Multi-Skilled and Adaptable

Kym Clarke Constructions

Some construction companies feel the need to advertise just about every project they are working on to get business. At Kym Clarke Constructions, the company’s many decades in the construction industry and successful, on-time completion of projects for private and government clients speaks for itself.

“I crawled before I walked,” says Mr Clarke of his years of hands-on industry experience and the origins of the private, family-run business bearing his name. Long before forming the Port Lincoln-based company, Mr Clarke completed his joinery apprenticeship with JB Sellers in Adelaide and, aged just 17, was hired in a carpentry position with HF Sarah & Sons. Soon, the young Mr Clarke gained the necessary knowledge and skill needed for successfully tendering both commercial and residential projects when he was engaged as a Quantity Surveyor.

Relocating with his family to Port Lincoln, Mr Clarke worked for a branch of HF Sarah & Sons in the area, and was in time responsible for a number of well-known projects, such as the Matthew Flinders Nursing Home, ANZ Bank, Tumby Bay Council office, Warramboo School, the Lake Wangary School, and a variety of government offices.

Soon, he began to recognise the potential for growth in Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula. Once contracts with his employer were completed, he made the decision to establish his own company, Kym Clarke Constructions, in 1980 at age 30. Today, after over three decades as Managing Director of his own company and with years of experience, Mr Clarke has a dedicated staff of 26 fulltime employees, including his wife Ann who acts in a key Company Secretarial & Office Managing position. Taking on a diverse range of projects, the company works in Port Lincoln, along with Ceduna, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Mambray Creek, Clare, Adelaide, Waikerie, and other areas.

Multi-Talented Team

“People have heard about us and have made contact with us, and we have gone and done work for them outside of our zone, because of our reputation,” says Mr Clarke. Working in the residential homes and apartment area, commercial and retail sectors, along with projects for local councils and government sectors, the company is government-qualified to Category Four, and can take on projects up to $10 million. Recently, Kym Clarke Constructions was a part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution stimulus, which saw $16.2 billion committed to about 24,000 projects across the nation.

“We’re a small building company, but we do some major commercial work,” says Mr Clarke of the company, which has done everything from landscaping maintenance, to installing concrete paths, to large-scale home refurbishments. “We will do everything from putting up a fence to $10 million projects.”

Much of the company’s success comes from its versatility, which extends to the people Kym Clarke Constructions chooses to hire. The employees the company retains are taught to be multi-skilled on the job, and are provided with opportunities for ongoing training to better their existing construction talents and develop new ones. Someone who just wants to do a single job is not the best fit for the company, which takes pride in seeking staff with broad and diverse skill sets.

“We’re all multi-talented here,” says Mr Clarke. “One minute, our guys will go and do a heap of roofing, tiling or some ceiling work, and the next week, they might be weeding a garden. That’s the diversity and the strength of our company, being multi-skilled. We just build, and we have to do that, because we’re in an isolated area.”

To ensure all projects big and small run smoothly, Kym Clarke Constructions has policies for quality and safety that are second to none. With skilled project managers and a thorough knowledge of commercial, industrial, residential, and maintenance works, the team takes pride in meeting, and often exceeding industry standards and the expectations of its clients. Open and honest in dealing with customers and complying with all relevant state and local government regulations, the company regularly undertakes formal reviews and establishes key performance indicators, which are evaluated at strategic management review meetings and during operational meetings.

Despite the company’s many successful years in the business, Kym Clarke Constructions remains dedicated to ongoing improvement. To ensure success, the company has developed and implemented a Business Management System which complies with the quality management system requirements of AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008, along with an occupational health and safety management system which meets the requirements of AS/NZS 4801:2001. In addition, the company is third party certified to international and Australian standards by TQCS International, which provides customers with further assurance of Kym Clarke Constructions’ commitment to delivering the highest quality service and maintaining a safe workplace environment. This assurance of quality extends to all subcontractors, many of whom have enjoyed long-standing relationships with the company.

Commercial, Residential, and Much More

Excelling in commercial construction, the company is certified to take on a diverse range of projects which have been awarded through the South Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. All projects from government entities, commercial developers, and private individuals are treated with the same attention to quality, professionalism, and safety. In the commercial and residential sectors, the company works closely with architects, designers, engineers, consultants, project managers and other relevant parties to ensure effective communication and proper project planning “long before the first brick is stacked.” No matter the size or scope of the project, Kym Clarke Construction strives to turn the vision of all clients into reality.

In business for over three decades, Kym Clarke Constructions has firmly rooted connections with many partners in the nation’s building industry, including subcontractors, suppliers, and project administrators. In the residential sector, the company takes pride in constructing homes of distinction across Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula. Additionally, Kym Clarke Constructions often takes on extensions and renovations to existing homes, and has the skills and experience and necessary to deliver work of exceptional character and quality.

In addition to praise from its many clients over the past 32 years, Kym Clarke Constructions has received a number of awards for its work in the residential and commercial sectors. These include Excellence in Commercial Building over $1 million (2009), Excellence in Renovation and Addition (2009), Builder of the Year and Contract Home Builder (2007), Contract Home Builder (2006), and Excellence in Contract Home and Excellence in Medium Destiny Development over Five Dwellings (2005).

Lincoln Tilt Up Constructions

With an eye toward innovation in the building industry, Kym Clarke Constructions established Lincoln Tilt Up Constructions four years ago after seeing the growth potential within Port Lincoln and others areas of the Eyre Peninsula. Fast and cost-effective, tilt up construction involves creating pre-cast concrete panels, which are then “tilted” upright to create buildings which are structurally sound. Popular for creating warehouses and other commercial projects, tilt up construction has other advantages over traditional methods. Tilt up panel construction permits unobstructed and highly serviceable floor areas, offer many modern, flexible design options, and make the best use of the available land. “It is more economical to create pre-cast panels onsite than trucking them from Adelaide,” says Mr Clarke of the technique, which is now being used to create an entire block of residential units.

At Kym Clarke Constructions, the company is not simply focused on creating structures, but on building relationships. Every project is seen as an opportunity to produce not only a superior residential, commercial, industrial or government building, but one that serves as a positive reflection of the client’s tastes and a commitment to quality for years to come.

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

January 18, 2021, 9:34 PM AEDT