ASI Steel Award Announcement for John Curtin College of the Arts Year 7 Teaching Facility

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Pritchard Francis is pleased to be recognised along with JCY Architects and Urban Designers, with a 2016 ASI Steel Excellence Award in the Buildings Category of Steel Clad Structures for the John Curtin College of the Arts Year 7 Teaching Facility project. 

John Curtin College of the Arts is a landmark school providing specialised curriculum, extension, and enrichment for gifted and talented Arts students and those identified as academically gifted. The site for this building is located on the steeply sloping western side of the John Curtin College of the Arts, with outstanding views over Fremantle and the Indian Ocean beyond. The building is brought to life by the wonderful folded and perforated blue and silver metal screen, developed in conjunction with the project public artists, which wraps itself around the building, as well as providing the imprint to precast concrete cladding panels. The screen components designed as 3D objects, are also represented in the 2D perforations on adjacent aluminium panels, as imprints in the concrete, casting silhouettes and shadows which all change throughout the day and during different seasons. 

The steel framing for this development was critical to the successful delivery of the landmark project within an extremely modest budget. The efficient steel support structure is seamlessly integrated with the artwork, creating a dramatic statement when viewing the school from the west.  

The project was built on the side of a steep hill, making this an extremely challenging site. Steel framing was critical to the successful delivery of this landmark building, without compromising project speed or safety. The efficiency and flexibility of the modularised steel system performed to triple bottom line outcomes, delivering a beautiful building that was erected in a fast and safe environment, with very low cost and embodied energy. 

Approximately 100T of steel was used for this project, with 100% sourced from Australia.

We would like to congratulate the team involved in this great community development, including JCY Architects and Urban Designers, head contractor EMCO Building and their sub contractors -  ROVLAH Steel Constructions, Needle Drafting Services and Locker Group. 

We look forward to delivering more award winning developments in the future.

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