Architecture & Design Magazine

January 13, 2011 | | Media

A Brisbane inner-city uni campus fitout challenge

10 July 2011

Designer and builder successfully joined forces to overcome the challenges of constrained budget and timeline to complete the interior reconstruction of the Central Queensland University’s (CQU) Brisbane campus……

The fit-out of the 8-storey building at 160 Ann Street, Brisbane, cost $6.5million and was completed in February 2011.

Typical educational elements define the building, including lecture theatres, classrooms, computer labs and library.

Brisbane-based building company Quadric and architects Figure & Ground collaborated and adopted an accommodation model that enhanced the floor plan layout in a vertical sense, rather than the traditional, horizontal adjacency of most educational facilities.

Quadric Executive Director Ben Scott praised the design theory.

“Quadric then used innovative joinery solutions, combining natural light, bold colours, and custom-designed furniture, to basically stack spaces on top of each other, to create a layout that maximised the time student and staff would intermingle.

“The result is a very modern, very functional facility that meets the design brief.”

Scott said this collaborative approach between the clients, designer and builder was essential for completing the project.

“Having a cohesive project team is the single most important factor in ensuring a project’s success and CQU’s Brisbane campus is evidence of this effect,” he said.

“This project tested all our expertise, and above all demonstrates the art and value of teamwork.

“We celebrate together with CQU, the transformation of an idea into a built reality.”

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