Founded on relationships
BMD is one of the largest, wholly Australian, family owned construction and urban development companies in the nation. Started by Mick and Denise Power over thirty three years ago, the business has grown from a small family company into a top tier construction and urban development organisation with combined revenue of over $1 billion and more than 1500 employees.
Throughout this time, the company estimates that the key to their success has been in “retaining our family and community values and never compromising our integrity.”
At both a national and state level, BMD has the proven capacity and capability to deliver complex infrastructure projects through a variety of “best for project” delivery models. As a result of these models, the company has developed a reputation for consistently delivering low cost, innovative, tier-one projects – all without compromising key client drivers such as safety, quality and program.
From the start, BMD Constructions has formed “outstanding relationships” with all their stakeholders – from their satisfied clients, to their empowered staff, and to their trusted roster of subcontractors and loyal suppliers. With all those groups, BMD takes a collaborative approach, and works closely alongside them to determine how to achieve the best result at the greatest level of efficiency.
“BMD was founded on the principle of achieving success through people,” says a representative from the company. “We value each individual and empower, support, and encourage them. It’s our positive approach and self-belief that enables us to achieve as individuals, as a team, and as a business.”
“This dedication engenders a loyalty that is evidenced through the solid growth of BMD’s resource base, the high calibre of staff, and the number of long serving employees. In essence, what makes BMD different is our value system, unique culture, and genuine commitment to all staff.”
Directly, BMD is proud to employ approximately 1500 people, Many of those team members are long standing, and all of them are pivotal to the company’s success.
When it comes to their suppliers, BMD’s commitment is just as strong. Their relationships with companies such as Holcim, Boral, Humes, Coates and Iplex have endured for more than 30 years, and are still ongoing.
“At BMD, we see things differently,” the company reiterates. “We see our strengths in the quality of our people and our genuine relationships with clients, partners and communities.”
Over the years, BMD Construction’s consistent quality has not gone unrecognised. The group has received a wide variety of awards and commendations at both state and national levels, from numerous industry bodies including the Civil Contractors Federations, Urban Development Institute of Australia, and the Master Builders Association of Australia.
Most recently, at the 2013 Master Builders Association awards for the ACT, the company was recognised with a win in the Subdivision category, for their work
“It is always rewarding to be recognised by your peers and industry,” says Justin Devantier, Construction Manager for the company’s ACT division. “The annual MBA awards in ACT are a prestigious event and also very competitive, so to walk away with an award is extremely satisfying.”
This year, BMD’s award-winning project was the Crace Estate – a master planned, GreenSmart accredited estate, developed by CIC and conveniently located just 3.5 km from the Gungahlin town centre. It includes a brand new 4.5 hectare Community Recreation Irrigated Park (CRIP), which was designed for all ages and is the first of its kind in Canberra.
BMD was engaged as head contractor for the Crace Estate project right from the start, and has been involved in the delivery for the past four years. Their team was directly responsible for the construction of all contract works and the design and construction of several specific elements including sporting facilities, fitness equipment, wetland areas, irrigation systems, shade structures, BBQ areas, toilet facilities, and associated structures.
According to Devantier, the most challenging aspect of the project was delivering the CRIP – which was made difficult by wet weather and ground conditions plagued by large amounts of stormwater run-off. To overcome that challenge, he says they worked closely with their subcontractors and placed a strong emphasis on sequencing and programming, so they could work as well as possible around wet weather periods.
“Together with the key subcontractors and the client, we put in place a rigorous programming process which included daily, weekly and monthly reviews,” Devantier explains. “The continual review of the program, together with the collaborative approach of the entire team, enabled us to identify opportunities where work could progress immediately – as opposed to what was originally pre-defined.”
Devantier adds that the program was updated twice a week, and changes were determined based on daily meetings between engineers, foreman and the relevant subcontractors involved. Re-programming required changes to safety and environmental controls, and daily inspections to ensure that safety and environmental targets remained uncompromised. It also involved co-ordinating various local subcontractors, which required strong and clear communication.
Despite these challenges, BMD still achieved a good commercial outcome for CIC and all stakeholders. Devantier credits that success above all odds to the “programming and co-ordination skill and expertise of the project management team.”
He also credits the skill and adaptability of their subcontractors, who rose to meet those challenges at every stage.
“BMD believes that relationships are the foundation of success,” Devantier says. “From the outset, we recognised that this project included a great amount of detail and the client expected a high quality delivery.”
“We aligned ourselves with like-minded subcontractors and suppliers who we knew could deliver and meet and exceed all expectations,” he says. “Any issues were collaboratively worked through as a team. We understood our client’s expectations and delivered on these.”
According to Devantier, the project was ultimately award-worthy because of the way it was delivered – “as a collaborative team.”
He also believes the project was award-worthy for the sustainable results they were able to achieve. The CRIP recreation park includes 8000 square metres of formal lawns, gardens, native woodlands, pond, wetlands, and “kick-about space.” The whole property is irrigated by a wetland system and stormwater harvesting pool, which was designed to ensure that the water source is over 90 per cent secure.
“In this way, the pond and wetlands are more than just an attractive landscape feature, they are part of Crace’s overall sustainability plan,” Devantier says.
Moving forward, BMD Constructions will continue to deliver high quality, award-worthy projects like Crace Estate. At present, for example, they are delivering Australia’s largest road project – the $1.6 billion Legacy Way twin tunnel project in Brisbane, which they are completing in partnership with Acciona Infrastructure and Ghella.
The company predicts a strong result on that project – much like the strong results they have achieved on countless projects before.
“We see our success linked to our ability to deliver certainty through consistent performance. We see our future shaped by all that has made us successful in the past.”
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