RAAF College Relocation, Wagga Wagga

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Details

BVN
Client
Department of Defence, Thiess
Location
QLD, Australia
Completion
April 2011
Value
$250,000,000
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

40,000m²

Description

Phase 2 of the RAAF College Relocation project provides over 40,000m² of new buildings at two RAAF bases in East Sale and Wagga Wagga as a result of the RAAF College relocating from Point Cook and Edinburgh. New teaching, office, and living-in accommodation facilities are provided in addition to a number of base upgrades and external training facilities. New benchmarks of architectural standards within the defence property portfolio have been created with this project that includes a significant new 3500m² combined mess building at East Sale.

The design focuses on ease of fabrication in a regional environment and the creation of efficient structures. The importance of efficient structures cannot be understated as they have been designed to maximise the future flexibility of the use of buildings over time as defence’s needs change. The strong architectural language, primarily with the steel design of the buildings, is a key design decision to support the functional aspirations of: robustness of materials, ease of maintenance over time by contractors, ease of fabrication in a regional environment, simplifying the internal program arrangements of each building via the building form and creating spaces for circulation and sustainability.

The result is a series of buildings designed with care and integrity which balance the importance of form, function, sustainability and efficient use of the client’s budget. This balance has resulted in a series of building typologies within the landscape, which are designed for the people who live and work there.

Phase 2 of the RAAF College Relocation project provides over 40,000m² of new buildings at two RAAF bases in East Sale and Wagga Wagga as a result of the RAAF College relocating from Point Cook and Edinburgh. New teaching, office, and living-in accommodation facilities are provided in addition to a number of base upgrades and external training facilities. New benchmarks of architectural standards within the defence property portfolio have been created with this project that includes a significant new 3500m² combined mess building at East Sale.

The design focuses on ease of fabrication in a regional environment and the creation of efficient structures. The importance of efficient structures cannot be understated as they have been designed to maximise the future flexibility of the use of buildings over time as defence’s needs change. The strong architectural language, primarily with the steel design of the buildings, is a key design decision to support the functional aspirations.

Location

QLD, Australia

Awards

2011
RAIA North QLD William Hodgen Commendation
RAIA Queensland Commercial Architecture Commendation
RAIA Walter & Oliver Tunbridge Award for Building of the Year
RAIA North QLD Regional Commendation

Brief Elements

  • Offices
  • Workshops - heavy vehicle maintenance
  • Warehouses and logistics facilities
  • Construction trades workshops
  • Heavy Plant compounds
  • Physical Training facilities
  • Medical centres
  • Recreational facilities
  • Training facilities and classrooms

Summary

  • Multiple-award winning project demonstrating the ability to deliver robust, economical buildings that support the Army’s needs, which are also of a high design quality
  • Cost saving opportunities identified to adaptively re-use older facilities
  • Sensitive Precinct Planning enabled reuse of significant parts of existing infrastructure
  • Efficiently designed buildings and quality documentation enabled additional scope to be delivered within the capped project budget
  • Research and analysis in early stages to develop building forms and details that maintain comfort conditions in tropical climate without the need for air-conditioning.
  • Through innovative and pragmatic design solutions, as well as a collaborative relationship with Thiess and its sub-contractors, BVN Donovan Hill was able to add considerable value by helping to deliver additional scope – including the Lavarack Barracks Gymnasium, costing $14M, – within the capped budget