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Mooroolbark Salvation Army Church

This project is a new church, function and welfare centre for the Salvation Army Church community in Mooroolbark.

Quick Facts

Project Type Civil, Green, Community and Civic
Project Materials Concrete, Steel, Timber
Construction Budget $3.5 million
Project Size Medium
Completed Project No
Completion Date Sept 2014

Map Location

305 Manchester Rd, Chirnside Park, Victoria

Project Team

Client The Salvation Army (Victoria)
Builder Dura
Architect Studio B Architects

Project Description

This project is a new church, function and welfare centre for the Salvation Army Church community in Mooroolbark. The project includes a 250 seat worship auditorium, a 120 seat function room with a commercial kitchen, café, crèche, youth centre, and interview rooms situated on a steeply sloping 6100m2 vacant site.

 The structure designed by MacLeod Consulting includes:

  • Profiling of post-tensioned in-situ concrete ground floor supported on reinforced block walls and concrete columns
  • Stiffened raft concrete slab at lower ground level
  • Reinforced block load bearing walls used for retention at lower ground level
  • Steel framing for the 15m high thermal chimney and cross
  • Two 17m long custom designed exposed Unilam timber trusses with flitch plates to support the auditorium roof.
  • Lightweight timber and part all steel roof framing supported on reinforced block walls
  • Reinforced block lift shaft.

 Civil design included:

  • Bulk earthworks
  • 75 space car park
  • Site drainage, roof drainage, and seepage drainage
  • Pavement design
  • Retaining walls
  • Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) features such as bio retention swales and rain gardens
  • Water storage for recycling

Challenges of the project include the steep 1 in 6 slope (13m fall) to the site with grade entry to both levels, framing of the 15m high thermal chimney, and the labyrinth cooling system utilising the sub-floor void and stormwater tanks.