As a result of our work at Traralgon (Liddiard Road) Primary School DiMase Architects were asked to design a permanent modular classroom building for the junior years of the School. The design process involved working with KL Modular to understand the requirements of building a building off site, transport requirements and installation constraints to design a project that meets the needs of the school community. There are significant benefits for the school by way minimising disruption to the school activities as well as enabling the school to achieve cost savings from an expanding construction approach for this type of work.
Our role was to cleverly design a building that fitted into the existing environment of the school. We also created spaces in and around the building that enabled the children to explore new places to play and learn. Internally we created 2 large spaces that could be connected or separated as needed – as well we created a a set of alcoves in which smaller groups could engage in learning and play activities -whilst being connected to other learning and teaching groups.
Our role on this project was limited to the design and documentation parts of the design process. KL-Modular undertook the role of documentation and we provided advice on consultants and due to our familiarity with the school environment we were able to explain key features of the site and existing infrastructure. The collaboration with KL Modular was both rewarding and insightful and gave us a better understanding of the benefits, constraints and opportunities of this form of project procurement. For the kids and staff there is a sense that the school has been renewed and that the light filled spaces foster a better place to teach children entering the school for the first time.