From the Resene News – issue 4/2009
The main event - Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
Situated on Alfred Street in Mackay, Queensland, the Mackay Entertainment Centre has been completely reinvented with its development into the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC). The MECC has had the ultimate makeover to a state of the art venue.
The centre opened to great fanfare in time for the Mackay Festival of Arts, a showcase of local and national art talent and a highlight on the social calendar.
The venue includes two plenary halls that seat up to 1700 people, which open up to form a banquet hall seating up to 1000 guests. Designed with versatility in mind, the spaces can be broken down into a series of rooms to suit a variety of function sizes.
A wraparound foyer provides the ideal footprint for trade shows and corporate events, extending out to an outdoor terrace area. And to ensure guests don’t go hungry the complete centre is serviced by the largest commercial kitchen in the region.
The centre makes the most of its natural good looks with paint finishes focused on wood stains and clears to complement not cover the natural beauty of the substrate. The project soaked up over 1000 litres of Resene coatings, including Resene Aquaclear waterborne urethane in satin and semi-gloss finishes, Resene Colorwood wood stain tinted to Resene Black Pepper (brown black), Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Half Banjul (blackened green) and Resene Half English Walnut (nut brown), Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Black and Resene Aquapoxy white.
15 months in the making, the building also required 500 local labourers to complete the work, 5000 cubic metres of earthworks, as well as over 3500 cubic metres of premix concrete, 750 cubic metres of coloured concrete, 250 tonnes of reinforcing, 350 tonnes of structural steelwork and 5000 square metres of roof sheeting rolled on site.
And as for the locals, they’re enjoying the luxury of the location and the luxury of choice.
Architect: Cox Rayner
Building Contractor: Woollam Constructions
Painting Contractor: Geraway Painting Services
Resene: Sandra Elliott, Customer Services Manager; Sarah Langstaff, Architectural Services Representative; Mackay shop
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