New Engineering Building
The site preparation works were completed this month. This included site benching to provide a level area for the construction of the new building and the fixing of soft spots on the ground base. The piling work for the bored piers to provide support for the foundations of the building was also completed.
This month saw the completion of the storm water re-routing and beginning of the site levelling work. Building area benching commenced to create a level section on the sloped site in preparation for the first concrete slabs to be poured on site in November.
The storm water trenching continued through August. There was also substantial lengths of old pipework uncovered that was removed from the site, along with soil and debris.
The current early works on the Engineering building site is the re-routing of the storm water. As with the earlier services relocation, this is required to bypass the building foundation area and make the site ready for building.
Expanded Library/Student Union Building
The site preparations works were completed this month. The building set out was established and the bored piers to support the Library lifts were finished. In addition, all demolition rubble on the site was sorted and recycled where possible.
The northern section of the Library / Student union building was demolished. This clears the way for the construction of the extension which will double the current space for learning and studying, including the creation of new informal learning areas.
A solid hoarding wall was constructed in the Student Union area to provide safety during the demolition of the northern section of the Library / Student Union. Fittings and fixtures were removed from the area to be demolished.
The old Engineering building was demolished to ready the site for building the expanded Library / Student Union. This brings to an end the 50 year life of the Engineering building which was opened in April 1967 by Sir Henry Bolte, Premier of Victoria. At that time the building was part of the Bendigo Institute of Technology.