Cer­e­mony marks Quar­ter mile­stone

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A year af­ter earth­works for The Quar­ter started, Doric has held a tra­di­tional top­ping out cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate fin­ish­ing the fi­nal level.

Com­ple­tion of roof­ing on the GP Su­per Clinic, where con­struc­tion be­gan in April, was also cel­e­brated last Wed­nes­day.

Doric chief ex­ec­u­tive Vince Mul­hol­land said about 170,000 man hours had been ex­pended on The Quar­ter, with a fur­ther 11,000 still re­quired.

“We have used 6775cum of con­crete, 500 tonnes of re­in­forc­ing steel, 559 pre­cast pan­els, 200 tonnes of struc­tural steel­work and on com­ple­tion there will be ap­prox­i­mately 3680sqm of glazed fa­cade used in The Quar­ter,” he said.

“Th­ese are all sig­nif­i­cant num­bers, but the fig­ure that we are most proud of is that of lo­cal con­tent.

“Doric has let 69 per cent of trade pack­ages to lo­cal con­trac­tors, which amounts to $18.5 mil­lion of con­tract works.

“This trans­lates to em­ploy­ment for 23 Kar­ratha con­trac­tors.” The Quar­ter is on track to be com­pleted in mid-2016.

Mr Mul­hol­land said the GP Su­per Clinic, while a small project, would have a big im­pact on Kar­ratha and the broader com­mu­nity.

“This med­i­cal fa­cil­ity has been de­signed with an ac­knowl­edge­ment and re­spect for Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture, with all con­sul­tant rooms on the ground floor and con­tain­ing a win­dow so that our in­dige­nous peo­ple might be close to the ground and able to see the sky,” he said.

“Sim­i­larly there is a male and fe­male cor­ri­dor be­tween the con­sul­tant rooms en­abling males and fe­males from the same fam­ily to seek med­i­cal treat­ment with­out the risk of see­ing or dis­cussing th­ese is­sues with mem­bers of their fam­ily.”

The Su­per Clinic will of­fer doc­tors ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and clin­i­cal train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

It is ex­pected to be com­pleted in March.

The prac­tice of top­ping out a build­ing comes from Scan­di­navia and in­volves plac­ing a tree on the roof to ap­pease tree-dwelling spir­its dis­placed by con­struc­tion.

No trees were placed on The Quar­ter or GP Su­per Clinic roofs, with Doric in­stead opt­ing for drinks and nib­bles at Vita Cafe.

Pic­ture: Doric

Lance van Drunick, Deme­tra and Harry Xy­das, mem­ber for Pil­bara Bren­don Grylls, Katie An­drews, An­drew Durkin, Shaun Oostryck, Travis McNaught, Jay­den Smith, Vince Mul­hol­land and Robin Van­den­burg.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

A top­ping out cer­e­mony was held for The Quar­ter and the GP Su­per Clinic last week.

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