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Fitzroy Crossing TAFE

Structural Engineering

Project Type / Category
Modular Construction / Transportable
End Client
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Architect
Bateman Architects
Contractor
Cooper and Oxley
Project Value
$3M (consisting of various projects)
Project Location
Fitzroy Valley, Western Australia
Project Completion
2012
Value Engineering Solution
  • Insulated panel roof.
  • Set downs incorporated into transportable design.
  • Transportable design for labour cost saving.
Unique Design Items
  • Full transportable design.
  • Footings integrated into rock foundations.
  • Fully exposed structural frame.

The Fitzroy Crossing community is a focal point for vocational education and training facilities in the region. This facility offers a range of additional educational services adding to the existing facilities available at the adjacent High School, forming an education precinct in the town.  

Pritchard Francis was responsible for the civil and structural engineering services on the project. The scope of works featured multipurpose classrooms, administration facilities and student and staff amenities. 

The two buildings were prefabricated in Perth before being transported to site. This enabled the project to be quickly erected and only required minor onsite work to fix to the transportables before they could be fully commissioned.  Due to the harsh weather conditions of the site the architect proposed a Parasol roof design of the units. To minimise purlins and roof structure Pritchard Francis proposed an insulated panel design which minimised structure and added to the insulation requirements for the projects.

The civil works included a road extension with cul-de-sac, car parking and new pedestrian footpaths as well as earthworks and stormwater disposal over the relatively shallow rock layer.

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