Substation 33

Project no. 6838

Substation 33 (SS33) is an incredibly exciting electronic waste recycling business that the BEC team are very proud to be assisting, on a probono basis.  The SS33 building, located in Kingston, is a concrete blockwork, steel portal framed, industrial building. It has a mezzanine loft which the SS33 guys had plans for – which is where we came in.

The loft had previously been used for general storage and was a bit of a mystery – no one knew what it had been designed for and what kind of loads it could take.  The BEC team donated their time and resources to provide structural inspections and design which will allow the space to be used as a ‘collaborative innovation incubator’, a training centre and a couple of therapy/counselling rooms.

For more info on Substation 33’s amazing work, check out our news article on their impressive initiative and results.

You Can Design Australia

corp1‘You Can Design Australia’ is a community project focused on a day long design ‘charrette’ (an intense design process), to create construction scheme designs to key issues facing Australia by combining inexperienced architect / engineering undergraduates with unemployed design professionals. Viable design solutions resulting from the end of the process will be presented online in the public domain for the wider community to use.

The Construction / Building / Mining economy of Australia is undergoing a very challenging period with many construction / architectural / engineering professionals out of work for extended periods and the majority of undergraduates unable to secure work experience. The last time this happened, it created a generation skills gap; few new people came into the industry and many experienced people permanently left. Bringing these groups together in an exciting format to create solutions to a common goal and learn from others’ experience will enable connections, new ideas and hopefully new work.

BE Collective is proud to be formally supporting this event. Check out the ‘You Can Design Australia’ website for further info…


Emergency Shelter Exhibition Brisbane

emerg8BE Collective was an organiser, supporter, engineering consultant (and exhibitor) for ESE Brisbane – 17-20 July 2012

The Emergency Shelter Exhibition (ESE) Brisbane formed part of a national series, and was a collaborative endeavour of Queensland design firms to create life-size emergency shelter prototypes which was displayed in Brisbane’s King George Square from the 17th to the 20th of July.

Exhibition Curator, Jun Sakaguchi (Architect), explained; “This exhibition is to propose shelters that could not only protect people from rain and other elements in emergency situations, but also provide a space to feel secure and comfortable in a disastrous environment. This is a fundamental component of the recovery process.” Jun also wanted the shelter concepts to utilise construction materials readily available after a disaster. Designers have thus drawn from the concept of creating comfort out of chaos.

Through this charitable event ESE Brisbane aimed to raise funds from the public as well as construction industry sponsors in order to donate to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal, supporting communities affected by natural disasters around the world.

Exhibition Objectives were:

  • Fundraising for natural disaster recovery needs
  • Exhibit interactive installations (shelters 5-10 m2) with reference to emergency response in disaster scenarios
  • Foster awareness of the physical & psychological recovery needs of displaced peoples following natural disasters
  • Strengthen the connection between architects and the public.

Exhibiting Firms:
Architectus; Arkhefield; Built Environment Collective; Conrad Gargett; Donovan Hill; Jackson Teece; Neylan Architecture; PDT Architects; Riddel Architecture; Tonic; TVS Architects; Woods Bagot

Press Release: Download file

Industry Launch Invite: Download file

More information about the exhibition can be found at http://www.emergencyshelteraustralia.com/

Link to TEDx Pressentation by John Tuxworth 2011: https://bec.studio/tabid/481/pid/6/title/tedxbrisbane-2011-john-tuxworth-shelter/default.aspx

Link to Bouncing Back Documentary by QUT: https://bec.studio/tabid/481/pid/11/title/bouncing-back-%e2%80%93-documentary/default.aspx

Link to Weekend Edition article: http://theweekendedition.com.au/the-interview/john-tuxworth/

Link to ABC Radio Interview:


Bicentennial National Trail Campsite, Murphy’s Creek

mur5Real Studio QUT: Murphy’s Creek BNT won 2012 Queensland Architecture Awards Small Project Architecture State Award.

Value: Most Materials Donated.   

The BE Collective team provided probono structural services for this new facility located at Murphy’s Creek along the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT), west of Brisbane. The Bicentennial National Trail is the longest marked, non-motorised, self-reliant multi-use trekking route in the world, stretching an extraordinary 5,330 kilometres from Cooktown in tropical North Queensland, to Healesville in Victoria.

The structure consists of a bedroom, bathroom and two storage rooms plus a separate shed. The design and construction of the project was part of Queensland University of Technology’s Architecture degree. The 3rd year design studio subject follows Auburn’s Rural Studio model.

Renamed Real Studio, the QUT students were tasked to design a campsite studio situated along the BNT for travelers to use for overnight accommodation to rest and recoup. The students not only designed but helped build the studio under the supervision of a registered builder.
Most materials and professional input for the project were donated, including BEC’s time to design and document the required structure. Some unusual design methods and materials substitution gives the studio quite a unique feel.

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