A MAJOR renovation at McCallum Disability Services will provide a modern and contemporary environment for a vital program.
The massive $800,000 redevelopment of the former Drummond Unit and conference hall at Learmonth Street will act as a hub for the Community Connections program that provides high-support needs to clients.
After construction began in April, architect Ryan Adamson said the design was based on a passive, sustainable solar theme.
He said the most challenging part of the project was removing existing footings and concrete reinforcements.
“The demolition was the hard part. We had to remove a lot of existing deep concrete footings to make way for the new foundations,” Mr Adamson said. “It was a three-week demolition process.”
Community Connections manager Deb Watson said the former structure had been in a dismal state.“The new building will be a far more pleasant environment and provide a great space for the best outcomes for our clients.”
The building, in lock-up stage, is expected to be completed by mid-October.
The entirely self-funded development includes two new client support rooms, a staff office, counselling rooms, and a kitchen and meals area. The 300-square-metre development includes the revamp of the existing conference hall which will be available for venue hire.
McCallum Disability Services CEO Shane Molloy said the building would play a significant role in providing disability services to Ballarat.
“It’s about meeting peoples needs,” he said.