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About the Case Studies Project

Each case study carries technical information and has been compiled by members of the Cairns and region construction industry.  There are case studies of large developments at Ports North and Skyrail, Smithfield Village, the Cairns Convention Centre, TNQIT TAFE, Botanical Gardens Visitors Centre, William McCormack Place Stage 2, Edge Hill State School and Redlynch Sports Stadium to name a few. There are also case studies featuring multi-units, tourist accommodation, work carried out in the Daintree, our national parks, Aboriginal and Thursday Island remote communities.

The project commenced in 2012 with $20K in funding from the JCU Sustainability Fund. The project team leaders established a Working Group of experts from allied disciplines, and an administration officer was also employed. Emma Thirkell identified over 70 projects and started gathering information. A Guiding Document and Data Collection Sheet were devised and widely distributed to those in the industry that might have suitable case studies to document.  Throughout 2013 Data Collections Sheets were completed and photos and plans submitted to the administration officer. The working group peer reviewed data collection sheets and qualified the projects for inclusion. In 2014, the process of readying the case studies for publication was undertaken and the launch of the published case studies was a formal celebration of our collaboration at the Cairns Institute on the 14th July 2014.

Very special thanks goes to over 100 people that have contributed their time to compiling the first round of case studies.

Although the Case Studies Project has completed its initial goal, the process is established to support the ongoing compilation and publication as new projects as they emerge.

Emma Thirkell: Thirkell Consulting Engineers & facilitator of the Tropical Green Building Network powered by GreenBuild.com.au

Lisa Law: Centre for Tropical Urban and Regional Planning, James Cook University

  • Belinda Allwood: People Oriented Design, Architect and Green Building Council of Australia accredited professional
  • Gisela Jung: CA Architects, Architect and Green Building Council of Australia accredited professional
  • Andrew McFadden: Peddle Thorpe Architects, Architect and Green Building Council of Australia accredited professional
  • Victor Adamczyk: ARUP, Engineer, representing Engineers Australia
  • Liam Kenny: Flanagan’s Consulting Group, Engineer, representing Engineers Australia
  • Chris Di Marco: Di Marco Designs, Building Designer representing the Building Designers Association of Queensland
  • Jane Hall: Enaj Building Design, Building Design representing the Building Designers Association of Queensland
  • Jane Kennedy
  • Shokhida Safarova