The Education Gateways Building (EDGY) at the Springfield campus has achieved 5-Star Green Star Design Certification and is in the process of achieving a potential 6-Star Green Star As-Built rating. The four-storey building includes:
- Client University of Southern Queensland
- Location Ipswich QLD
- Value $52M
- Contract Design & Construct
Open double height foyer with AV installations, television and radio studios plus associated support offices.
Teaching spaces, library, student breakout rooms and café, which overlook the foyer and building entrance.
Rehearsal, media & multi-purpose studios, collaboration hubs for visual arts plus associated research areas.
Science Labs, Research Rooms and Lecture Theatre.
The multi-storey bridge-link, leading from Levels 3 & 4 to the adjacent existing facility incorporates lecture theatres built within the link structure.
Value engineering during the design phase enabled savings to both costs and time relating to the structural and finishes, without compromising on the project brief and end result of the building.
BADGE generated over $1M of forecasted savings in the GMP, which allowed USQ to up-spec levels of finishes and AV/FF&E/ICT installations within the facility.
The FF&E, ICT & audio visual works were integrated within the construction program and delivered as a turn-key product at Practical Completion.
As a result of Client DA Approval delays, BADGE was requested to implement an accelerated programme to ensure delivery of the EDGY building for the 2015 academic year.
BADGE accelerated the programme by analysing the original project methodology and identifying a number of areas where practical and strategic adjustments could be made. BADGE reduced the construction phase of the project by 5 weeks to meet USQ’s requirements, again without compromising on quality.