Toowoomba City Library - Civic Square
The $27 million Toowoomba City Library officially opened its doors on Saturday the 27th of February, 2016. This 6,800 m2 building envelope has all the traditional library features but boasts a cutting edge modern design with high technology equipment. The copper façade is a major element, identifying the library as the absolute city centre piece. The project was constructed by Hutchinson Builders, one of Australia’s oldest and largest private building and construction companies.
Hutchinson Builders utilised Furphy Foundry’s outdoor furniture for all outside public spaces including the Civic Square precinct. Furphy Foundry manufactured and supplied 16 standard Civic seats, 8 Oasis general waste bin surrounds, 8 Oasis recycle bin surrounds, 15 Fulcrum benches and 3 Civic table and bench picnic settings.
The Civic seats came in the standard size of 1800mm (length) x 406mm (width) x 795mm (height) and placed under the open top shelters with growing vines facing the beautiful gardens. These seats are made with hot dipped galvanised steel frames and armrests suitable to withstand the harsh Australian weather conditions. The timber slats are treated hardwood with an oil based finish (Cutek CD50 Extreme in Burnt Red) to enhance the natural timber properties.
For a high level of waste management in the area, the Furphy Oasis general waste and recycle litter receptacles were provided. These bin surrounds are 240 Litres in capacity and finished using 316 grade stainless steel for low maintenance. The curved stainless steel cover prevents water from entering the bin whilst providing entry from all sides to make it easier to place waste in the bins. Each bin surround is equipped with a 7mm triangular lock and key to protect the bins from vandalism and subtle decals complete the receptacles for a modern low maintenance design.
The Fulcrum benches are also standard sizing at 1800mm (l) x 245mm (w) x 435mm (h) and were placed adjacent to the Civic seats to provide contrast in the garden area. These benches are constructed with stainless steel fixings, mill finished aluminium cast frames and treated hardwood timber boards (Cutek CD50 Extreme), which perfectly complements the Civic seats in the square’s precinct.
The Furphy Civic Picnic Settings were also the standard size of 1800mm in length, 750mm table height and 435mm bench height with wheelchair access to one end. These were placed in designated areas to provide individual spaces for groups to sit, chat and gather together.
We were delighted in the overall results and having a part in what is a tremendous iconic building for the region. If you’re in the area stop by and take a look at the Library façade, grounds and beautiful settings of the Civic Square it sits amongst.
For more information on any of the street and park furniture used in this project or anything else, please feel free to visit our website or give us a call and talk to one of our area sales consultants to find out how Furphy Foundry can help your next project become great