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Department of Housing and Homelessness Precinct

Project no: 7194

We are proud to have worked with Cairns-based architects, People Oriented Design (POD), on the Department of Housing and Homelessness’ Precinct Revitalisation Program. The project encompassed sites spread across QLD (including Hervey Bay, Bundaberg & Rockhampton) – with the overall goal of improving the livability, security, sustainability, and durability of public housing buildings.

BE Collective’s multi-disciplined commission included Structural, Civil, and Building Services engineering in support of upgrades & refurbishments to the existing façade, landscape, and structures. Façade treatments were implemented in support of enhanced privacy and amenity was improved via landscape solutions. Roofs were also upgraded across the sites.

We are happy to play a part in improving the quality of life for tenants by providing innovative solutions to contemporary public housing needs.

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Hiron Street, St Lucia

Job No: 6923

BE Collective supported the circa $2mill alterations & additions to this architectural river-front home at St Lucia in Brisbane. The original home was designed by BVN, and detailed to the exacting standards of then Director Shane Thompson. The integration of services and finishes of the original build have facilitated an effortlessly pleasurable living experience. The current owners have invited Shane back (now as Shane Thompson Architects) to reconfigure and extend the home to facilitate expanded entertainment & guest suites.

Our multi-discipline commission included Structural, Civil, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy Efficiency & ESD.

The energy demands of the property are substantial. Our brief included maximising alternative energy generation, which in this instance necessitated covering all available roof space with high-efficiency micro-inverter photovoltaics and the installation of a large battery array. In this instance 2 x Tesla Powerwall battery-units were adopted.

The structural aspects of the project included extension of the existing basement to side boundaries, and facilitating extension of the multi-storey reinforced concrete structure with portal-framing employed to facilitate full-width stacker doors.

All disciplines were documented & coordinated in Revit, including the plumbing & drainage and gas as required for multiple kitchens and basement fixtures. Civil earthworks were modeled in Civil3D. The existing stormwater system was modified to facilitate pumping of flood waters for those times where Council modeled 1% AEP levels are exceed in the future.

Esplanade Jewel, Bargara

Project No. 7107

BEC was recently commissioned to provide urgent assistance on a new mixed-use development proposed for beautiful Bargara. We worked in collaboration with Architect Tomas O’Malley and provided energy efficiency and specialist lighting engineering for the development, which consists of two residential towers and two townhouse blocks.

We provided energy efficiency NatHERs modelling and reporting specific to the unique townhouse types and top-floor unit types. The energy efficiency modelling was fairly straightforward, but the project’s specialist lighting requirements were particularly interesting.

The Jewel project is in the vicinity of Mon Repos, which is the largest rookery for loggerhead turtles on the east coast of Australia. The significance of this, and the need to protect the marine turtle nesting grounds called for special care to be taken in the development planning. The potential impact of the development lay in its lighting; so we worked closely with turtle lighting expert, Dr. Kellie Pendoley Principal scientist and Director of Pendoley Environmental and Carl Gray, of Graylight to develop light spill management and mitigation strategies. Together, we produced a specialist lighting design which ensured that the local turtle population remained unaffected by the development, and that was hailed by Kellie Pendoley (who is also Australasian Region Vice Co-Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group) as “setting a new benchmark for turtle aware lighting strategies”. 

Our combined efforts were critical in the development achieving Ministerial Approval from the Honourable Cameron Dick MP – Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning – the first in the region to successfully do so. 

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Banksia Beach Forensic Investigation

Project No: 6984

The BEC team were asked to provide an urgent forensic investigation into a concrete slab in Banksia Beach which was exhibiting slab edge dampness. Upon noticing the issue, the builders contacted the concrete supplier giving them five days to respond identifying the cause of the concrete issue, rectification plans for the issue at hand, and prevention measures for future sites.  At this point BE Collective was engaged to provide a third-party expert assessment and forensic investigation.

Our team undertook a site inspection, reviewed existing design elements and site conditions. Our report found that a contributing cause of the slab edge dampness was ‘salt attack’ due to the proximity to a large body of salt water. Other contributing factors included environmental and construction issues. Our report also covered suggested remediation action for this specific case, and preventative measures for the builders to take to ensure it doesn’t happen again. (more…)

East St, Toowoomba

Project No: 6880

BEC was commissioned to provide multi-discipline engineering consultancy services in support of renovations and an extension to a gorgeous 3-storey pre-war heritage listed dwelling in Toowoomba. The works included internal alterations, addition of Northern and southern veranda roof, reoccupation of veranda as bathrooms, and further external works.

We provided a dilapidation audit of the existing structure and prepared a structural condition report outlining key recommendations with respect to H&S and budget allowances. We prepared structural design of new works including footings, floor, wall and roof framing, bracing, tiedown and retaining walls. The BEC team also handled inspections and documentation for design and construction, coordination of energy efficiency report, and a soil testing report.

We provided extensive ESD services for the project too, which covered model creation and initial simulation; consultation with client, model glazing and insulation improvements, energy efficiency reporting, and glazing and insulation specifications. (more…)