The Sunshine Coast has received a retail boost with a substantial new investment
by Harvey Norman. Known as the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, it is the first
new major bulky goods complex to be built in South East Queensland since 2009.
Designed by Leffler Simes Architects to be a prestigious bulky retail
destination, the $130 million centre also features cafés on the ground level. To
make the most of the five hectare site a basement car park for over 900 cars has
been included and the first floor dedicated to commercial office suites and a
ADCO Constructions built the centre with Coolmaster contracted to design and
construct the mechanical services.
Fantech’s Queensland branch, Air Design, supplied eight car park sound
attenuators and over 100 fans for general use, smoke-spill and for the car park.
Senior Technical Sales Representative Kent Taylor said the combined smoke-spill
air flow rate was well over 500 cubic metres per second (500m3/s).
Coolmaster Senior Project Manager, Adrian Wallin, said they had worked on the
project for 15 months during which time there had been a few hiccups.
“The large building footprint (450 x 75 metres) posed a challenge for the
installation of the air conditioning units, and the corresponding insulated duct
work, as they were cumbersome and difficult to manoeuvre. Normally these would
be simply craned into position, but the building span was so great the crane
would need to be set up, the product lifted into position then the crane be
pulled down and repositioned for the next lift,” Adrian said.
“This would have been costly in both time and money. The solution was to employ
a helicopter for a full day on four separate occasions.”
“Although expensive, the helicopter was a cheaper alternative compared to a
crane because of its increased efficiency,” Adrian said. “For example, several
air conditioning units that were too heavy to lift with the helicopter, had to
be craned in – using this method only five units were lifted in a day. In
comparison, the helicopter was constantly on the move, only landing in the
compound to refuel and as a result we airlifted 23 units in a single day and on
another lifted 35 smoke-spill and four car park fans”.
Adrian said Mother Nature had also created some unusual challenges. In late
March a once-in-a-century weather event dumped 130mm of rain on the Sunshine
Coast in an hour and almost 400mm of rain fell over a six hour period. “The
deluge caused flash flooding and several fans were damaged,” he said. “Air
Design replaced them as a matter of urgency to reduce any delays on the
The centre opened in November 2012 and is anchored by Harvey Norman with other
major retailers including Domayne, Nick Scali Furniture and Joyce Mayne.