State Library of South Australia Upgrade, SA
Duration: August 2001 to August 2003
Value: $41 million
Contract type: C21 Managing Contractor
Summary: Built Environs refurbished the State Library of South Australia to return the library’s status as one of Adelaide’s most prestigious cultural institutions.
The project involved the complete redevelopment of the library’s 1960s-era main building, the refurbishment of two adjacent historic wings and the creation of a new linking space and access to the historic armoury precinct behind the library.
The main building comprised a total floor area of 15,700 m2. Around 1,800m2 of the adjacent Jervois Building was also redeveloped, along with 2,000m2 of the Institute Building. The upgrade also incorporated the construction of a glass bridge and dramatic glass entrance structure.
The design introduced strategically placed windows to provide natural light and spectacular views of Government House, the Migration Museum, the Natural Sciences Museum, the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The refurbishment included the formidable logistics of keeping the library’s priceless collections – and staff and public – safe, free from dust and always under climate-controlled conditions.
The project task was expanded significantly when a massive amount of undisclosed asbestos was discovered. Spread across the complete top floor, the unexpected asbestos took a year to remove.
Through strong interaction between all stakeholders and a high-performance construction team, the project was delivered on time, on budget and defect-free.
In 2004, the project won a Master Builders Association’s National Commercial / Industrial Construction Award and the State Excellence in Commercial Redevelopment / Refurbishment award, as well as a High Commendation from the Australian Institute of Building.
Thank you so much for the work you have done in making our redeveloped library so beautiful, so functional and such a pleasure to be in.
The building project has been an incredible team effort. It has been a privilege to be associated with it.