Small team, big bang
The numbers speak volumes. Calibre Group’s Rockhampton Office, with just 15 staff, were the engineering consultants on projects that won 8 awards at the recent 2017 Master Builders Central Queensland Housing and Construction Awards.
Among its achievements, Calibre were the Structural & Civil Engineering brains behind the Project of the Year — the Blackwater Aquatic Centre, a world class aquatic facility in regional Queensland.
“We see it as a significant achievement for our humble team and we are proud to be involved with the wider design and construction team,” said Rockhampton Leader Chris Shields.
The Blackwater Aquatic Centre, built by Hutchinson Builders, who took out the MBA award, is an impressive facility with a 50m competition pool, a sheltered 25m pool, a children’s ‘splash pad’ and support facilities. The significant shelter canopy required bespoke structural elements to span large distances in order to avoid obstructive columns.
Custom rammed earth walls were another atypical inclusion by architects Liquid Blu. “These are neither cheap nor easy to build, but when done properly, as they have been at Blackwater, they are stunning,” Mr Shields said.
Calibre were also the Structural & Civil Engineers on Griffin Builders’ multi-storey carpark in Yeppoon, which won the award for a commercial building worth $5 million to $50 million. “It’s more than a carpark, in many ways,” Mr Shields said. “It’s a very deliberate attempt to shift cars away from the foreshore area in order to support the amazing Town Centre and Foreshore Revitalisation. But it’s no eyesore – it’s very considerate of its surroundings and has been engineered so that additional levels can be added for further carparking or a conference space in the future.”
Calibre were the Structural Engineers involved in the Headricks Lane renovation, which won the award for D.R. Moore Constructions for its sensitive transformation of the heritage building into a hip bar, café, dining and function space. “We found it really inspiring,” Mr Shields said. “It should set the tone for reinvigorating many other grand heritage structures in the CBD area that are currently underutilised but have great history and character.”
Calibre were also the engineers in three other award-winning projects: the new covered area at The Cathedral College, the Jaguar Land Rover Showroom and the House of the Year in Eucalyptus Crescent.
“When you work closely with like-minded builders, developers, architects and consultant teams on projects that are genuine assets to the community, success follows,” Mr Shields said.