<news>

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.

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…)

Dewar Terrace, Corinda

Project No: 7030

The Dewar Terrace project was a residential alteration and additions job in Corinda. We worked alongside Architect Tomas O’Malley providing structural design and documentation. Our scope included preliminary site inspection, design of the foundation/ground slab, a new rear deck and kitchen frame, and rear roof structure & headers design. The design included foundational piers to support a future swimming pool, and a framed box gutter to facilitate the crossed awning roof.  The bracing design was unusual as traditional timber bracing was ruled out due to the number and width of operable doors between the extension and existing structure, so our structural design utilized a steel frame.  

Cannon Hill Residence

Project No: 6924

The BEC Team worked alongside Owen Architecture on the design and development approval of a new two storey house and associated external works constructed in Cannon Hill, on Dorothea St.

We provided detailed structural design and documentation, and detailed Hydraulic design and documentation including water reticulation, sanitary drainage and site drainage.  We also provided extensive Energy Efficiency design and assessment elements for the Class 1 dwelling, including software modelling and simulation; iterative model glazing and insulation improvements in consultation with client; and preparation of energy efficiency report to meet Queensland Development Code.

Boree St, Burpengary

Project No. 6808

BEC’s Boree St project scope included Structural, Civil, Hydraulic and ESD engineering services as well as ESD modelling, compliance and recommendations on a new 3 storey residence in Burpengary.

Primarily a blockwork/concrete project, the design includes a lap pool wrapping around the north and west walls and originally incorporated a steel frame structure proposed to support north and south facing green roofs. As the project progressed, BEC was also asked to provide an erosion and sediment control plan. Our scope included structural design for the entire building, inclusive of coordination between dwelling and pool such that the dwelling/pool interface includes an underwater basement pool window.

Our ESD contribution covered NatHERS modelling for compliance, solar PV system consultancy, and electricity usage analysis among other recommendations.  The Solar PV system feeds into multiple Tesla Powerwall II systems to ensure the battery power storage is sufficient to continue to power the entire house during heavy storm conditions with no grid power.  (more…)