Paynter Dixon were commissioned to construct cyclone shelters in Bowen and Proserpine. The shelters were built to withstand winds of 300km/h, windborne debris and storm surge experienced in category five cyclones. The shelters are to be used as multi-purpose sports and event facilities for local communities as well as providing emergency protection in the event of a cyclone. Each shelter incorporates all the necessary emergency communications and services including a generator, emergency batteries, storage rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, toilets, showers and water tanks. The facilities also incorporate special provisions for ventilation, lighting, disability access and safe movement. Paynter Dixon’s aim throughout the construction process was to provide as many benefits to the local region as possible, stimulating the local construction industry by employing local subcontractors and suppliers. Each shelter supported approximately 40 local jobs. Paynter Dixon’s project team worked cooperatively and collaboratively with client representatives to fast track the delivery of these projects. For example, at Proserpine the building subgrade was unsuitable for the original foundation design. Paynter Dixon’s team worked with client representatives in the redesign of the building pad and the use of alternative materials / products to increase the longevity of the building and provide a cost effective solution for construction of the project.