Broad commenced the development of Brisbane State High School’s (BSHS) new multi-level building project in June 2014.
Built on a footprint of approximately 3000sqm and covering six levels (two basement, and four above ground), the new facility provides approximately 18,000sqm of additional space for general learning areas, staff parking, and retail/commercial tenancies.
Our overall tender strategy focused on bringing in the expertise of the project team that ultimately delivered the project, ensuring seamless handover and understanding of the project, and the client’s requirements and expectations.
During the tender stage for the role of design and construction contractor, our pre-contracts team identified a number of innovations, including:
One of a number of innovations developed and explored for the tender was the feasibility of incorporating a number of precast concrete elements as an alternative structural proposal for the project.
After a thorough assessment, an innovative solution was committed to that incorporated precast panels in the core; a number of external walls; and a suspended slab design - consisting of precast shell beams supporting hollow-core planks.
Engaging early in the tender process with the precast supplier enabled us to work closely with them to develop a detailed design and, if successful in contract award, oversee the manufacture of the precast units.
Working closely with the supplier enabled us to develop a thorough understanding of the units including sound technical guidance to successfully integrate the installation of the precast units into the construction program.
Works on the BSHS project commenced in June 2014 and the team was quick to adapt the alternative flooring system. They maintained a proactive approach to managing quality throughout this period of adaptation and successfully completed the structure ahead of program.
The first 12 classrooms in ‘Block I’ were handed over early in July 2015, and a series of minor staged works followed through to a final handover in November 2015, ready for the start of the 2016 school year.
Education Queensland was excited by the innovative design and construction methodology presented by Broad in their tender, involving a precast approach, resulting in an excellent value for money solution, and surety to the Departments program deadline. The pace and progress of works on site including the installation of services earlier than traditional methods has been outstanding and a credit to Broad’s initiative. The school community is eagerly awaiting to occupy the new building.