office Development
Today marks a special day for Civilex as we commence stage 1 works at Aylesbury Drive, Altona. This will be the location for the new Civilex office development. The works will occur in 2 phases. Stage 1 consists of 12 smaller warehouses located on the eastern side of our 24,000m2 supersite. We estimate that Stage 1 works will be completed 3 months ahead of the proposed 7 month program, with Stage 2 works commencing in April 2017. Stage 2 works involve the construction of the new Civilex offices, warehouse and plant yard.
With the overall design almost completed and our attention on finishing touches, we are very excited to see it all coming together. We have focused on engineering a superior working environment for our staff that promotes health, wellness and sustainability. Consideration has been given to the types of building materials to be used. The walls will consist of recycled materials where possible, including in-situ concrete walls, floor to ceiling glass to allow natural light and airflow and polished concrete floors to complete the space. For added tranquillity and a sense of calmness, an indoor garden will be a feature of the new supersite. To boost staff health and wellbeing and support a happy culture, a range of amenities including a fully functioning gym, large chef’s kitchen and meals area, relaxed courtyard equipped with BBQ and outdoor seating, half basketball court and landscaped lawn area have been incorporated with employees in mind. More unique spaces include quiet rooms, relaxation areas, games room and training areas.
RAAF Base East Sale, Contract Secured
Civilex Victoria is proud to have secured the $25M contract with Laing O’Rourke for the civil component of works at the RAAF Base in Sale. The works include provision of construction access to site and temporary hangar arrangement to store the 10 aircrafts, which have been ordered by the Department of Defence. As well as this, there are various permanent works including the flight line shelter pavements, taxiway pavements, car parks and access roads. This is a sizeable and prominent job for Civilex to win, and we look forward to commencing works on the project, and continuing to develop our equally rewarding relationship with the Department of Defence.
Melbourne Airport Jet Base, Contract Secured
Civilex are pleased to have just now secured a substantial project with a new client, Hutchinsons Builders. We are looking forward to commencing works on this project, which encompasses construction of a new hangar for Private Jets and excavation for a new building. Works will involve construction of concrete aprons, earthworks, asphalting, and landscaping. Another new client to welcome to our Civilex family, we look forward to building a strong and equally rewarding relationship with Hutchinsons Builders.
Contract Secured for Junction Oval
Civilex are delighted to have once again secured a contract with Cockrams, building on our rewarding relationship. The project consists of the construction of a brand new Oval and Car Park, as well as a new footpath and drainage system. Another Oval Construction win for Civilex, as we continue to impress with our previous Oval experience.
Civilex celebrated a record year within the company in terms of growth and turnover, whilst maintaining a strong profit margin. With staff numbers growing from 60 to 100, we are excited about this growth and are looking to continue on this path and to secure more work with top tier clients.
McKimmies Road Shutdown
Civilex are thrilled with the outcome achieved in the McKimmies Road shutdown over the weekend. The complete road rehabilitation occurred between 6:30pm Friday night and 3:30am Monday morning. Civilex have been praised for the way the shutdown was managed and want to thank everyone who was involved as there were some long shifts and lots of hard work but the end result looks fantastic.
Caulfield Grammar Contract Secured
Civilex are delighted to have recently secured a large project with a new client, Caulfield Grammar. We are excited about this project which encompasses two new maintenance facility buildings, creating an access road to the main road, constructing new retaining walls, updating their carpark, along with their landscaping. Another new client to welcome to the Civilex fold, we look forward to building a strong and equally rewarding relationship with Caulfield Grammar.
Civilex Eighth Birthday Celebrations
The champagne was flowing when Civilex recently celebrated their 8th birthday. In just eight short years, Civilex have grown into a market leader with an annual turnover of $60M plus, and have successfully created a name for themselves as a company that delivers what they promise. Civilex took this opportunity to revel in what has been a tremendous eight years for the young company, and had a night of fun with all staff. The Directors would like to take this chance to thank our staff for all their hard work and contributions in helping create and grow the Civilex name. We look forward to the next eight years and just how far we can go.
Civilex are happy to announce four new members to the Civilex Team. Due to rapid growth in our company, we have recently added a new Estimator and Project Manager to the fold, to support the every growing workload. As well as this, Civilex have created two new roles; Business Development Manager and Estimating Assistant. We are excited to have a Business Development Manager on-board to liaise with our existing clients and to develop and foster new relationships, and assist with increasing the amount of projects we receive. Our new Estimating Assistant role was created to assist the Estimators with the increasing volume of Tenders we are submitting, and to ensure that the quality of the tenders delivered is of the highest standard. We wish all four new team members a long and successful career with Civilex.
In conjunction with Pitchcraft, Civilex recently undertook the redevelopment of Eureka Stadium Ovals located in Ballarat, which come 2017, will be used in AFL matches. The revitalised facility boasts over 5,000 undercover seats, and a total stadium capacity for over 11,000 spectators; and besides being realigned in a now North-East to South-West orientation, the stadium also incorporates enhanced drainage and irrigation systems. The new home to the Western Bulldogs, Eureka Stadium is considered a great success for Civilex.
Soccer Match – Deakin University
Civilex recently achieved practical completion at the sports oval precinct for Deakin University. Civilex was awarded the head contract to construct a high profile sporting precinct that would cater for an extensive range of sports including athletics, soccer, football, cricket and baseball to name a few. The sporting precinct comprises of a variety of playing surfaces to encompass the varying array of sports that are played there. The precinct effortlessly combines natural turf with synthetic grass, acrylic with synthetic rubber. Deakin University were remarkably impressed with what Civilex delivered, feeling we surpassed their expectations in every facet of the project. Deakin University, being so satisfied with the work, invited the Civilex team for a friendly, but competitive, game of soccer on the new field. The turf was fresh, and spirits high, as the Deakin University team and the Civilex team went head to head on the brand new soccer field. The game was close with Civilex getting a close win over the client. The day was a great success, with everyone feeling pleased about the job that had been done there.
Conset and Civilex support for the inaugural Bully Zero Australian Foundation
As part of our commitment to the local community, Conset and Civilex management and staff attended the inaugural Bully Zero Australia Foundation Charity Ball. This foundation aims to promote zero tolerance to the culture of bullying. Conset and Civilex are proud to be supporters of this event.
New office development Conset and Civilex
With the rapid expansion of Conset and Civilex, a new facility is being planned to house the head office and yard. We have recently purchased land in Altona and building will commence shortly. Our new home is expected to house our construction teams and equipment, and reflects our business strategy for growth in coming years.
Civilex announces Melbourne Knights Football Sponsorship
Civilex is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Melbourne Knights Football. As part of the National Premier League, the Club is well regarded in the sporting community.
Joe Bartolo, Managing Director Civilex announced “We are proud to be a local business supporting the local community”.