Rowes Furniture and Bedding is a family-owned store in the heart of Toowoomba, 90 minutes west of Brisbane, that has been serving the community of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs for more than 120 years. The existing store is comprised of several original heritage buildings, interconnected to provide one large functional space.

DMA Engineers were engaged by Aspect Architects in 2019 to complete the detailed design of a fire sprinkler upgrade for the store as part of a major redevelopment and refurbishment being undertaken by Rowes. We were also engaged to complete the fire hydrant and hose reel services design.

Due to the original heritage nature of the building, it was critical that the disturbance of the original building be minimised wherever possible. Our fire protection team conducted a thorough survey of the existing site to provide detailed documentation outlining specific instruction about services to be removed, replaced or retained and re-connected. Our Revit enabled team conducted coordination in the 3D space, which helped to provide a clear picture of the final product as well as enhancing the understanding of spatial requirements for services.

By engaging our fire protection design team to complete both the sprinkler design and fire hydrant & hose reel design, the client benefited from a streamlined fire services design process, particularly when assessing the water supply requirements and spatial design of critical life safety infrastructure.

Client: Aspect Architects
Location: Toowoomba, QLD
Sector: Retail
Services: Fire Protection
Project value: $3,000,000
Year completed: 2021

Project Renders: Aspect Architects

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