St John Fisher College

This major project, which is part of the college’s masterplan, involved demolishing a previous classroom building and creating an impressive food technology centre with a commercial kitchen, cold rooms, café, food produce gardens and landscaping.

A design technology building was also part of the works and included installing a 3D printer and laser cutters.

The project had a number of inherent challenges, which we managed collaboratively with the client. The challenges included poor ground conditions and hazardous substances, which needed to be removed during the demolition. As soon as we became aware of these conditions, we developed three remedial options for the client so they could make a quick decision and the project could proceed without delay.

The new building was designed by architects Phillip Smith Conwell and gives the college on Brisbane’s outskirts a leading facility for its students.

Managing supply issues

Proactive management of COVID-related supply issues meant Rohrig was able to complete the project over 26 weeks and four weeks ahead of schedule. We ordered a number of the long lead time items as soon as we were awarded the contract and pre-purchased kitchen equipment to allow for expected delays.

The project timeline was also managed around the live school environment. Noise, concrete pours and delivery times were scheduled to avoid disruption to classes or school drop-off and pick up times.

The collaborative and positive relationship between Rohrig, the client & Designers was the foundation for a smooth experience and quality outcomes.

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Project Facts

  • Completed: 2021
  • Construction timeframe: 26 weeks
  • Cost range: Under $5 million

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