lavalla catholic college trade skills center
“Lavalla catholic college engaged Slap architects to help produce a funding application for the federal government Trade Skills Centre Program and design the building for the colleges specific needs”
Client Name: Lavalla Catholic College
Construction Budget: $1 Million
Builder: Farnham Developments
Slap Architects assisted Lavalla Catholic College with the funding application for the Federal Government’s Trade Skills Centre program. The first stage was for Slap to produce a design that met the funding requirements, and in conjunction with a Quantity Surveyor and the college, produce an application. The college was successful in its application and then engaged SLAP to refine the design, document , and put the project out to tender and then administer the project.
The design houses engineering and construction teaching workshops, as well as materials storage, a theory room, office, C & C machine room and outdoor works spaces.
The building’s design is based on a basic steel portal frame commercial workshop but uses a palette of materials and colours that were chosen in conjunction with the school to integrate the building within the campus. The building is grounded on a red brick plinth, similar to the surrounding buildings, and uses a variety of steel colorbond cladding and clear polycarbonate windows to produce a “chequered” facade.
The interior has been softened with the use of plywood on the walls to contrast with the concrete floor and steel walls.