BUILDING THE EDUCATION REVOLUTION
The Federal Government’s 14.7 billion dollar “Building the Education Revolution” (BER) program was part of the 2009 Economic Stimulus Plan. This plan saw the construction and refurbishment of important educational infrastructure such as new classrooms, halls and libraries in government and non-government primary schools throughout Australia. Cobul Constructions was awarded the head contract for the project management of seven P21 projects and three NSP projects across Canberra. In the spirit of the economic stimulus plan, Cobul Constructions largely engaged local small to medium sized trade subcontractors to deliver the BER projects to support small business and the local economy.
Works on the first stage BER projects commenced in 2009 and the final projects were completed early 2011. As the project manager, Cobul Construction managed the projects from initial design briefs through to handover of the final building to the school. Cobul Constructions liaised closely with the client, designer, and the school, as the user group, to ensure that each project targeted and achieved the user’s exact needs and requirements. This allowed each school to create a building and space that was tailor made for their individual needs and programs.
The interior design of the new buildings and refurbishments featured open, flexible and vibrant spaces consistent with current teaching practices. Modern technology such as interactive whiteboards and wireless internet were installed throughout Cobul Constructions BER projects to ensure that this investment in new infrastructure remains relevant and useful well into the future.
A large emphasis was put on ESD (environmental and sustainable design) principals. This saw the inclusion of sophisticated automatic night purging systems and rain water collection in many of the buildings. Material selection throughout the construction process was carefully considered to ensure that environmentally sustainable products were being used where possible. Building orientation and construction was examined for optimal thermal performance as well as light quality in the various teaching spaces.