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Concrete In Australia : December 2008
NATIONAL ACN 051 987 181 • ISSN 1037-9908 NUMBER 50 • NOVEMBER 2008 PRECASTER www.nationalprecast.com.au Hawke Building – a precast icon of character, innovation and leadership The new five-storey Hawke Building is a public portal to the University of South Australia and a focus for engagement with the community. Its design serves to support UniSA’s commitment to its place in South Australia as the people’s university now and in the future. Precast concrete in this stunning public building demonstrates the clarity, consistency and completeness of the design resolution, as well as being a lasting contribution to the urban design. The fastidiously detailed faceting of the white precast concrete façade plays with light and shadow so as to alter the appearance of the façade as the sunlight changes over the day. Designed by architects John Wardle in association with Hassell, the new $35 million Hawke building (named after former Prime Minister Bob Hawke) brings a striking modern presence to the historic North Terrace precinct. With over 6500 square metres of floor space, the building includes a Civic Gallery, a 400-seat auditorium, a 150-seat forum space, and the second largest public art gallery in the state, with state-of-the-art facilities and services throughout. story continues on last page… National Precast... making precast first choice Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 4 33 Using precast resulted in several months of time savings over an equivalent in-situ concrete façade. Builder, Built Environs, prides itself in its ability to build on confined sites having constrained access. Central to their rationale was the choice of precast concrete for its value in reducing site storage requirements and site overheads in terms of virtually eliminating scaffolding and formwork – all important for a narrow site such as this. Using elements of the final structure as construction areas saved time and money, as did pulling forward the delivery and installation of key services. Despite requiring four months of soil remediation prior to construction, the project was delivered on time - a testament to precast construction and all involved.