Successful tender for JCU building project at Cairns
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.