Petrie Mill timber resurrected for USC board table
31 Mar 2020
The brand-new USC Moreton Bay campus has a very old feature at its heart – with the campus boardroom centrepiece built from wood recycled from the site.
Almost 100 pieces of recycled ironbark timber from the former Petrie Paper Mill that used to operate nearby have been transformed into a characteristic one-tonne table.
Head of USC Moreton Bay Professor Karen Becker said the table was a fitting monument to the deep history of the area, and the mill that used to process and recycle paper near to where the new campus has been built.
“This boardroom table is an impressive piece of design and workmanship,” Professor Becker said.
“It honours the history of Moreton Bay as we look towards an exciting future, with plans for this precinct to develop into a collaborative learning, research and innovation zone that will benefit industry across the region.”
The table was designed by USC Architect Zeyad Elkojje and constructed by Narangba recycled timber specialists Kennedy’s Timber.
Mr Elkojje said a team of 15 was involved in sculpting the table.
“The table comprises four separate pieces, each weighing 240kg,” he said.
“Each piece had to be carried individually through the building where they were assembled together in The Boardroom. To support the weight, the table sits on six sets of purpose-made black powder-coated aluminium leg frames that were laser levelled to ensure that the top was true.”
The entire table measures 8.8m in length, 2.4m at its widest point and weights 960kg, almost a full tonne.
A YouTube video of the creation process is available here.
Tradesman picks up new tools for university study6 Apr
A Narangba apprentice carpenter who had applied to study at USC received the acceptance text while he was on the job – at the University’s new Moreton Bay campus.
Planning graduate helps shape Moreton Bay region13 Mar
A prized job as an environmental planner is enabling a 2019 USC Urban Design and Town Planning Honours graduate to support the future sustainability of the Moreton Bay region.
Top tips on how to study at uni while at high school6 Mar
Senior high school students in the Moreton Bay Region wanting an early start to their local university journey can get face-to-face advice from USC Moreton Bay staff and students on Tuesday 17 March.