Caulfield South Townhouse Development

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Caulfield South Townhouse Development


Key PRO-ARK Pty Ltd staff:
Mario Duvnjak Director & Danny Chiang Associate
Town Planner: JCA Land Consultants

It is proposed to demolish the existing single storey weatherboard house and garage and construct two (2) dwellings, side by side on the subject site.

Bayswater North Primary School

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Bayswater North Primary School


Key PRO-ARK Pty Ltd staff:
Mario Duvnjak Director & Danny Chiang Associate
Key Sub Consultants Rudds Consulting Engineers, W.A. Moore & Associates, Facet Design Landscape Architecture
Project cost: $2.1 Mil construction

Due to the existing footprint and location of Block A, the entry area acts as a wind tunnel with rain, debris and insects constantly being deposited and blowing into the classrooms. This building houses the youngest students and the parents congregate during drop off/ pick up at the entry of the building at either end of the day. One of the main Scope of Works for this Project is to provide a new enclosed airlock to Block A to address the existing ‘wind tunnel’ effect to these classroom entries.

The use of Acoustic Panels adds aesthetics to the space with audio properties. These contoured surface panels reduce noise reverberation by diffusing sound waves, providing an environment with an enhanced performance. The further use of Skylights shall introduce sufficient natural light into the space.

Yea High School

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Yea High School


Key PRO-ARK Pty Ltd staff:
Mario Duvnjak Director & Danny Chiang Associate
Key Sub Consultants Rudds Consulting Engineers, W.A. Moore & Associates, Facet Design Landscape Architecture
Project cost: $1.07 Mil construction

Yea High School is located in North-Eastern Victoria, approximately 100km from Melbourne. The school caters for students from years 7-12. The confirmed approved enrolment band figure is 326-350 students.

One of the Main Scope of Works for this Project is to Refurbish and extend the Pavilion Building to accommodate Woodwork, Metalwork, Art, VisCom, Music & Drama Activity area.

The use of selected Material for this Building operates on the same principals as natural colour shifting surfaces. Depending upon the viewing angle, different wave lengths of light are reflected back to the viewer resulting in an ever-changing colour gradient with iridescent highlights. The new cladding will be a truly memorable experience that is envisaged to bring life and Colour to the School and provide a long-lasting impression.

Mentone Park Primary School

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Mentone Park Primary School


Key PRO-ARK Pty Ltd staff:
Mario Duvnjak Director & Danny Chiang Associate
Key Sub Consultants Rudds Consulting Engineers, W.A. Moore & Associates, Facet Design Landscape Architecture
Project cost: $0.37 Mil construction

Mentone Park Primary School currently has a student enrolment of 305 students; the data provided by the Department of Education & Training (DET). It is anticipated that the enrolments for 2018 will increase to 398 students in 2018 (2019 at 424).

One of the Main Scope of works at Mentone Park Primary School aim to address and modernise four classrooms on the Eastern side of the school to incorporate the current pedagogy teaching model of flexible and interactive teaching spaces; create small informal group study pockets within the central trafficable area, and incorporate new teacher spaces.

Belvedere Park Primary School

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Belvedere Park Primary School


Key PRO-ARK Pty Ltd staff:
Mario Duvnjak Director & Danny Chiang Associate
Key Sub Consultants Rudds Consulting Engineers, W.A. Moore & Associates, Facet Design Landscape Architecture
Project cost: $0.44 Mil construction

Working closely with school representatives and the DET, PRO-ARK Pty Ltd Architects developed & designed a new Food Technology / Canteen Building.

The schools objectives:
• Construct a new building for a Kitchen / Canteen and an undercover outdoor learning area; including new preparation benches, cook tops, stoves, sinks, range hoods, servery and general storage.
• Total internal area of 80M2.
• Provide a functional kitchen layout allowing for clear supervision of the students, especially the cooking elements.
• Teaching bench to be large enough for cooking demonstrations.
• Canteen / Servery to have a direct relationship with the outdoor learning area, provide a sliding window for the servery, benches, sink, space for a microwave, storage, direct view to a glass fridge by patrons.
• Kitchen to have direct access to the outdoor learning area, provide a large glass sliding door.
• Outdoor learning area to be on a concrete base and undercover, provide space for a large table for up to 10-12 people, provide a space for a storage shed for the BBQ, fold up tables and chairs.
• Provide adequate natural and LED lighting.
• Provide energy rating improved windows and glass doors.
• Provide appropriate floor coverings.
• Consider DDA requirements in regards to access, and general BCA compliance.

Camberwell Primary School

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Camberwell Primary School


Key PRO-ARK Pty Ltd staff:
Mario Duvnjak Director & Danny Chiang Associate
Key Sub Consultants Rudds Consulting Engineers, W.A. Moore & Associates, Facet Design Landscape Architecture
Project cost: $1.3 Mil construction

Camberwell Primary School currently has a student enrolment of 584 students; the data provided by the Department of Education & Training (DET) anticipated that the enrolments for 2017 will increase.

Project Description
Contract a new building to incorporate a library and two classrooms.

Proposed Library
– Construct a new Library to include a library space, library office, library work room and a library store on the ground floor.
– Provide a pedagogy philosophy to the above spaces by incorporating bi-fold doors or sliding doors, allowing individual spaces to be either isolated or combined, including both internal and external spaces at the front and rear of the building.
– Rationalise storage and shelving to accommodate books and electronic equipment.

General Purpose Classrooms
– Construct two No. General Purpose Classrooms to include store, wet area, withdrawal area and student cloak room.
– Provide a pedagogy philosophy to the above spaces by incorporating bi fold doors or sliding doors, allowing individual spaces to be either isolated or combined.
– Rationalise storage and shelving to accommodate general equipment and class materials.

Swinburne University Plumbing Tower

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Plumbing Tower

Swinburne University of Technology
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New building


Key PRO-ARK Pty Ltd staff:
Mario Duvnjak Director & Scott Tseng Technical Director
Key Sub Consultants Meinhardt Structural & Civil, Heath Robinson Services Engineers, Wilde & Woollard QS
Project cost: $2.45 Mil construction completed in 6 months, on time and budget; less than $10K in Architectural related variations.

Swinburne University of Technology TAFE Croydon campus commissioned our office to design, document and contract administer; a new $3.0 Mil. three storey innovative trade teaching plumbing tower; one of only two in Australia. The new facility allows students to learn a variety of hands on plumbing skills, where the current teaching models can be embraced through features such as the incorporation of a large sand filled pit for installing and unearthing of storm water and sewer pipes, two floors for general plumbing installation i.e. roughing in, fitting off, roof plumbing, guttering, downpipe installation and the accessible decking on top of the roof allows for the installation of solar panels in external conditions.

Part of the challenge on this project included the simultaneous construction of our building on a constrainined site, immediately adjacent to another building that was being built, at the same time and co-ordinated by another architectural firm. Both offices sucessfully ensured that the two buildings were completed perfectly on time and budget.

As this building was designed as a teaching and training facility there was no requirement for artificial airconditioning, therefore careful consideration was given to achieving a passive design solution that would not distract the students from learning, through becoming uncomfortably cold or warm. The constrained site, and limited ability to achieve an ideal orientation, added to the difficulty of this task. Features that were included were Natural cross ventilation, the use of King Span thermally improved roof and wall cladding and cowels with dampers for purging and containing of heat. Thermal glazing was used for all windows throughout, to reduce heat emission and glare, providing a well lit and comfortable working environment.

On this ocassion, the project was designed and documented within seven weeks and built within six months with less than 1% architectural component for variations.

The building was officially opened by the Federal Minister of Education, who praised the innovation, and cutting edge teaching facility, for addressing a desperately needed overhaul of the trade program. He further complimented the design team for its extensive use of ESD technology.

Swinburne University LA Building

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LA Building Swinburne University of Technology New building and fit-out


Nominated for the AIA awards 2010

Key PRO-ARK Pty Ltd staff:
Mario Duvnjak Director & Scott Tseng Technical Director
Project cost: $3.80 Mil

Key Sub Consultants Bonacci Group Structural & Civil, Heath Robinson Services Engineers, Wilde & Woollard QS, Builder AMP Pty Ltd

Project cost: 3.75 Mil construction completed in 7 months, on time and budget; less than 10K in Architectural related variations.

Swinburne University of Technology, Lilydale Campus, commissioned our office to design, document and administer the construction contract for an approximately 1,100 M2, $3.5 Mil., three level building. This included; a ground floor book store, IT study centre, cafeteria, two floors of combined student study/research work stations, recreation and IT entertainment areas plus general administration work spaces.

The challenge that the new three storey building presented, was that is was to be built within the existing walls of the original LA Atrium Building. Originally designed by Glen Murcut in the late 1990’s, it was a student retreat and seating area.

Our design sought to respect the existing building by retaining all of the original external and internal forms, including the central skylights and pedestrian circulation space, thus allowing for the continuation of the existing visual aspect available from the original windows of the building.

The new building was constructed inside the atrium, through the temporary removal of one large glazed section – approximately 6mx4m – to the side of the existing building. This formed the only access portal, through which all of the materials and labour were brought in to firstly demolish and remove the existing concrete slab and base, construct the new concrete slab, concrete columns, curtain walls, separate services roof, then the general services and fit out.

All this was achieved whilst the surrounding hoarding continued to allow the students and staff to utilise the existing adjoining building and lecture theatre. By retaining the existing structure and ensuring minimum impact, the client achieved significant cost savings.

The building – within – a – building, concept provided the opportunity for greater passive control over the internal climate, as the existing atrium provided an external thermal buffer. As such, thermally improved glazing could be used to maximise light penetration into the deep floors, whilst minimising unwanted heat loss / gains. Additional heat buildup was directed to the exterior through vents.

PRO-ARK designed and documented the project within seven weeks, including the coordination of all of the consultants, tendered the project, and had the full construction completed within seven months. This ensured the project was ready for the commencement of the next semester. The architectural variations on this project were less than 1% of the project value.

The Building was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor, Mr Iain Young. He praised the project, stating that it had sucessfully achieved the client brief, respected the original building, that it was built on time, on budget, and with minimum possible disruption to the University.