New Engineering Building
A major milestone was achieved this month with the pour of the New Engineering building concrete slab. This was a great way to finish the year and set the scene for construction of the superstructure of the building in the new year.
The completion of the bored piers followed by the strip and pad footings were a major focus this month. This work will make way for the concrete pour of the building slab. In addition, masonry works were completed on the support wall along one edge of the concrete slab.
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 December.
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 pour of the expanded Library / Student Union building slab took place just before the holiday break. The new year will see the start of the construction of steel framing and positioning of the pre-cast concrete walls.
Much of this month was focused on the strip and pad footings. This was followed by placement of the reinforcement mesh in readiness for the pour of the slab.
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.