On Thursday 13 September, Schiavello Construction offices nationwide took part in R U OK? Day. Our aim was to not only bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention, but also to check in with our friends, colleagues, and clients to see how they’re doing.

We don’t believe in shying away from mental health issues. Throughout each of our offices in NSW, SA, QLD, and our head office in VIC, we encouraged all our staff to ask each other “are you ok?”

In the week leading up to R U OK? Day, we prompted the conversation by putting up posters encouraging everyone to stay connected, hosting a BBQ for our clients and contractors in SA, included the topic in our toolbox talks, and empowered everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them.

Conversations need to happen everyday; “so don’t be afraid to ask –all you need to do is listen, understand, and show that you’re there to support. Sometimes a conversation can help clear the mind and give another person some perspective,” says Christopher Schiavello, Director and State Manager Schiavello Construction NSW.

Schiavello’s Indigenous Participation Plan is taking shape in South Australia with the employment of Rob Rankine. Rob joined our SA construction team as Site Compliance Officer late last year. 

Facilitating Rob’s career development

Rob initially started as a contracted site labourer where he displayed unmistakable potential. Under the leadership of SA State Director, Luke Steele, Rob was offered further training and education in safety and compliance to progress towards a position within Schiavello.

“We’re always on the lookout for talented people to join our business. Rob’s attitude showed clear potential – we just provided the opportunity,” says Luke.


Schiavello offices nationwide showed off their prettiest pink outfits in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation 

Between 18-24th of June, our staff across Australia showed their support for the National Breast Cancer Foundation by wearing pink around the office.  

The pink wasn’t contained to shirts and ties though. Our offsite staff turned heads across construction sites as they traded their orange hi-vis safety gear for pink vests and hard hats. 


Last week, from 14–16 June, Schiavello took part in DENFAIR. This year we held two stands, one exhibiting the Gallery Chair, and the other, the Agile Table and Toku collection.

Just released, the Gallery Chair is designed by Chris Connell. It was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and features vibrant colours and geometric angles inspired by the Leonard French stained glass ceiling in the gallery’s Great Hall.

The Agile Table is another new product, released this year. This dynamic product, designed in collaboration with Amanda Stanaway and Schiavello’s People and Culture Principal Keti Malkoski, re-defines the ways people interact and activate workspaces. Also displayed was Gavin Harris’ Toku collection, Chris Connell’s Rib High Stools, and Kase storage, designed by New Zealander Sam Haughton.

Sarah Zerella, Schiavello’s consultant – people and culture consulting, represented us on-stage at the ‘Responsibility: Designing and Communicating Ethically’ panel discussion, in which she discussed what guides our moral compass when working in the design community.

In addition, Schiavello was proud to support Front / Centre – DENFAIR’s competition to find Australia’s best and most innovative young designers. See the list of the deserving winners here.

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Schiavello is very proud to announce Alan Al-Refaei’s promotion to Director of our NSW business.

Having started as a Cadet over 10 years ago, Alan’s long-term commitment and dedication to his clients has seen him develop into the role of Construction Director. His journey is a true testament to Schiavello’s commitment to providing opportunities for our people.

Alan’s promotion further strengthens our position within the New South Wales market, with now being able to provide our clients with greater executive level coverage on all projects.

This week with Diana Parisi (Schiavello Group QSE Manager), and the corporate QSE team Lauren Moore (QSE Specialist), Sarah Watt (Contracts/Compliance Manager) and Michelle Rouse (Admin Support) welcomed our state QSE Coordinators Kellie Hall (WA), Ashima Jamal (NSW), Casey Watts (QLD) and Natalie Mitchell (SA) to Melbourne for a 2 day QSE conference. “A team approach to strategic planning, risk mitigation and continual improvement – such an incredibly value adding 2 days for all participants”– Diana Parisi

Schiavello’s SA construction team recently held a project commencement and collaboration workshop for the Ashford Hospital redevelopment. The project will see upgrades to the existing hospital building and the new construction of a Day Procedure Unit (DPU).

The workshop was an opportunity for our client (ACHA) and project consultants (RPS, Wiltshire Swain, RLB, Lucid Engineering and WGA) to share their vision and knowledge amongst the wider project team and sub-contractors.

Schiavello would like to thank all 60 attendees, including the client, consultant team, trade contractors, and our delivery staff for what was a well-received night.

Last month Director and State Manager of Schiavello Construction NSW, Christopher Schiavello raised a total of $55,067 for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

We talked with Christopher about why he decided to dye his long locks blonde for a week and then shave his trademark man bun.

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Schiavello is thrilled to be the delivery partner for iconic fitness and lifestyle brand ‘Barry’s Bootcamp’ as they launch down under.

A regular fitness playground for the likes of David Beckham and Kim K, Barry’s will feature contemporary design, luxe facilities, its infamous red room, and a fuel bar serving bespoke shakes and smoothies.

Our ab-tastic construction team look forward to delivering Australia’s first premium fitness offering.

Barry’s Bootcamp has 42 locations worldwide in 18 cities including Los Angeles, New York, London, Milan, Dubai and Toronto, with 65,000 members globally.


Schiavello is proud to partner with RPS, ACHA, Wiltshire Swain, RLB, Lucid Engineering and WGA in the transformation of Adelaide’s Ashford Hospital.

The largest private hospital in Adelaide, and as part of the Adelaide Community Healthcare Alliance (ACHA), Ashford Hospital has been providing private healthcare services to the community for over 65 years.

This redevelopment will see upgrades to the existing hospital building and the new construction of a Day Procedure Unit (DPU).