Ozanam Industries is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society dedicated to enriching the lives of people with a disability through meaningful paid employment. The project required alterations and additions to upgrade the existing facility comprising three adjoining warehouses to create a delivery, storage and packaging facility within a draft conservation area.
INFORMATION ABOUT PROJECT:
DTB set out to provide a credible, sustainable model for people living and working with a mental or physical disability which was capable of redefining the interactions between people, their individual happiness, health and wellbeing, community awareness, resource usage and the environment.
Each warehouse space was treated individually to create a clear spatial break between work areas, break out spaces, storage and loading areas.
Features of the employee work space included impressive saw tooth roofs, clerestory glazing, exposed hardwood trusses and beams all utilised to provide natural light, air and vistas. Low lying ‘pods’, each capturing glimpses of the space within which they are nestled.
The break out and office spaces at mezzanine level spring off the existing warehouse walls creating a private terrace looking over the tree lined street.
The external facades were given back to the community through an art project established with Marrickville Council as part of their Graffiti Alternative Program. A canvas of street art is now an Inner West icon telling the story of the organisation and its’ passion for those it employs.
Canley Heights Community & Early Childhood Centre
Canley Heights, Sydney
Fairfield City Concil, NSW Health
Quantity Surveyor, Traffic, Landscape, Acoustic, Arborist, Hazardous Materials, Town Planner, Soil Contamination, Land Surveyor
Construction of a new community and early childhood centre with adjoining carpark and amalgamation of two lots. The centre provides a meeting place for a range of services and programs in the areas of health, housing, legal, children's services, aged and disability services and various classes (including knitting, exercise, card making, cooking & language).
Initial feasibility analysis was required to assess the viability to retain existing community buildings and add to them or to demolish and rebuild a purpose-built facility. It was decided to build a new facility through Concept, DA, Tender and Construction phases. Construction procurement was required under a D&C contract for areas such as Services and joinery, the the architectural built elements fully documented prior to Tender.
DTB were appointed in stages for all phases of the project. Stakeholder involvement & presentation was critical from the earliest stages. Domestic scale and appearance were required to suit the low-density residential location and the design of the centre was to allow for several activities to be able to occur at the same time.