Novelli Pavilion Sod Turning

Novelli Pavilion Sod Turning for City of Armadale, construction by Alita Constructions

The first sod of the new 400m2 Novelli Pavilion for the City of Armadale has been turned!

The ‘sod turning’ event was attended by CoA Mayor Ruth Butterfield, Deputy Mayor Carole Frost, CoA Project Team, Alita Constructions Project Manager Johnny McCann and Director Alastair Kleyn.

This design and construct project is a sports and community facility at Terracina Parkway, Piara Waters. The design for the pavilion includes a function room, kitchen/kiosk, internal and external store rooms, toilet facilities including unisex accessible toilets, cleaner’s room, bin store and covered verandah.

The project is expected to be completed mid-year.

See the project here.

Additional Media

City of Armadale’s’ Press Release

What is sod turning?

Sod turning is the turning of the first sod (meaning ground). It is a traditional ceremony to celebrate the first day of construction.

How to choose a commercial builder in the Perth construction market

Alita Constructions share "How to choose a commercial builder in the Perth construction market"

Are you thinking of building a Warehouse, Factory, Church, Commercial complex … Not sure how to choose a commercial builder in the Perth construction market?

Don’t know where to start?

With the recent downturn in the Perth economy, the building game has become a risky place to be if you’re not skilled up on what to look out for in a builder.

Commercial Builders are quoting below margin just to win the job and worrying about how to make their profit later. Meaning they will find ways to “squeeze” more money out of you to make their profit. 

This method can result in some pretty disastrous risks.

If a builder has taken on a few jobs at below margin they may find their cash flow suffers and soon they won’t be able to pay their trades. When they don’t pay their trades the work stops. The work stops, your building comes to a halt. Leaving you possibly paying rent on your current premises and loan repayments for a building that you don’t know when you will get to occupy.

Alternatively, you can be left paying more for a building than you expected because now the builder has found all these “extras” that aren’t in their quote. Sure you can negotiate but really you’re bent over a barrel, you need the project finished.

So when choosing a commercial builder for your next commercial project, take the following into consideration;

  • Remember; don’t select a builder based on price! You usually get what you pay for! 
  • If they talk about relationships this is important, meet with the builder a few times. Compatibility is important. 
  • Have they got experience in building what you require?
  • Will they give you the contact numbers of references?
  • How many repeat clients do they have? 
  • Ask for references of subcontractors. Do they pay on time?
  • Have they been around for a while?
  • What are their current commitments? Do they have too much work on? Have they got no work?
  • What measures do they have in place for variations? 
  • Do they have the required licences and insurances? 
    • Builders Registration
    • Public Liability 
    • Workers Compensation
  • Are they willing to do Bank Guarantees?
  • Unsure:
  • Get your accountant to do a credit check

Alita Constructions; Best Office Building Award

Alita Constructions win MBAWA Award for Best Office Building

Alita Constructions were awarded the Best Office Building, $5-10 million range for the Peel Youth Medical Services Health Hub at the 2019 Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards on Saturday the 20th of July.

To be acknowledged for the high quality of work on this project, is really a reflection of the hard work the Alita Team put in to the build. We would like to thank all of the consultants, subcontractors and suppliers involved, as well as Mulder Kampman Design for their contribution to this project for the City of Mandurah. Lastly we would like to thank GP Down South, particularly Eleanor Britton and Amanda Poller for entrusting us with this project and for being such a pleasure to deal with.

The Peel Youth Medical Services Health Hub is a 2,503m2 state of the art facility providing support for young people dealing with mental health issues. Read more here.

Alita Constructions win MBAWA Award for Best Office Building

Left to right: Steve Montgomery, Bernard van Ryssen, Emily Swarts, Matt Kleyn, Mark Bruning, Rita Kleyn, Alastair Kleyn, Ian French, Eleanor Britton (Client), Maurice Bruning, Ed Bruning and John Swarts.

Alastair Kleyn Director of Alita Constructions and Wife Rita, holding the Best Office Building Award from the MBAWA
Alastair Kleyn, Director of Alita Constructions, and Wife, Rita Kleyn

Bernard van Ryssen and Wife
Bernard van Ryssen and Wife

Ed Bruning and Wife
Ed Bruning and Wife

The Alita Team and Partners at the Master Builders Association awards night
The Alita Team and Partners at the Master Builders Association Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards night

Ian French with the Award
Ian French

Emily Swarts and Partner
Emily Swarts and Partner

Mark Bruning and Wife
Mark Bruning and Wife

Matt Kleyn and partner
Matt Kleyn and partner

Steve Montgomery and Partner
Steve Montgomery and Partner

Alastair Kleyn Director of Alita Constructions

Alastair’s grandparents from both his father and mother’s side came from Holland in the 1950s and both grandparents settled in Armadale. Mr Kleyn worked in the brickworks and Mr Bruning was the Pastor for the local Armadale Free Reformed Church. Alastairs mother Hilde Bruning and father Arthur Kleyn met in 1972 and married in 1974. Arthur and Hilde had eight children; all born in the Armadale Hospital. Alastair was the second eldest child. Ali (Alastair) has very good memories of his upbringing in a house of eight children. It wasn’t uncommon to have twenty people around the dinner table when friends came around. There was always a lot of joy and laughter.
Ali’s Dad, Arthur Kleyn has been an active member of the local community, being a Councillor from 1991 to 1999 for the City of Armadale and a local builder for most of his working life.

Ali has lived in the Armadale area all his life, attending the Kelmscott John Calvin Primary school and then the Armadale John Calvin Christian college. Ali now resides in Champion Lakes with his wife and five children.

After leaving school in year 10, Ali started his apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, whilst studying for his Diploma of Builders Registration at night school. Undertaking his study in the evening allowed him to work on perfecting his trade during the day in the building of residential houses and commercial buildings. Upon completing his apprenticeship, Ali worked as a tradesman, continuing to gain experience in many aspects of building.
Soon after, with a team of 6-10, Ali began trading as Ali’s Concrete Contractors and mainly focussed on commercial tilt panel buildings.
In 2004, Ali’s Concrete Contractors was incorporated into Alita Constructions, managing commercial projects from start to finish.

Ali and Wife, Rita at Alita Constructions Grand Opening in 2015
(Ali and Wife, Rita with City of Armadale Mayor; Henry Zelones at the Alita Constructions Grand Opening in 2015)

Ali has always had a passion for helping others. In 2015, Ali and Tim Devos started Pindari Mens Restoration House. Pindari Mens Restoration House is a not-for-profit Australian Charity that is committed to transforming men in need, into confident, self-sufficient leaders and members of their family and society.
Read more about Pindari here

Tim and Ali at Pindari Mens Restoration House
(Tim and Ali at Pindari Mens Restoration House)

Ali, his wife Rita and 5 children are christians and worship at the Free Reformed Church of Southern River. Working with the young adults and being in different leadership roles, Ali believes that you can not separate your Christian beliefs from how you live your life and how you do your work. For this reason, Ali is very strong on the culture of Alita Constructions and how it aligns with Ali’s Christian beliefs and foundations.


Armadale Senior High School – 2019 Careers Expo

Last week Alastair Kleyn, the Director of Alita constructions, with Sarah Dutschke, the HR Manager, attended the Armadale Senior High School 2019 Careers Expo to showcase the different career opportunities within the Construction Industry.

Throughout the evening, between 6 pm and 8 pm, students and their parents attended the expo talking to various businesses about the opportunities available to them. With over 40 businesses partaking in the expo, it was great to see so many youth getting out and about with their parents to discuss and research different career opportunities for their future.

The free Alita Constructions hats were a big hit on the night – over 60 hats were given out to students,  as well as packages containing information about Alita Constructions, building projects completed within the City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and an outline of each occupation within Alita Constructions, including daily tasks and position requirements.

Ali and Sarah spoke to a lot of students about the different positions available in the construction industry. An interesting observation during the night from both Ali and Sarah was that a lot of females either walked directly passed the Alita stall or just briefly looked at our display. Upon making conversation with these females, they quickly learnt that a lot of females see no future for themselves in the construction sector. There is a perception among the females that the construction industry is just for men, and that it is all about being a tradie. Trades are a  big part of the construction industry and females can most certainly do any trade they like, but there are various other positions in a Construction company, that require both females and males. A lot of the young females had no idea these positions existed and when these positions were explained to them there seemed to be a lot of interest.

Some examples we have in the Alita Constructions office we have people employed for are;

  • Office Administrator
  • Finance Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Building Consultant
  • Client Liaison Officer
  • Estimator
  • Contract Administrators
  • Project Managers
  • OSH Officer
  • Warehouse Coordinator
  • Construction Manager
  • And of course the Director.

Ali and Sarah really enjoyed the evening and strongly encourage other business owners to partake in future events like these. It provides a great opportunity to encourage, share and educate the young people about the trade/profession you are passionate about, especially because these young adults are the future of our local businesses.

Thank you to Rebecca Ford and all those involved from Armadale Senior High School for bringing together a great event like this and involving the Armadale community.

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