CQU School of Engineering

Location: Rockhampton, Australia
Client: Central Queensland University / Paynter Dixon
Status: Completed 2012


Buildings 28 and 29 of Central Queensland University’s (CQU), Rockhampton Campus house the School of Engineering and provide one of CQU’s most successful degrees. Following major ambitious educational changes within the University Department, funding was sought from the Federal Government to enable the upgrade of the Engineering facilities and allow the CQU to seek higher certification and in turn improve academic courses on offer. Through a competitive process, CQU appointed Paynter Dixon and JCA as the D&C team to undertake the complex refurbishment. The scope included workshops, research spaces, training areas, flexible teaching studios and the dated and worn building façade. A tight programme and budget limited the consultation process however JCA through extensive experience in completing similar University and Education projects, were able to quickly develop planning strategies allowing Paynter Dixon the ability to commence on site early. The project also required significant changes to the buildings appearance. The original design incorporated box gutters, limited sunshading and no overhangs. The philosophy adopted by JCA and embraced by CQU was to create a tropical architecture, take water away from the building and radically transform its appearance in a cost effective way.