Suc­cess­ful ten­der for JCU build­ing pro­ject at Cairns

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor -

C O N S T R U C T I O N c o mp a n y Hansen Yuncken will over­see the first stage of James Cook Univer­sity’s next ma­jor build­ing pro­ject, the head­quar­ters of The Cairns In­sti­tute.

Hansen Yuncken suc­cess­fully ten­dered for the role of man­ag­ing con­trac­tor of Stage I of the $ 25m pro­ject, which in­cludes over­see­ing the de­sign and doc­u­men­ta­tion of the build­ing.

Stage II, which in­volves con­struc­tion, is ex­pected to be­gin in July, for com­ple­tion in the sec­ond half of 2012.

Dur­ing the pe­riod of build­ing, up to 250 con­struc­tion jobs will be sup­ported.

The acting di­rec­tor of The Cai r ns I ns t i t ut e , Prof e s s o r Chris Cun­neen, said the build­ing would make Cairns an en- gine room of Aus­tralia’s en­gage­ment with the trop­i­cal world.

‘‘ It will be a hub of in­quiry, col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­no­va­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘ Our head­quar­ters will house spe­cial­ists in the so­cial sci­ences, hu­man­i­ties, law and busi­ness, re­search­ing is­sues of im­por­tance to peo­ple in the trop­ics world­wide.’’

Af­ter an ex­haus­tive se­lec­tion p r o c e s s , i n c l u d i n g p u b l i c feed­back on five short-listed de­signs, a con­sor­tium com­pris­ing RPA Ar­chi­tects of Townsville and Woods Bagot of Bris­bane has been cho­sen to de­sign the build­ing.

‘‘ This will be an iconic build­ing not just for JCU but also for Cairns,’’ Pro­fes­sor Cun­neen said.

The head of JCU Cairns cam­pus, Deputy Vice-Chan­cel­lor Dr Stephen Weller, said The Cairns In­sti­tute’s head­quar­ters was one of sev­eral ma­jor con­struc­tions planned for the com­ing year.

It will in­clude a new den­tal clinic and the com­ple­tion of r e s e a r c h f a c i l i t i e s f o r t h e Queens­land Trop­i­cal Health Al­liance.

‘‘ Along­side fa­cil­i­ties de­voted to our ex­per­tise in trop­i­cal health and bi­ol­ogy, The Cairns In­sti­tute will house re­searchers whose fo­cus is the prac­ti­cal and hu­man chal­lenges of life in the trop­ics,’’ Dr Weller said.

The Cairns In­sti­tute build­ing has been funded with the as­sis­tance of a $ 19.5 mil­lion grant from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

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