Emmanuel College – New Auditorium

Status: Completed June 2012

Location: Carrara, Gold Coast

Lump Sum (Construct Only)

Value: $6.7M + GST

Category: Education / Hospitality & Entertainment

Project Details

Anyone up for a challenge?

Try constructing a new 469 seat Auditorium sandwiched between two existing two storey fully functioning classrooms and performing arts building, a 6 metre high retaining wall and college chapel with access in and out of the site via a single lane one way road.

Following the completion of a previous stage, Emmanuel College appointed Alder again as their preferred builder to construct, this time around, their flagship project being a state of the art Auditorium.

Alder hand selected and imported granite tiles directly from China, saving the College a large sum of money. These granite tiles were laid to the main entry space & staircase, which is located below the architecturally striking front awning. This awning provides a new covered external space that acts as a focus and gathering point for both the Auditorium and the adjacent Chapel.

One of the key challenges of this project was managing the movement of construction materials in and out of the extremely tight site. To address this, Alder utilised a tower crane that was temporarily installed in one of the lift shafts. The crane was utilised to safely and efficiently deliver and erect materials needed to construct the Auditorium’s shell and was dismantled once all acoustic wall cladding was completed. Works were completed to an exceptionally high level of quality in June 2012.

Work Undertaken

  • Full fly tower with electrical operation of all hoisting and lighting bars
  • State of the art audio visual system that has been designed to accommodate future expansion
  • Operable orchestra lift which maximises flexibility usage in theatre, lecture, stage extension and orchestra modes
  • In ground 60,000L rainwater storage tank located beneath the seating area that is used to provide flush water to the Auditorium’s amenities
  • Basement area includes toilets and provides storage for props, costumes, dressing rooms and dance class facilities
  • Three (3) sound proof rooms are located on the 1st floor that are utilised for music tuition for the students along with a theatre managers office
  • Ground retention engineering solutions
  • Feature timber Tas myrtle acoustic wall cladding and ceiling deflection panels
  • Fire fighting solutions for this building include sprinklers, hydrant pump with 90,000L in ground storage tanks, smoke exhaust system and full back to base FIP
  • All external walls were 200mm thick Hebel panels to satisfy local council acoustic requirements

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