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Keystone Projects Group

Since forming in 2008, New South Wales based Keystone Projects Group has built a staff of 22 skilled individuals taking on a diverse range of projects. These range from child care projects to aged care facilities, Anglican churches to Hindu temples, youth centres to offices, and more.

Strategically located in Homebush, Keystone Projects Group takes on projects across NSW with enthusiasm, professionalism, and decades of hands-on experience, leading to successful projects from inception to handover.

Created in the spirit of collaboration, the foundation of Keystone Projects was formed when a number of talented and enterprising individuals banded together with the vision of showcasing their strengths and understanding of the design and construction process. A diverse range of skills – combined with a relentless commitment to quality and meeting client needs through on-time and on-budget project delivery – has enabled Keystone Projects to maintain a strong, innovative edge over its competition.

“Factors that led to founding the company were the synergies available in providing a complete project solution from what is underground to the complete building solution,” says company Director, Mark Nelson, who founded the company along with Paul and Chris Burton (directors at Burton Contractors Pty Ltd) and Alan Luong. Utilising the financial backing of Burton Contractors, Paul and Chris Burton being equal shareholders with Mark and Alan in Keystone Projects Group (KPG), the firm has helped Keystone to secure a security bond facility and carry out proposed construction on projects valued up to $20 million. Working on a mix of new endeavours, both green and brown sites and alterations and additions to existing buildings, the company will take on projects ranging from $500,000 to $15 million.

With almost 20 years of building experience, Mr Nelson has worked as both a senior member and chief estimator for some of the leading construction companies in Sydney, and he brings considerable cost planning and estimating expertise to all commercial, industrial, educational, residential, and community sectors of the building industry. This experience, along with that of Alan Luong, the Construction director and the other partners, continues to benefit Keystone and its many clients. “We have been able to keep tight controls on budgets and strategies to win and build projects in a tough, tight environment,” says Mr Nelson.

Combining their decades of experience in the commercial construction environment, Keystone’s four Directors take on projects across New South Wales with passion and professionalism across a range of industry sectors. In addition to a thorough background in Design and Construct, Keystone Projects Group is able to provide its clients with a range of services. These include: in-house civil engineering, cost planning, feasibility studies, value engineering, project budgeting, environmentally sustainable design, and quality project delivery.

Through a combination of innovation and experience, a commitment to safety and the environment, the utilisation of proven systems, and close communication with clients, Keystone Projects Group is able to see every project through to successful completion.

Going Green

In recent years, environmentally sustainable development has moved into the forefront and become a genuine consideration when renovating an existing structure or building a new one. Across a range of projects in sectors such as community, education, aged care, retail, commercial, childcare, and ministry, “green” is everywhere, and for good reason. From floor to roof and everything in-between, there is virtually no part of a structure that cannot be positively affected through green standards and certification. At Keystone Projects Group, the staff’s knowledge about new and innovative products remains a focal point for the company.

“We are involved in – and members of – the Green Building Council of Australia,” comments Mr Nelson of Keystone, which takes steps to ensure projects are finished with environmentally friendly and/or certified products and that the bulk of materials used during the construction process meet green standards.

Many homeowners and businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of greener products in their dwellings, and Keystone takes pride in passing this knowledge to the consumer. For example, for some floor areas, carpet tiles work best in commercial space – which can be easily removed and replaced if stained or damaged – while other spots are better suited to other products. Today, a number of suppliers are able to produce product from recycled content – which not only meets green star requirements, but maintains product quality and integrity.

A significant part of Keystone’s mission is to create a greater awareness of eco-friendly products. This commitment is evident in every stage of production, from the suppliers Keystone chooses to the manufacturing process. The company works with manufacturers who not only take pride in their products, but also use methods to reduce or eliminate waste during production, such as reduced energy or water consumption. Other products contain a higher amount of post-consumer / recycled content, which means more material is re-used in items like ceiling tiles and plasterboard. These items will still maintain their structural integrity and acoustic properties, and walls (linings and panels) made with recycled content can actually be more resistant than plasterboard in cases of impact or fire.

Across the spectrum of construction materials, other products are also becoming much more environmentally friendly over the years, such as insulation, which is manufactured from previously recycled fibre (from PET plastics) ranging in content from 40 to 75 per cent. Other common products, such as paint, are now being made with fewer Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), as petroleum-based paints are being phased out worldwide. Traditional paints with high VOC content often caused breathing problems, headaches and dizziness for residents or occupants and had that “paint smell” to them, while paints, lacquers, and other modern products release fewer fumes and are better for health.

Likewise, lighting has changed dramatically in just a few years, as traditional incandescent bulbs and even compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) contain mercury and must be disposed of safely. Across Australia, many are choosing to use eco-friendly products such as Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, which lasts for many years, is highly effective, results in far less landfill, and saves considerable amounts of power – resulting in cheaper electrical bills for the end user. Today, there is a focus on products which use greater amounts of recycled materials and fewer resources like water and electricity, generate fewer emissions during the manufacturing process, are efficient, and can in some cases be recycled over and over again, resulting in less wasted material.

A Range of Services

Providing clients across all sectors with a wide selection of services, Keystone Projects has the experienced team necessary to ensure complete client satisfaction; a full range of services ensures quality outcomes from start to finish. Along with design and construction and civil engineering, Keystone works in step with clients on a number of other crucial areas including concept design on proposed sites, pre-purchase site and building evaluations, feasibility budgeting, quantity surveying and cost estimating, and value engineering. Keystone Projects will undertake an analysis of current facility utilisation and product and cubic metre space utilisation, review distribution layouts and processes, and work on projects involving refurbishment and additions – all with an eye toward creating top-notch, high quality environmentally sustainable developments across NSW – always with the client’s best interests in mind.

These and other construction considerations have been an integral part of many successful projects, such as the St. John’s Park Anglican Church, Brookvale Child Care, the Bonnyrigg High School, the Marugan Hindu Temple, and the Guildford Youth Centre, to name just a few.

No matter the sector, Keystone remains committed to delivering industry-leading projects and maintains its longstanding dedication to quality from start to finish while adhering to safety and environmental standards on all construction sites. ISO 9000 accredited, the company also has full accreditation with the NSW government safety system. To ensure smooth progression on all sites, the company’s Project Managers are multi-faceted in their skills and approach, and tracking and scheduling is handled with the help of customised project management and reporting software, Taylored Accounting software, and a continuous rhythm of meetings. A strict adherence to systems ensures on-time and on-budget delivery.

Much of Keystone’s success, says Mr Nelson, lies in the company’s in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the Design and Construction process. “We have established a mastery of the profession, and have a key focus on improving the lives in local communities where we build,” he says. “We are driven here at Keystone Projects Group, and have a sense of pride and personal responsibility.”

For more information about Keystone Projects Group, please visit http://www.keystoneprojectsgroup.com.au.

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