August 19, 2015

Lavalla Catholic College Trade Skills Centre

“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

Area:                                      675m²

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” façade.

The interior has been softened with the use of plywood on the walls to contrast with the concrete floor and steel walls.

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