JCU Verandah Walk

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JCU Verandah Walk

The JCU Verandah Walk is a unique project for RCQ Construction and is the heart of James Cook University. The new pedestrian and cycle link weaves through regional centres and connects the library with the precinct buildings.

RCQ Construction have completed Stages 1 and 2 with the works creating a series of ‘nodal’ meeting and seating areas encouraging students to collaborate and socialise in open – air landscape settings.

Stage 1 was designed by Wilson Architects as a 420m long covered walkway, deliberately curved to draw attention outwards towards the landscape. Polished Aluminium panels line sections of the soffits to reflect the landscape back out to passersby. Two pavilions extend out from the paths and operate as connected outdoor learning centres with power, fibre optics and wifi.

Stage 2 included an 80m long covered walkway connecting the Library to Science Place with an additional bridge linkage over Wadda Mooli Creek. The Bridge was also deliberately curved and is made up of brass aluminum soffits and timber battens. Powered fibre cable was used due to the long continuous lengths and to connect wifi and power outlets throughout.

RCQ Construction worked closely with the University staff and students as the construction was undertaken in a live environment with safety, access, noise and lack of disruption key considerations.

Winner 2017 Regional Queensland Master Builders Award for Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 Million.

QUICK FACTS

PROJECT NAME
JCU Verandah Walk

REGION
Townsville

CLIENT NAME
James Cook University

SECTOR
Education

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TONY CAMERON
RESIDENT & BUSINESS OWNER AT FIRST AVENUE, MOOLOOLABA

“RCQ Construction have previously delivered a total of ten projects for Honeycombes Property Group in Townsville and Mackay. All of these projects were delivered using a Design & Construct contract. RCQ Constructions early involvement in a projects development ensures the design process is as efficient as possible and buildability / cost outcomes are maximised. At all times the RCQ Construction team are cooperative and professional with commitment to quality work.”

PETER HONEYCOMBE
MANAGING DIRECTOR - HONEYCOMBES PROPERTY GROUP

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JAMES VALLIS
DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGER -OAKS HOTELS AND RESORTS

“The fitout was completed to our requirements within a set timeframe and wold not hesitate to recommend RCQ Construction for similar projects in the future.”

NOEL WARD
PRACTICE MANAGER - ADG SUNSHINE COAST

“..found them to be very approachable, flexible around the needs of an operating business, and utterly professional in all our dealings with them. In addition, they were solution oriented and we were always confident that they would find a solution to any of the myriad issues that came up - and they invariably did.”

KIEREN DELL
CEO - Majestic Cinemas

“RCQ’s performance on this project was exceptional. RCQ and their Subcontractors had not previously undertaken a Woolworths’ refurbishment. For Woolworths, this project represented the largest financial construction commitment for FY15. It also had the most complicated scope and a compressed program. RCQ met all staged milestones throughout the project and provided a high quality product at each staged handover. Achieving these milestones was critical in ensuring that the Supermarket was able to continue its operations, with minimal impact on customers, staff and suppliers.”

WENDY EALES
Project Manager, Real Project Solutions

“During my time working with RCQ Construction, I have found them to work cooperatively in a team environment, always acting with integrity and honesty, continually providing efficient and concise correspondence whilst maintaining excellent judgement when dealing with complex issues.”

HUGH GRETTON-WATSON
Director, HGW Projects

“In short, we are pleased with the timeliness of delivery, quality of work and team approach applied by RCQ and its staff.”

GLEN GARRICK
Garrick Family Trust and Harrison Family Trust

“RCQ Construction their Project Manager and Development Team were a pleasure to deal with from the conceptual stage right through to moving into our new premises. Consultation at every stage and a consistently high standard of communication was the key to guaranteeing the final result was to our complete satisfaction. RCQ made every effort to implement our specific requirements for the fitout and allowed us access to the site whenever we required. I would highly recommend RCQ for any construction work and would not hesitate to make use of their services again in the future.”

GLENN FERGUSON
Managing Director, Ferguson Cannon Lawyers

“Communication was regular and immediate, and contact with site personnel and project manager was within a clearly identified chain of responsibility. Workplace Health and Safety procedures were rigorous in terms of dealing with a school and all its clients. Any issues raised by the school were immediately addressed to our satisfaction. This company, RCQ and its representatives involved with this project were excellent partners in our school’s project.”

MRS MARGO DIXON
Principal, Mt Carmel Primary School

“... RCQ was remarkably accommodating in addressing the many variations and remained committed to achieving the quality outcome that we sought… With RCQ exceeding its promise to realise savings of 5% on trade costs, Cape Bouvard was able to add value to the development through a collaborative process of trade letting and cost monitoring, with RCQ once again cooperating pro-actively in the inclusion of scope enhancements and purchaser variations, some of which were extensive. Based on our experiences with RCQ, we are therefore pleased to recommend their services...”

GARY GODFREY
Senior Development Manager, Cape Bouvard Developments

“It was particularly pleasing to me that RCQ planners made suggestions for improvements to our plans throughout the building phase that significantly improved the utility of the final product. This genuine sense of collaboration and ‘ownership’ of the project was greatly appreciated by our company.”

IAN PRATT
Managing Director, Global Village English Centres Australia

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