University of South Australia Dorrit Black Building, SA
Duration: October 2003 to April 2005
Value: $30 million
Contract type: AS 4000-1997
Summary: This complex project involved the construction or upgrade of three buildings on the busy University of South Australia City West campus on North Terrace in the Adelaide CBD: the Catherine Helen Spence Building, Dorrit Black Building and Kaurna Building.
While the three buildings share a raw industrial appearance with exposed internal services and off-form concrete, each building is architecturally unique.
The Dorrit Black Building is a four-storey School of Art facility with a 1,900 m2 footprint. The building contains large studio and workshop areas for furniture design, glass blowing, metalwork, photography, plastics, wet laboratories and woodwork.
All three buildings were constructed in a busy operational campus environment, with the project teams liaising with the university’s various stakeholders to minimise disruption.
Partly as a result of the success of this work, Built Environs was subsequently contracted to construct the university’s Hawke Building.