USQ Toowoomba – B Block Refurbishment
Premis was engaged to complete a two floor, 2000sqm refurbishment of the University of Southern Queensland’s Administration Building, B Block, at the Toowoomba Campus.
The refurbishment transformed the existing under-utilised administrative building into a new contemporary Cultural Precinct for the campus.
The ground level provides a ceremonial entry with flexible gallery and function spaces and adjacent ancillary support rooms. The resultant building provides a new cultural focus for USQ located at the key masterplan entry axis of the campus.
The upper level forms a flexible framework for an open plan office environment to deliver a healthy collaborative space for the administrative team. The Vice-Chancellor and the adjacent board room have been upgraded to deliver a timeless simple clean design, with a new palette representative of the values of the University of Southern Queensland, wishes to move into the future.
The works included the demolition and strip out of the entire building, installation of a new lift and a structural steel Arbor connecting B Block to the adjacent building, and forecourt works including new ramps, stairs, and landscaping.
The project was delivered in two stages, internal and external. Stage one consisted of the internal works with stage two being all external and landscape works.
The University remained operational throughout the project requiring the front of the building to be cordoned off and an alternative safe entry point devised at the rear of the building.