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Inertian Insight – July Edition


Queen Street, Brisbane CBD

Following in the footsteps of our beloved Midtown Centre, the existing outdated 47-year-old building on Queen Street in Brisbane’s CBD will be repurposed into a stunning 24-storey office development.
The current building structure will remain while deteriorating external facade elements will be replaced with a state-of-the-art curtain wall facade. The development will include extending both the ground floor podium and the tower by 3 levels. The new ‘crown’ of the building which includes a mezzanine floor and rooftop canopy with a subtropical outdoor space is sure to be a standout feature of the Brisbane City skyline.
We are so excited to be a part of yet another unique sustainable project in our own backyard, which will target a 5 Star Green Star design rating. Thank you Fender Katsilidis engaging us again to help bring your vision to life!
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South Rock State School

Located in the rapidly expanding area of Yarrabilba, we were proud to provide civil and structural engineering services on this $60 million project. South Rock State School at Yarrabilba is a brand-new primary school which opened for the 2023 school year. Featuring 28 general learning areas, two flexible learning areas across Years 1-3 and Years 4-6 precincts, a multipurpose hall, sports and playground facilities, canteen, covered areas, and administrative facilities, this project provides state-of-the-art educational facilities for the incoming cohort of students.

There were a number of constraints in delivering this project in a short time frame. The sloping site provided challenges in the way of providing access and connection between each of the buildings. Through detailed interrogations of building levels, pathways and footpath alignments, we were able to overcome these challenges and deliver value to the client.

Another layer of constraint was build cost. In a market where materials and contractor pricing are escalating monthly, we were able to successfully minimise quantities of materials used across earthworks volumes, retaining walls, concrete, structural steel framing and the use of efficient lightweight roof and wall designs. We estimate this resulted in $600,000 savings across structural and civil build costs.

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Warmington Street, Paddington

We have really enjoyed working with BBH Projects and Alexandra Buchanan Architecture to provide structural engineering services for this new home located in Paddington. This spectacular two-story residence showcases an effortless blend of materials and natural elements to create a beautiful oasis in the heart of the suburbs.

This build was situated in the centre of an overland flow path, with stormwater and sewer lines running under the existing house. The solution was to raise the cottage and design piers on either side of the stormwater line, building block piers up and pouring a suspended slab to create the ground level. This allowed for the supporting structure of the cottage to be built on top of this slab.

Another challenge were the concrete planters that hang above the pool, with the largest spanning over nine metres. To achieve these spans, concrete upstand beams were designed to form the walls of the planter and subsequently support the slab and soil weights. These were supported on angled concrete walls at the end of each span, with steel beams tying the planter into the framing of the house. The remaining exposed concrete finish of these structural elements ties in nicely with the timber accents throughout the build.

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Hip Hip Hooray!

Congratulations to Adam Halama-Lumsden on his promotion to Senior Structural Drafter.

Adam joined us just over 12 months ago and has shown consistent commitment to his projects, clients and colleagues. Working mainly in the commercial and education space, he has played a huge part in delivering some of our biggest projects yet.

When not head down, headphones on in the world of REVIT, Adam is renowned for throwing banter with those around him – never a dull moment.

We just had to keep the awkward handshake tradition going. The matching outfits, however, were unintentional.

Adaptive Reuse In The Industrial Market

Our Industrial Lead Joshua Falco is in the business of making the industrial market cool again. Instead of dead spaces, he sees them as a blank canvas for an endless amount of creative opportunities.

Whilst Queensland perhaps hasn’t explored the opportunity of ‘flipping’ industrial spaces as much as our New South Wales and Victorian neighbours, places like Brewdog, FitAzFK gym and Howard Smith Wharves have given a new lease to disused warehouses around Brisbane.

Power of Engineering

What an amazing opportunity to be able to host Kenmore State High School students as an industry partner for QUT’s Power of Engineering program, on International Women in Engineering Day no less!

After a morning presentation on the past, present and future of Inertia, the girls enjoyed a walking tour along the Coronation Drive bikeway. Visiting the Flood Gate with a backdrop of our iconic bridges, it was encouraging to see so many enthusiastic and inspired girls interested in engineering as a career pathway.

In the afternoon, the students enjoyed break-out sessions and the opportunity to speak one on one with our engineers. We discussed work culture, engineering life, and exciting opportunities before finishing off with questions.

Inertia Golf Day 2022

We are so lucky that the sun came out to play just in time for one of our favourite days of the year, our annual Inertia Golf Day.

This year’s theme was 80s and the Inertians did not disappoint. Double denim, fluro, mullets, and high-waisted everything filled the golf-course for an all-time record attendance. We can’t believe how big our group has gotten in just under a year!

A huge shout-out to our team for never taking themselves too seriously and always being ready for a laugh. The countdown for next year has begun…