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The Office Dog is Gaining Momentum

It has long been said that dogs are a man’s best friend, and we’ve gone so far as to accept them into our office!
This decision felt justified after we discovered an article evidencing how the presence of dogs in a workplace can increase staff happiness and provide stress relief during busy times.

In fact, a Japanese study found that oxytocin is released just by sharing eye contact with a dog.

We may be slightly bias (see Molly and Milly on the left), but with science now on our side we think you’d be barking mad to even paws and  consider life without an office hound.

University of East London

BE Collective director John Tuxworth lead the structural design team for four new teaching and residential buildings as well as a bridge. Situated in a stunning waterfront location the Dockland campus was opened in 2000.

Designed by Foster + Partners for UEL’s Dockland campus, the steel framed educational structures support precast hollowcore floors and roof, which also incorporates building services.  

The characteristic brightly coloured circular residences provide accommodation for over 1200 students. (more…)

Griffith University Library

Project no. 6172

Griffith University’s new learning commons is designed to create a range of internal and external learning environments which promote student and staff interactions. The existing building is triangulated and transformed with a ‘permeable’ 160m long extension that creates a strong identity and hub presence within the heart of the campus, promoting a sense of ‘arrival’. The building form and simple yet striking facade is to encourage connectivity with University Drive.

The BE Collective team provided conceptual design services including structural advice and 3D Modelling. A key complexity of the design was the interaction between the new structure and the existing buildings that surround it. As opposed to demolition, where possible BE Collective    nominated structural solutions that incorporated existing elements into a new structural scheme. (more…)

Brisbane Boys College – College Hall

BE Collective staff provided Project Management and Contract Administration services for the construction of the new Brisbane Boys College hall.

The structure is a unique, high-quality performing arts and learning complex designed specifically to enhance the school’s reputation as a leader in music and arts education. The new hall features a two-storey, 700-seat multi-purpose performance and speech hall on the upper levels, and a two-storey music department on the mid-levels. Also included is an art gallery, servery, performers’ dressing rooms, and a high-end boardroom.

The site was significantly constrained both in space and access.  The Hall is located on the only road into the school and adjacent to the main entry and administration centre, necessitating careful traffic management, delivery materials storage and management of tower crane time.  Site noise, dust and sediment control were also carefully managed due to the proximity of classrooms and swimming pool.

Trade Training Centre, Boonah State High School

Project No. 6552

BE Collective staff provided both Structural Design and Project Management services for the Construction phase of the Boonah State High School Trade Training Centre project (TTC).  The TTC is a mixed use teaching, workshop, administration and storage space of approximately 600m2 overall.  The design incorporates a traditional steel portal structure with innovative pier and slab design. The structure is clad with multiple finishes and connects with existing adjacent school buildings.

Critical to the project was a short 12-week program, compromised by the proximity of construction to other buildings and curious students within the operating school campus. Despite significant program slip due to issues with Plumbing & Drainage approval issues and wet weather delays, the project was delivered on time, on budget and highly commended by an exceptionally pleased client.