Consultation and Collaboration
Through detailed discussion with Hutchies early in the planning phase, AFS provided insights into the benefits of light gauge steel to the builder and the developer.
AFS established the required resources and assisted with planning and outcomes management. It provided evidence of financial stability as a partner, capacity to scale, ability and commitment to meet and deliver the proposed scope of works.
An exciting area of collaboration resulted in innovative problem solving. Hutchies required delivery of large volumes of frames to site simultaneously to install immediately and stay on track of the construction program. However, the number of installers and trucks required would likely reduce productivity. AFS was able to steadily supply the installers with a just-in-time strategy, drawing from sufficient on-site stock that installers could access on-demand. During construction, AFS placed a fulltime Project Manager on site to maintain communications, streamline logistics and assist with any concerns on the ground.
By sign-off, Hutchies had an advantageous solution, an efficient program, and a framing partner they could rely on.
The AFS team thrives on complex, high profile and multifaceted projects.
The team established a solution that exceeded customer expectations on efficiency, budget and deadlines.
Through collaboration with AFS in the early design phase, Hutchies agreed to substitute most of the structural steel with light gauge steel frames which returned a significant cost savings to them.
To meet the evolving development stages, AFS scaled-up its design team.
AFS also increased its manufacturing output to ensure project timelines were met. AFS’s 6-Step quality control measures safeguarded the results. To speed up installation and avoid overcrowding of transportation vehicles and installers on site, AFS manufactured ahead of time to supply small stockpiles of frames on site, enabling on-demand access for installers. AFS coordinated extra transport resources to regulate the rate of delivery and carefully manage demand.
In line with the complexity of this project and accelerated program, AFS placed a full time Project Manager on site for the duration of the project to guarantee quality outcomes.
AFS’s customised service delivery helped compress the build time program to a 16-month delivery from the original 18-month program.
The Design team scaled to manage the large volume of detailing work. AFS increased its manufacturing output rate to supply the high volume order within the tight time frames of this project.
AFS advised Hutchies on alternative design methods including substituting applicable structural steel with light gauge steel frames, which returned significant cost savings to Hutchies.
Outcomes management, collaboration and innovative problem-solving led to reliable product delivery ahead of program which created efficiencies for Hutchies such as maintaining the program ahead of schedule to enable following trades to flow through without delay.
Local representation of AFS’s fulltime Project Manager on site boosted communication and enabled collaboration with key site stakeholders, the AFS factory and installers compressing the critical path.
“Our work with AFS spans over a decade. The AFS team provided outstanding expertise on VUE Terrace Homes - their experience, attention to detail and progressive approach to Design & Construct has again proven valuable. No matter the scale, our Construction teams always welcome the opportunity to work with AFS on our projects”.
Levi Corby, Team Leader, Hutchinson Builders.