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Fitzroy Valley District High School

Civil Engineering

Project Type / Category
Education
End Client
Department of Treasury & Finance
Architect
Bateman Architects
Contractor
Cooper & Oxley
Project Value
$30M
Project Location
Fitzroy Valley, Western Australia
Project Completion
November 2008
Value Engineering Solution
  • Monolithic slabs for termite resistance
  • Lightweight framing for regional transport requirements
  • Reduced trades to control site costs
Unique Design Items
  • Stormwater mitigation
  • Rock site unique foundation solution
  • Rock site requiring introduction of common service corridor to minimise excavations

Located in Fitzroy Valley, this project included 8 separate independent structures interlinked by a common walkway. Structures are a mix of classroom blocks, library, administration block, mechanical and cooking workshops and a performing arts building.

Early in the design phase, the Pritchard Francis team determined the availability and type of local materials, construction required for the location, and availability of local skilled labour in the area.

The site presented a challenging environment for excavation and stormwater mitigation, where a solution balancing the trenching in rock and imported fill provided the foundation for efficient and economical construction on site.

The ultimate structures comprised of slabs on ground with structural steel frames (columns, rafters and window heads), stud walls in-filled between the steel frames and exposed primary steel members hot dipped galvanised for protection and maintenance requirements. This approach provided fast, simple and efficient construction on site.

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