NT Open Education Centre
Located on the grounds of Darwin High School at Bullocky Point, Darwin, the $13,000,000 NT Open Education Centre is a 2100m2 innovative educational facility constructed over three levels.
Designed by national award wining architectural firm MODE Design. The project was partially supported by the INPEX operated Ichthys LNG Project, as well as the Northern Territory Government. It provides the delivery of remote education services by the Department of Education.
Despite the number of variations and extra works, Probuild NT delivered this project with no time extensions claimed or given, to meet the agreed 52-week program.
The Bullocky Point Education Precinct (aka NT Open Education Centre – NTOEC) by MODE received many awards from the Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NT chapter. The awards night was held in Darwin on Friday 16th June 2017.
The project received the highly esteemed Tracy Memorial Award, along with the Northern Territory Chapter Award for Educational Architecture and an Award for Interior Architecture.
Probuild NT partnered with local specialist subcontractors to deliver over $3,000,000 of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services into the building. This included the realignment of some existing chilled water services and upgrading chilled water pumps and mechanical services switchboards.
During this project, Probuild NT partnered with IE Projects, Red Appointments and the Batchelor Institute to provide Certificate II in Construction to 22 Indigenous employees. They also worked on the construction of the project. During this time, they also received a lot of on the job, hands on training, leading to meaningful and gainful employment.
Our project management team for the NT Open Education Centre ensured we had highly qualified personnel to see the project through to the end. A dedicated office based Project Manager was supported by a Contract Administrator, as well as a dedicated Site-based Manager. The Site Manager was backed by a full time Site Supervisor. Probuild NT’s Site Supervisor also assists the Workplace Health and Safety (WSH) Manager with the delivery of the WHS system on site, and controls the day-to-day site running.
This project team is assisted by Probuild NT senior management, our Construction Manager and our administration staff, all Northern Territory residents.
External to the engaged subcontractors includes Probuild NT employed skilled carpenters, labourers and operators.
The building was designed for combined use such as administration, finance, student services, meeting rooms, staff facilities, IT, open teaching and multipurpose areas. The internal design is structured around a central core of amenities and wet facilities on all levels.
The building is principally fabricated using hybrid construction of reinforced in situ concrete and the external walls being mostly infill steel framing. All service shafts, central core and stair wells are core filled masonry block work. Some external feature walls are precast concrete.
Locally manufactured, significant structural precast columns dominate the front entrance of the building. This is a major architectural feature drawing patrons into the state-of-the-art educational facility. The external facade of the building combines multiple finishes, such as burnished concrete, perforated COR-TEN steel, composite aluminium panels, and compressed cement composite. It is finished with prefinished Colourbond metal sheeting and painted rendered blockwork.
Significant external feature shading features the southern and northern elevations and is constructed using anodized aluminium vertical wings and COR-TEN steel.
Internally, the resilient finishes flooring is undeniably a major feature of the Open Education Centre. Ontera multi coloured and styled planks feature in the offices and elliptical patterned designs run through upper level teaching and administration areas.
The new building includes multiple air handling and fan coiled units to deliver conditioned air throughout the facility. The existing Building Management System (BMS) was extended to include the new facility and control all new mechanical services.
Significant external groundworks, car parking, irrigation and landscaping were varied into the contract. This portion of the works was only enabled to proceed after we had delivered the project to final stages within the client budget.