Working under a redevelopment certainly has its challenges. This project was no different. We liken it to living in your house while renovating. The key is to ensure nothing goes unchecked.
The Royal Australian Navy Diving School (RANDS) and the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit (SUMU) at HMAS Penguin, including the RANDS Pittwater Annex, were extensively redeveloped between November 2011 and December 2013. While predominantly a building construction project, the recompression chamber facility (including the diver’s charging system) was upgraded. This created a significant impact and presented us with a unique challenge.
It was up to the team at HIFraser to maintain the capability and availability of the recompression chamber facility and diver’s charging systems, whilst the buildings they were housed in, were literally rebuilt around them. We won two separate subcontracts for this project, namely the design services and installation/project management for the hyperbaric systems.