Community hub takes shape from the inside

Artist's impression of Sunshine Coast Council library. | Newsreel
An artist's impression of the Sunshine Coast Council's new Caloundra community hub. | Photo: Supplied by Sunshine Coast Council.

The redevelopment of an old Sunshine Coast Council administration building is stepping up a gear with internal demolition work set to clear the way for a new centre’s expansive entrance.

The building in Omrah Avenue, Caloundra, is being transformed into a integrated creative and community hub, with a contemporary district library and meeting spaces.

Sunshine Coast Councillor Terry Landsberg said crews had so far dismantled and cleared the internal areas of the basement, ground floor and Level 1.

“Level 2, which housed the former Council chambers, will soon be completed,” Cr Landsberg said.

He said the next major works would be the demolition of a section of the existing Level 1 floor slab to allow for a new double ground floor height entrance and tiered seating area.

“This will provide a fantastic feature and functional space for our new library and community facility,” Cr Landsberg said.

“Due to the nature of these specific demolition works, there will be temporary increased construction noise in the coming weeks, and we appreciate the community’s patience and understanding while this important part of the new facility is created.”

One of the key aspects of the project is to maximise sustainability by reusing and recycling demolished materials.

“Greenstar ratings, which are the aim of this building’s design, target 90 percent recycling and to date this is being exceeded,” Cr Landsberg said.

“The construction waste from this project, including steel, copper, glass, plasterboard, ceiling tiles, concrete and soil, is being returned to the circular economy for reuse, resale and recycling towards other construction projects.”

Cr Landsberg said when construction materials were removed, they would be carefully sorted into separate stockpiles on site before being collected and taken to their reuse or recycle processing solutions.

“Remaining mixed waste material, which represents a small percentage of total waste to date, is being separated, loaded and transported to approved waste facilities for further sorting and processing, with only non-recyclable materials transferred to landfill.”

Additionally, a range of furniture located at the Caloundra Administration Building and destined for landfill has been traded – and given new purpose through the use of the online marketplace-style ASPIRE platform.

“The platform is accessible to all organisations with an ABN and is free if you have fewer than 100 full time staff,” Cr Landsberg said.

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