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Western Heights College Regeneration Project - Stage 1

This partnership project between the State Government and the City of Greater Geelong involves the merging of three campuses of Western Heights College into a single campus on a new site with shared community facilities. MacLeod Consulting provided full structural and civil consulting engineering services for the project.

Quick Facts

Project Type Award Winning, Education, Civil, Green, Community and Civic
Project Materials Timber
Construction Budget $17 million
Project Size Large
Completed Project Yes
Completion Date 2011

Map Location

Vines Rd, Hamlyn Heights, Victoria

Project Team

Client Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria)
Builder APM Group
Architect Patrick Architects

Project Description

This partnership project between the State Government and the City of Greater Geelong involves the merging of three campuses of Western Heights College into a single campus on a new site with shared community facilities. MacLeod Consulting provided full structural and civil consulting engineering services for the project.

Stage 1 consists of extensive landscaping, hardcourts, sports oval, a specialist technology building, two learning community buildings, and a joint use building with a shared library, community centre, senior citizens club, cafe, canteen, hall and student areas. The buildings are all single storey steel and timber framed with feature glazing and precast panels. The efficiency of the design was maximised by the use of large trusses spanning almost 14 metres. Through coordination with the architect, the spacings of the large trusses were staggered to create a unique coffered ceiling design.

One of the challenges of the project was the council requirement to detain on site all stormwater flows for the 1 in 100 year storm as well as managing overland flows from offsite flooding through the site. This involved providing a network of swales and bunds linked with water sensitive urban design features such as eco-ponds, sedimentation ponds, biofiltration trenches and gross pollutant traps to maintain run-off quality at current best practice levels.

 

Awards

CEFPI Victorian Chapter Awards 2011 - Honourable Mention for An Education Initiative or a Design Solution for an Innovative Program