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Fitzroy Valley District High School

Structural 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 - Introduce common service corridor to minimised excavations.

This project comprised eight 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.

Located at Fitzroy Crossing, Pritchard Francis identified early in the design phase the type of materials and construction required for the location. Availability of local materials and skilled labour in the area were also considered.

The site presented a challenging environment for excavation and stormwater mitigation. 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. Exposed primary steel members were hot dipped galvanised for protection and maintenance requirements. This approach provided fast, simple and efficient construction on site.

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