Woodleigh School Science Building
Sean Godsell Architects
William Wardell Award 2003, Australian Institute of Architects
Winner of the 2003 RAIA William Wardell Award, the $3m Woodleigh School Science Building was delivered by fixed lump sum contract following a competitive tender process.
Works involved demolition of the existing external basketball courts, portable classroom areas and school maintenance compound to make way for a new science faculty building. Site preparation works included the construction of a 3m high retaining wall to conceal a new saltwater storage tank to service the central aquarium.
The 1200m2 building includes five teaching rooms with substantial laboratory spaces containing purpose built joinery, specialist lighting and new fume cupboards. A greenhouse, project room, store rooms and preparation room surrounds the classrooms to provide a highly functional teaching facility.
Innovative use of finished materials including timber and rusted steelwork featured throughout the project as well as a roof constructed from opaque fibreglass with natural daylight entering into all areas via a slotted timber ceiling.
Construction was completed in late 2002 with this being the third facility delivered by Kane Constructions for Woodleigh School.
From the first site meeting right through to handover, their professionalism was always evident.
Harvey Webb, Woodleigh School