QUT O-Block


Gardens Point Campus


The challenge

When Box&Co won the select tender to refurbish QUT’s ‘O Block’ (home to the university’s School of Engineering), we were instructed that the existing seven-storey brick façade was to be upgraded to match the modern new buildings in the precinct.

Refurbishing and upgrading O Block’s ground floor lecture theatres and podium was also part of the brief, with the client requesting a seated study and WIFI hub. The primary challenge of this project was to keep the building fully functional and operating as normal while works were being completed.

The solution

Our team worked swiftly and discreetly to deliver the O Block upgrade project to the highest standard with minimal disruption. Work was completed in stages and often out of hours to allow university life and learning to carry on as normal.

  • Cladding the north, east and west façades with a ‘colour contrasting’ European-made composite
  • Replacing existing windows
  • Adding a structural steel framework to support the new cladding system
  • Painting the south façade
  • Raising the existing podium roof in two sections
  • Replacing the upper box gutters with stainless-steel guttering
  • Installing built-in seating and spotted gum privacy booths on the podium, along with new glazed balustrading to the edge of the slab
  • Fitting Hi Lite sun screening to the Alucobond cladding
  • Extending electrical services and WiFi to the seating area
  • Adding perforated metal-finished screening
  • Removal and refit of existing podium glazed roof
  • Removal and refit of the stainless-steel chiller and gas pipes

The Outcome

The tight building tolerances and exact detailing unique to this project required first-class workmanship to execute the quality finish required. By carefully overseeing and coordinating all the trades involved in the project, our team was able to seamlessly match the existing structure.

Precision planning also ensured the north façade was demolished and rebuilt while keeping the entrance to the facility functioning.

Winner of State Housing and Construction award, 2014.