IBM Australia

Cumberland Forest Master Plan, stage 1. Micro-planning the key to a complex refurbishment within an live environment

With an end-of-life upgrade due at its 25-year-old Cumberland Forest facility, IBM Australia also decided to create new floor space for its business hub and commercial data backup centre. As this advanced facility’s N+1 redundancy could not be compromised, the project was executed in a live operational site, involving a number of technical challenges. SHAPE  assembled an expert team and engaged in extensive up-front planning and meetings, and rigorous subcontractor selection. A strict protocol of regular approval and sign off was adhered to throughout the project.

Attention to detail and technical expertise critical to success

Long lead time components were very tightly monitored by all possible means to ensure timely delivery. Maintaining air-conditioning operations was an imperative that added greatly to the complexity of this project. For example, replacing old air chillers with new units required technical procedures such as hot tapping, as well as a flexible methodology. The successful completion of this demanding project has resulted in a continuing partnership between IBM and SHAPE.

Client: IBM Australia

Floor Area: 3,000 m²

Delivery Model: Construction Manager

Location: West Pennant Hills, Sydney

State: NSW

Project type: Fitout, Refurbishment, $5 Million+

Completion date: October 2008

Duration: 7 months

Sector: Office

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