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Griffith St Traffic Engineering

Griffith Street 200Project No. 6529

A new infill subdivision necessitated RPEQ design and documentation for alterations to existing traffic calming measures within the road reserve.

BE Collective was commissioned to provide civil consulting services and compliance checks including  a written report on alterations to the traffic calming measures to allow for a crossover to the proposed subdivided lot.   (more…)

Villa Maria Centre

chc_hero_residence_images_0_0_villamariaipswichProject No. 6510

The Villa Maria Centre in Ipswich is a three-storey aged care facility dedicated to the care of older women. The original structure is over 150 years old and houses 40 residents, each in separate rooms over its 500m2 floor area. The building was originally constructed as a luxury residence in the 1860’s and now features a small chapel, a library, and landscaped garden areas.

BE Collective was commissioned to ensure fire compliance, reviewing the quality and capacity of the site’s fire plan and provisions, including hydrants, fire compartments and pipes.

With reference to pressure and flow tests, and the fire compartmentalisation plan, three new external attack hydrants and a fire booster were required and larger pipes installed to facilitate adequate flow.

The fire service achieved QFES endorsement, and BE Collective has continued to provide QUU Endorsed Consultant services for the construction. (more…)

St Eugene’s College

20150804_121422Project No. 6320

The New Grade-7 building is the fifth building we have designed at St Eugene’s.

In order to accommodate the transition of the Grade-7 curriculum from primary to high school, St Eugene College commissioned BE Collective to provide structural services for a new building. The two-storey reinforced concrete building includes a steel roof, a small amphitheater and some attractive, raked, off-form columns.

The primary challenge was the design of a suspended ground-floor slab (to allow flood waters to flow beneath) supported on a deep-level foundations nested between a complex web of in-ground – including fire water, communications, electrics, storm water and sewer.

After some adjustments, the project was completed near the start of 2016 – in time for the school year. (more…)

Bamboo Structures

10010655_10153489485302328_4951293638511015058_o (1)Project No. 6482

Design students from the Queensland University of Technology were recently given the opportunity to work with Sydney based grass-roots design collaborative Cave Urban on the design and build of some unique bamboo art forms for the 2015 Brisbane Festival.

BE Collective has undertaken structural design and certification for a multitude of artistic and sculptural installations including:

– The Hybrid by Cezary Stulgis,

Digital Origami by the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA),

Everyone, Every Day at the Vivid Festival by Kuuki,

Circle Garden Shelter Installation by Sou Fujimoto Architects, and,

– Emergency shelter installations by Donovan Hill and Conrad Gargett architects

The bamboo structures called “Gardens Install” and “Sunder the Sun” were exhibited at the 2014 and 2015 Brisbane Festivals.

The Brisbane Festival exhibition aims to explore and improve the use of locally sourced bamboo as a fully renewable and extremely reusable construction material. The resulting works have been featured at the Woodford Folk Festival as well as installed and displayed around the QUT campus and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

BE Collective is proud to have contributed to such an interesting and educational initiative, especially one with a focus on environmental sustainability. (more…)