Wesley College Transition Pavilion Buildings, WA

Duration: November 2009 to November 2010

Value: $7.5 million

Contract type: Lump Sum

Summary: Built Environs constructed this multi-award-winning, two-storey gymnasium, teaching and theatre complex for Wesley College in South Perth.

The project included the creation of a two-storey transition building with classrooms and teaching areas, and a pavilion building with a gymnasium, theatre and an additional teaching area.

The works added a total area of almost 2,900 m2 to the private school on Coode Street. The buildings are of precast column and brick construction, with timber trusses, insulated wall panels, louvres, window facades and metal and tile roofs.

The main entrance incorporates a large two-storey void area with opaque Danpalon architectural roof glazing that helps accentuate the large open gymnasium and create an indoor-outdoor teaching area.

Given the height of the pavilion building and the operational school environment, Built Environs decided to build the timber rafters in large panel sections, so that the roof could be craned-up in sections in one morning. As well as reducing the need to work at height, this method saved time.

On taking on the project, a number of legacy documentation issues resulted in the building needing to be fast-tracked, with revisions completed under architect’s instructions and sketches. Built Environs completed all the extra work immediately, helping to save at least three or four months in construction time.

The project received numerous awards for excellence in 2011, from the Australian Institute of Building and the Master Builders Association.

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