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Palmview Schools

#Project No: 7086

BE Collective were pleased to work with James Cubitt Architects (JCA) on the Palmview Schools project. The DoE commission was for the development of three new schools on a greenfield site. We delivered a coordinated multi-discipline service offering including Structural, Civil, Hydraulic (including Wet Fire), and Section J Energy Efficiency.

Our team was involved from the master planning phase, through concept, schematic, and detailed design for the new State school, Special School and State Secondary School (with a combined functional space of 18,000m2).

The scale and complexity of the project, combined with its proximity to protected wetlands proved to make the time-sensitive project a challenge. We worked closely with the Client, JCA, Cadence and  Place Design Group’s Landscape team, to ensure an optimal result. A concerted multi-discipline approach facilitated a smooth delivery & a project we’re proud of.

Stone & Wood Brewery, Bridge Street

Project No: 7089

We were excited to be called in to provide structural remediation and strengthening advice on a heritage building on Bridge street – destined to become the new Stone & Wood Brewery!

Stone & Wood’s latest brewery is just around the corner from our Brisbane Head Office, and it’s in a beautiful building, once the home of Trails Ice.

We provided structural strengthening design & site supervision for both the suspended ground floor slab and for the boundary brick wall mullion framing and bracing. Our structural design had to accommodate over 11 tonnes of specialised brewing equipment at capacity (that’s a lot of beer).  At the time of our initial inspection, the suspended ground floor slab had well exceeded its design life. We used semi-permanent structural steel bracing to ensure the aged suspended slab was up to its new task. We also coordinated Core holes and Ground Penetrating Radar scan of the lower ground slab, and framework for an annual post-construction phase inspection regime.

BEC was further engaged to provide Hydraulic, Wet-Fire and Civil investigation for the site including the entire storm-water/rainwater system, water reticulation, and trade-waste. We established that the existing clay sewer dated to 1910, was under-sized for commercial use, & also partially blocked. Similarly, the water supply was under-sized for wet-fire requirements. New water & sewer connections were designed and documentation in our capacity as endorsed QUU consultants.

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.

Stannard Street Townhouses

Project No: 6633

The Stannard St project consisted of 18 townhouses built on a single suspended ‘floor’ over a floodplain. The suspended ground floor extends over most of the lot, forming a new ‘ground level’ upon which the townhouses are built.  A previous structural engineer had provided a design that was shown to be inadequate for the required loads, particularly in the driveway crossover which was only designed to carry light vehicles and would not allow commercial vehicles such as removalist trucks access.

A couple of the townhouses had been partly constructed, these had since showed water damage, and our investigation found that fire rating walls had been installed incorrectly. 

BE Collective was able to comprehensively identify these issues, and respond with cost and quality conscious solutions across the board, also managing to improve the constructability and estimated lifespan of the project.

Consequently BE Collective were commissioned to provide design and documentation services for the proposed changes and revisions.

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Mornington Shire Council Seniors Units

Project No: 6832

We were engaged by Mornington Shire Council to provide Design Management & full Multi-discipline engineering design (Structural, Civil, Plumbing & Drainage, Electrical, and Energy Efficiency Assessment) for five new town house residences – located on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria! The Seniors Units project aims to ensure that community members can stay with family and community while maintaining access to care.

Throughout the project, we worked closely with Cairns-based Architects People Orientated Designs (POD), who specialize in indigenous communities and remote projects. Together, we ensured the units met standards for Design & Construction for remote housing, and for social housing dwellings. The project was delivered with great success and we look forward to working with POD, and with Mornington SC in the future.