17 Feb 2010
The Durack Institute of Technology (formally Central West TAFE) reached completion today, boosting Indigenous access to education facilities in the remote town of Wiluna, WA.
In this project we employed similar design principles to our Wiluna Remote Community School, pursuing the use of low maintenance materials and simple construction techniques.
The facility comprises two transportable blocks accommodating Classrooms / IT and Administration, fabricated in Perth and delivered in halves to the remote site for installation and services connection. Substituting traditional profiled sheet steel cladding with compressed fibre cement sheet has injected fresh and vibrant colours against a backdrop of red earth and sky.
Modular, composite insulated panels arranged over simple steel portal frames bridge the transportable units creating a shaded deck, providing relief in the typically hot climate.
To the west, the transportable blocks are flanked by a large 372m² Skills Shed with an adjoining 217m² outdoor undercover area tailored for automotive training. By alternating steel sheet cladding with profiled poly-carbonate, natural light permeates the shed interior. The shed’s expansive roof maximises the opportunity for rainwater collection to be stored in 50kL tanks.
The facility will offer courses in Automotive, IT, Horticulture, Building and Construction, Business Administration and Textiles.