EMCO Building were given the task to construct a three-storey trade - training education facility in the grounds of Murdoch University. This important and complex build included community activity areas of a main foyer, cafe, library, gymnasium and central stair.
Part of the requirement was to create live work training areas comprising of reception, hair, beauty and massage training room. A gymnasium was installed along with the major facility requirements of a service stair, cleaners’ stores, services cupboards, risers as well as passenger and goods lifts. Toilets, showers, bicycle storage, kitchen, cafe service area and a day care facility for the students’ children were also installed.
External works included extensive landscaping and earth works, with the northern colonnade comprising of a sun shading screen to the building, landscaped walls, paving, and planting to the southern terrace of the building. Further landscaped walls, surrounded by paving and planting were accompanied with blade shading structures. A skylight courtyard and terrace area with colonnade and landscaped walls finished off with paving and planting. Additionally, a fire pump room, car park and paved walkway were also laid.
The construction comprised of pre-cast concrete panel and steelwork with high level finishes. A centralised plant room and platform controlled all the internal service works, including the fire and electrical services, irrigation pipes and connections.
The offices in part, included desks, chairs, furniture, workstation acoustic ceilings, roller and motorised blinds, carpets and whiteboards. Audio visual installation was completed in readiness. All doors were natural veneer timber, including the wall panelling and workstations.
A considerable section of the project was fit out work, which included:
- An entire level of offices which were finished fit for purpose.
- Library included racking system, desks and beanbags.
- Salon included the essentials, hair dryers, basins, chairs, furniture lighting, just the IT network to roll out by the incumbent tenant.
- A massage parlour with curtain massage tables and chairs, cabinets, paper towel holders, hand washing dispensers and roller blinds.
- A complete gymnasium fit out, with the exception of the gym equipment.
- Cafeteria and staff amenities.
The difficulties faced during the project were the external colonnade and shade structure installation, which was due to the architectural fibre reinforced concrete panels. The complexity of the support structure and the installation was challenging. However, careful planning and coordination during the installation process delivered a quality outcome.
The requirement of internal timber cladding on ceiling and walls, the variety of high level finishes and the different elements of the project, made the coordination and sequencing fairly complexed. The micro-management of the sub-contractors from the EMCO Building site manager ensured the finishes were completed to a very high standard.
EMCO Building were extremely pleased to have our work recognised at this year’s Excellence in Construction Awards, taking out the award for Best Educational Building in the $20-$50m category for this Challenger Institute TAFE project which was completed in 2018.