Project value: $1.49 million
Completed: February 2014
Project Duration: 24 weeks.
Architect: Sims White & Greg Kratzmann Architects
Client: Roman Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba
Awards: 2015 Regional Project of the Year
The St Joseph’s College new Junior Science Block was won from a select tender for Lump Sum Construct Only delivery.
This new 2 storey Class 9B (780m2) building contains two science laboratories and Prep Room on the upper floor and three GLA classrooms downstairs. Two wide concrete staircases provide access to upstairs from the lower area and the building is also serviced by a Lift. There are Male & Female toilets and a PWD toilet plus Comms Room & Gas Storage enclosure.
The building is surrounded by new landscaping with three new mature trees a feature within circular brick planters and both grey & coloured concrete paving, exposed aggregate paving and Brick paving. A new PWD ramp and stairs lead down from the Library building and the area has a combination of hardwood timber seating on the planter walls and freestanding.
The building was completed on time despite a few architectural changes along the way and Northbuild worked closely with the client and architect assisting with matters of design and buildability. Northbuild and the project team were flexible and accommodating to ensure a smooth delivery despite the discovery of a deep existing concrete rat wall around the site perimeter during demolition of the old tennis court and the day to day issues relating to construction within a school precinct such as access, noise and maintaining site security.
This building has recently won the 2015 Regional Project of the Year in the Darling Downs/West Moreton Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects Awards and will now progress to the State Awards in June.