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(re)Born in the USA

#We recently celebrated BEC’s incorporation of a wholly owned LLC (Limited Liability Company) subsidiary in the United States.

Coinciding with an easing of stage 3 restrictions, we were able to hold an intimate socially-distanced 4th of July gathering of Brisbane-based design luminaries with similar international experience, including Rhonan O’Brien (Mode), Lawrence Toaldo (Conrad Gargett), Liam Proberts (Bureau Proberts) & Peter Edwards (Archipelago). Together with BEC’s John Tuxworth, Zac Lemon, Dan Adler, Chandler Tuxworth, & Sean Quilty, the exemplary company, along with some fine cuisine & libations facilitated much-needed respite & reset during challenging times.

Up to 45% of our consultancy work per annum is international. Our most recent successes have been in the US market, with project works in San Antonio, Omaha, San Jose, Colorado Springs, Little Italy, Denver, Phoenix, Tampa, New York & Los Angeles (LAX Airport). We apply our international experience & innovations to Australian projects, providing an enhanced multi-discipline consultancy service – with client prioritisation afforded by an Australian based & owned practice.

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are unfortunately far from over, & the USA continues to work through a multitude of other issues. Let’s hope in the near future that we can emerge as a global-nation, improved, more attuned, & sensitive to all life in the fragile ecosystem which supports us.


BEC’s New State Manager for VIC, SA, & TAS

#We’re very pleased to welcome Xavier Delattre to the BEC Management team. Xavier joins BEC as State Manager VIC, SA & TAS. Based in Melbourne, Xavier, will lead our multi-discipline engineering & project management consultancy services in the southern states of Australia. 

Xavier is an NPER registered senior structural engineer, with principal experience in bridge structures & Fibre Reinforced Concrete (FRC). Xavier has USA experience, aligning with BEC’s recent market entry, & has an exemplary record as a senior manager & strategic thinker.

Get in touch with Xavier to discuss BEC partnering to deliver your design intent & delivery outcomes:


p: 0449 851 971


Palmview Schools

#Project No: 7086

BE Collective were pleased to work with James Cubitt Architects (JCA) on the Palmview Schools project. The DoE commission was for the development of three new schools on a greenfield site. We delivered a coordinated multi-discipline service offering including Structural, Civil, Hydraulic (including Wet Fire), and Section J Energy Efficiency.

Our team was involved from the master planning phase, through concept, schematic, and detailed design for the new State school, Special School and State Secondary School (with a combined functional space of 18,000m2).

The scale and complexity of the project, combined with its proximity to protected wetlands proved to make the time-sensitive project a challenge. We worked closely with the Client, JCA, Cadence and  Place Design Group’s Landscape team, to ensure an optimal result. A concerted multi-discipline approach facilitated a smooth delivery & a project we’re proud of.


BE Collective: At the Forefront of Sustainability

#BE Collective is proud to be constantly at the forefront of sustainable development, especially across Building Services & energy efficiency consultancy services.

Our Team supported Certified Energy and Johnson Controls, to replace an outdated HVAC system at 300 Adelaide St. The 20,000m2 commercial building is some 30-years old with the HVAC system including a massive, highly-inefficient 2.5m turbine. The new system featured 7 smaller more efficient fans, saving significant energy & reducing the building’s carbon foot print while keeping the buildings’ tenants cool & comfortable. The BE structures team, as part of our multi-disciplinary offering, designed & certified the framing of the new fans & base structure connections. 

Get in touch with us to see how we can help with upgrading your HVAC systems.


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PNGFP Timber Bridges Design Review & Certification

#Project no. 6887

BEC was engaged by PNG Forest Products Limited (PNGFP) to urgently provide Structural Design review, certification, and documentation for three timber bridges in Papua New Guinea.

The bridges were constructed from plywood decks with LVL girders. Our review was specific to the structure strength, durability, serviceability & connections with reference to current versions of the nominated standards.

This project is one of many that helps the team at BEC hone in on their multinational design & documentation expertise, and we are proud to have worked with PNGFP on this.