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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.

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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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.

Carrathool Pedestrian Bridge

Project No. 7264

Carrathool Shire Council appointed Built Environment Collective to provide concept design & engineers’ reporting suitable for funding submission for a new pedestrian bridge.

The proposed bridge will span 42m across the Lachlan River, and is intended to facilitate public access between Hillston Memorial Park and Desatholon Park, in Hillston NSW.

BEC conducted feasibility studies for 3 different design options, including a steel truss, cable stayed & timber deck, and cable stayed with CFT (Composite Fibre Technology) deck option.  Our reporting included comparative analysis on each options’ structural system, construction materials, & associated construction cost. An engineers’ recommendation rounded out our report, leaving Council informed & well positioned to source & secure funding. (more…)