Master Builder of the Year | National 2016 | Victoria 2016, 2017
PROJECTS | Victoria

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Sector

Community

Value

$45M

Client

City of Greater Geelong

Consultants

Davis Langdon
ARM
Slattery

Awards

2016 Master Builders Australia National Commercial Master Builder of the Year

2016 Australian Institute of Architects, National Sir Zelman Cowen Award

2016 Australian Institute of Building, National Professional Excellence Commercial Construction $10M-$50M

2016 Master Builders Association of Victoria Young Builder of the Year - David Purcell

2016 Master Builders Association of Victoria Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $30M-$80M

2016 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter The Regional Prize

2016 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture

2016 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter The Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture

2016 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter The Victorian Architecture Medal

2016 Australian Institute of Building, National Building Professional of the Year - David Purcell

2016 Australian Institute of Building, Victorian Chapter Professional Excellence Commercial Construction $10M-$50M

2016 Master Builders Australia National Commercial/Industrial Construction $20M-$50M

2015 Concrete Institute of Australia State Award for Excellence

Construction of the multi-award winning $45 million nine level state-of-the-art facility with a unique dome design constructed from glass reinforced concrete.

Designed by renowned Melbourne firm ARM Architecture, the project commenced in late December 2013.

The new library and heritage centre not only provides access to information through printed collections, but also via the latest multi-media platforms. It also serves as a community hub in the centre of Geelong.

Located in the regional centre of Geelong, the new building replaces the old Library and Heritage Centre and is built on the former buildings footprint in Johnstone Park.

The existing library and heritage centre remained operational during construction.

The unique Glass Fibre Reinforced (GRC) cladding distinguishes the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. Approximately 550 panels were installed - including convex hexagon and pentagonal panels, facia and gutter panels. The lightweight GRC panels are manufactured off site complete with a secondary steel sub frame, and bolted to the primary steel structure to create the domed façade and roof of the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

The Lump Sum contract (with a Design and Construct roof and façade) was completed in late 2015.

"The Geelong Library & Heritage Centre Project was a unique, complex and demanding building project. The building's bespoke design, unique cladding and dome structure presented numerous challenges for the Kane Team, all of which were managed with a professional and competent approach." Scott Cavanagh, Acting General Manager Strategy & Performance, City of Greater Geelong