MARKING two years of work, Chuave’s Yauwe Moses secondary school (YMSS) expansion was completed in April by Hyper Construction, a subsidiary of the Papindo Group of Companies.

Completed at a total project cost of K5.8 million, the expansion included the construction of 11 buildings and school facilities at YMSS, located in the Simbu province.

Hyper said the total cost included variations for upgrade of septic tank, stone pit construction, and school furniture and fittings.

The buildings consist of six dormitories, four teachers’ houses, and a 990 square metre main school building.

The central school complex consists of four standard size classrooms, 1 large lecture room, computer lab, communal teacher’s office, chemistry lab, biology lab and a physics lab.

All classrooms were furnished by Hyper with imported, state-of-the art individual student work desks and chairs, lab-specific science tables with chemical-resistant countertop surfaces, two person physics and biology tables, four person professional computer desks, dual-function white- and black-boards, storage filing cabinets and office desks for teacher usage in each room.

The dormitories feature bunk beds supplied with foam mattresses, produced by Niugini Foam, another subsidiary of the Papindo Group.

Previously, Lae-based Hyper had mainly involved itself with smaller-scale construction projects, such as six to eight unit residential rental properties, commercial shops and warehouses, and only gradually scaling upwards to include two three-storey, 35 room hotels.

Considering the distance from Hyper’s Lae base and YMSS, there were numerous operational challenges with unforeseen complications involving mobilization, material supply, and project management, the company said.

In April YMSS’s facilities were opened to the community by the prime minister Peter O’Neill and member for Chuave and vice minister for mining, Wera Mori.

Hyper said it was a pleasure working with about 100 Chuave locals, directly and indirectly employed in the project, YMSS school officials, the provincial administrator Marakus Warip, and with the project consultant Joe Brawa.

The minister was often on hand facilitating our progress, and handling worker-related issues as they came up, Hyper said.

Hyper’s directors Soekandar Tjandra and Susan Tjandra are confident that future projects will include more school constructions and upgrades of a similar nature.