Do you want your car bay to be enabled for Electric car charging?

Recently I explained that we are installing electric car charging common core infrastructure, details are

Here

and here

This work will be done next week.

If any owners want the cabling extended to their particular car bay can you please let Paul know. The cost will be about $2400 plus GST and this excludes a charging device. I’d recommend that you wait until you have an electric car before you add your charger as this technology may change.

Update on fire brigade visit

Last night someone on Level 1 was doing some cooking. They burnt their dinner and their kitchen filled with smoke. They opened their front door to try and help get it to escape. That triggered the building smoke detectors.

They immediately contacted Paul to warn him what had happened.

The fire brigade was here in about 5 minutes. The people who caused the issue, met the fire guys downstairs and took full responsibility for the accident.

Some people asked why only Level 1 (and 2?) alarm bells were triggered. As I understand there is a system of cascading alarms, so sound the alarm on the problem floor first to get those people out. Then other floors would have sounded if the fire brigade had not taken action.

The sprinklers are triggered by heat.

If your kitchen fills with smoke, it is probably best to open the outside doors/windows in the first instance.

Just a reminder – do NOT use the lift when the alarms are sounding

EV Charging …more

I’ve had a few queries, so let me add a bit more to the story.

When we did the survey earlier in the year, we had 20 people respond and 4 of them said they expect to buy an EV in the next 2 years and another 5 in the 2-5 year time period.

The solution we are installing will allow up to 30 car bays to be connected, we expect that this will be sufficient for at least 5 years.

It is possible that some owners may wish to add a charger to their bay even if they do not buy an EV. This will make rental apartments for attractive for some tenants. Regardless we feel we are installing enough capacity 5 years.

We can expand the capacity to all car bays if required with further investment. We only envisage doing this when we are getting close to the 30 bay limit.

While the EV world is changing quickly, the backbone, the main cost of what we are installing, is mainly basic cables, it is the chargers that owners will install that will evolve most over time. So I expect that little of the common infrastructure will become dated.

You will see very little difference in the carpark. There will be some cabling up high and some boxes installed in our switchboard room.

No owner is being forced to install cabling and charger to their bay. If you do not want one, that is fine.

The current estimates for installation are $2400 plus GST for cabling and $1850 plus GST for a charger. So about $4700 inc GST.

The installation will be a bit like installing a general power point with an extension cable and each individual bay will be assessed by an electrician when you request a connection.

The chargers we are recommending today are JetCharge Chargemates. They work with all EVs sold in Australia. The chargers that can be installed at any time must be compliant with our system.

You can see the ‘power point’ with cover in this picture. That gives you an idea of the size of the charger. EV owners then have a special cable (that comes with their car) running from this device to their car.

Happy to answer any questions

Electric car charging infrastructure

The Committee has decided to install the basic infrastructure for charging electric vehicles (EVs) at a cost of approx. $35K.  It will be installed in May.

Some things to note

  • There will be no levy required to fund this work
  • This work will provide the ‘common backbone’ but users wanting to connect will still need to pay for cabling to their bay and their own charger.  These must be arranged through the OC.
  • The common infrastructure that the OC is funding ensures that we do not place other building power circuits at risk and ensures that the EV owner is immediately billed for power used.
  • Our insurance company has been consulted and confirmed that this does not increase our risk and therefore will not impact our premium.
  • Reference sites consulted commented that the costs for our building are modest compared to many other buildings.
  • Two estate agents who have sold apartments in our building both commented that they are receiving more and more queries from buyers about EV charging.  One agent commented that he has lost St Kilda Rd sales due to the lack of EV charging capability. They both commented that all new apartment blocks MUST have EV charging.

As I have personally ordered an EV, I stood aside when the Committee voted on this matter. 

CYP – week ahead

Good afternoon everyone,

We hope you’ve been having a lovely week.

We are writing today with our next weekly construction lookahead.

Next week will be a shorter week than usual with the Easter long weekend. Works will stop on Thursday, with some works to decommission the large crane commencing from the following Tuesday. We will provide an update on the crane works next Thursday.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

All eight of the station canopy legs that are connected to the pedestals at concourse level have now been installed in the oculus. After Easter, the four remaining legs will be installed.

This week, the first of the timber rafters and steel spline beams have been delivered to site, with the first of their installation underway. This work will continue next week.

Station box construction

No change to the works going on underground next week. Precast over track exhaust (OTE) installation continues, along with the framework that will form the platform doors. Installation of the precast sections of the future station platform are underway. The precast segments will be lowered into the station box until 10pm, while preparation works ahead of their installation will continue overnight. This activity is located entirely at platform level, and is unlikely to generate high noise at surface after 10pm.

Internal walls and permanent columns continue to be constructed in the station box, moving from south to north, as well as continuing the construction of the headwall that connects the station box to the tunnels. These works will involve steelfixing, formworking and concrete pours. As with all concrete pours, they must be completed continuously, and may run over normal construction hours.

As per the construction notice, steel fixing will continue in the station box 24/7.

Plunge columns will continue to be removed, as well as firewall shotcreting, heading from south to north in the station box. Works on the plunge columns will continue within the station box until 10pm, and preparation works for the firewall shotcreting will continue on night shift. These activities are unlikely to generate high noise at surface level.

As mentioned in last week’s update, the crane on surface will be required for use up until 10pm on work nights. The void in the south box continues to be closed up – and as a result a smaller crane has been mobilised in the northern section of site and will begin to be used to lower pre-cast segments into the northern void. This northern void will transition to become the main access down into the station box. The larger crane will be demobilised and taken from site prior to the Easter later this month. There will be times when both the large crane and the new smaller crane will be used on surface until 10pm at the same time.

Today we’ve included a photo of the progress of the platform construction down at the base of the station box. The team are making good progress as they construct the platform from south to north. Once the full platform is constructed, a capping slab of concrete is poured.

Surface Works

Surface breakout at the northern and middle sections of site have been progressing well this week. Below is a detailed run down of works to occur next week.

These works will generate periods of high noise and the works will be carried out during normal working hours.

In addition to the surface works listed below, waterproofing and screeding in the area will continue. Non-Destructive-Digging trucks – also known as sucker trucks –  will be used on site to clean out any debris in the strip of reinforced steel prior to concrete being poured in the sections of delayed pour strip.

Saturday 9/4Monday 11/4Tuesday 12/4Wednesday 13/4Thursday 14/4
Spray and cleanout of stage 2 delayed strip pourCovered access construction through stage 2Stage 2 backfillingStage 1 D-Wall demolition ongoingStage 1 waterproofing ongoingStage 2 upstand demo ongoingStage 2 delayed pour strip ongoingStage 1 D-Wall demolition ongoingStage 1 waterproofing ongoingStage 2 upstand demo ongoingStage 2 delayed pour strip ongoingStage 1 D-Wall demolition ongoingStage 1 waterproofing ongoingStage 2 upstand demo ongoingStage 2 delayed pour strip ongoingStage 1 D-Wall demolition ongoingStage 1 waterproofing ongoingStage 2 upstand demo ongoingStage 2 delayed pour strip ongoing

Thanks,

Rob and Jordan

CYP week ahead

Good afternoon everyone,

We hope you’ve been having a lovely week.

We are writing today with our next weekly construction lookahead.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

If you’ve walked past the site this past week you will have seen that the first of the green canopy legs have been installed in the oculus. Due to their size, the legs are delivered overnight, and then installed during the day. Next week, canopy leg delivery and installation will continue. The first sections of the wooden canopy will also arrive to site next week for installation. We’ve included a picture today of one of the legs being lifted into place by crane.

Station box construction

No change to the works going on underground next week. Precast over track exhaust (OTE) installation continues, along with the framework that will form the platform doors. Installation of the precast sections of the future station platform are underway. The precast segments will be lowered into the station box until 10pm, while preparation works ahead of their installation will continue overnight. This activity is located entirely at platform level, and is unlikely to generate high noise at surface after 10pm.

Internal walls and permanent columns continue to be constructed in the station box, moving from south to north, as well as continuing the construction of the headwall that connects the station box to the tunnels. These works will involve steelfixing, formworking and concrete pours. As with all concrete pours, they must be completed continuously, and may run over normal construction hours.

As per the construction notice, steel fixing will continue in the station box 24/7.

Plunge columns will continue to be removed, as well as firewall shotcreting, heading from south to north in the station box. Works on the plunge columns will continue within the station box until 10pm, and preparation works for the firewall shotcreting will continue on night shift. These activities are unlikely to generate high noise at surface level.

As mentioned in last week’s update, the crane on surface will be required for use up until 10pm on work nights. The void in the south box continues to be closed up – and as a result a smaller crane has been mobilised in the northern section of site and will begin to be used to lower pre-cast segments into the northern void. This northern void will transition to become the main access down into the station box. The larger crane will be demobilised and taken from site prior to the Easter later this month. There will be times when both the large crane and the new smaller crane will be used on surface until 10pm at the same time.

Surface Works

Surface breakout at the northern end of site has been progressing well this week. Below is a detailed run down of works to occur next week.

These works will generate periods of high noise and the works will be carried out during normal working hours.

In addition to the surface works listed below, waterproofing in the area will continue.

Monday 4/4Tuesday 5/4Wednesday 6/4Thursday 7/4Friday 8/4Saturday 9/4
Concrete screed pour Stage 1Loadout fill Stage 1Loadout styrene blocks stage 1 and 2Demolition of timber walkway in stage 2Loadout styrene blocks stage 1/2Loadout fill stage 1Breakout Stage 2 protection slabDemolition of timber walkway in stage 2Covered access construction through stage 2Covered access construction through stage 2Spray and cleanout of stage 2 delayed strip pourCovered access construction through stage 2Spray and cleanout of stage 2 delayed strip pourBackfill of stage 2 area commenceSpray and cleanout of stage 2 delayed strip pourCovered access construction through stage 2Stage 2 backfilling

Traffic detector loop maintenance – Tuesday 5 April

On Tuesday evening, maintenance work will take place on the detector loop system at the eastbound intersection of Park Street and St Kilda Road. For the duration of these works, Park Street eastbound will be closed between Wells Street and St Kilda Road, with a detour in place via Wells Street and Dorcas Street.

The works are anticipated to take only a few hours, and while most of the works will not be impactful, some concrete sawcutting will be required to expose the detector loop system. This will be completed at the beginning of the works.

We’ve included the notification that was distributed to the area to this email for you for reference.

Thanks

Rob and Jordan