Point Cook Senior Secondary College


A delay in the new school construction program exposed the Department of Education and Training (DET) to a risk of not meeting scheduled school opening deadlines for the 2008 school year. DET approached SMS to project manage the establishment of a temporary relocatable complex on a green-field site adjacent to the construction works. SMS delivered a fully operational school including paved and recreational areas for the start of the 2008 school year.

These services incorporated:
• Rapidly determining the best options with the available services infrastructure.
• Developing a building layout that realistically accommodated new and proposed services and permanent building configuration without compromising or impacting on the programming of the permanent building works.
• Accommodating and co-ordinating all trades and service providers in a safe, organised manner where scheduling of tasks was critical in the successful delivery of the project.

SMS considered and complimented the design towards future building stages in respect to service infrastructure and positioning of administration/ablution buildings. This enabled the school to retain elements of the relocatable site as part of the new school construction program.

Skene Street Special Development School, Stawell

SMS was approached by the school’s Project Architect to manage the relocation of the school onto an adjacent oval during the 2007/2008 Christmas holiday period so that a permanent building project could be undertaken. SMS managed the disconnection and relocation of services and infrastructure to the oval accessed via a shared driveway with the adjacent TAFE College. This involved the delicate management of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic and integration into several services common to both sites without interruption to those critical services. The project was extended to include demolition of a derelict building including prior removal of hazardous materials. The capital works project architect requested SMS to manage the identification and removal of hazardous materials prior to demolition.

These services incorporated:
• Effective site management including traffic routing and access to ensure the adjacent TAFE continued to operate their holiday and new-year program of courses with limited impact or interference.
• Developing a building layout that maximised the limited space and caused the least impact on the oval which was later reclaimed for summer sports at the completion of the project.

SMS’s ability to coordinate both the relocatable project and the demolition within the time constraints of a Christmas holiday period ensured a safe, organised start to the new school year. The project was successfully delivery to the agreed budgets and within tight time frames.

Belle Vue Park Primary School

The school required a new library complex to meet the growing needs of the school community and to provide an enhanced learning environment for students.

SMS was engaged by the school to design, document and tender the project. Works involved the demolition of four (4) classrooms and the relocation of the school library into the allocated area.

Structural engineers were engaged to work with our staff to incorporate all necessary structural steelwork and ensure the existing classrooms adjoining the site were unaffected by the works.


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SMS continues to provide innovative and practical solutions to complex projects without adverse impact on project schedule or price.

On one project, SMS considered and complimented the design of a temporary school towards future building stages in respect to service infrastructure and positioning of administration/ablution buildings. This enabled the school to retain elements of the relocatable site as part of the new school construction program.

Another recent innovation was where SMS reutilised the existing decking walkway between relocatable buildings by dismantling it in sections, relocating and reassembling it using trucks and cranes already on site for positioning the relocatable buildings. This minimised the amount of dismantling and reassembly time required enabling cost savings and a reduced schedule for accessing finished buildings.