St George is a rural town in the shire of Balonne in South-West Queensland, approximately 5 hours due west of Brisbane. With a population of just over 3,000 people, the St George town centre attracts people from the surrounding farming region. Community facilities are critical for servicing this broader community.
At the heart of the St George Library Hub revitalisation project is a 653m² building, incorporating:
- a library with increased collection.
- specialty areas for user groups (including juniors and teenagers).
- a business hub.
- the Country Universities Centre Balonne educational hub
- a makers’ space with 3D printing hub.
- a foyer art gallery space.
- a dedicated area for celebration of local history and culture.
In addition to this building the hub includes a revitalised green space (park) and the current St George Cultural Centre Annexe was refurbished to better serve the local community
DMA Engineers was engaged by Fulton Trotter Architects to deliver electrical, mechanical and hydraulic services design from detailed design based on concept drawings through construction. Some features of our work included:
- Extension of hydraulic services to the new building and modification in the refurbished area, including:
- Domestic potable cold and hot water supplies.
- Sanitary plumbing and drainage.
- Design of new power, lighting, communication and security to the new building and refurbished area, including:
- A new communications room.
- Meeting rooms.
- Specialist lighting.
- CCTV and Access Control.
- Design of the air-conditioning and fresh air systems to suit the a dual zone approach in the library and the upgrade and extension of plant supplying the refurbished area.
The new St George Library Hub opened on 5 February 2022.