The recently completed KIOSC project, constructed on the Wantirna Campus of Swinburne University, has been awarded top honours as Best New Education Facility by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. The project was the result of a joint venture between Knox Schools Consortium and Swinburne University. The dramatic architectural form, based on strong sustainability principles and clever use of technology, was designed by leading Australian architects, Woods Bagot.
One of the first completed Trade Training Centres in Australia, Wilde and Woollard Melbourne were commissioned to undertake full cost management services, and delivered the project within the allocated funding of $10.5M. Project Director Paul Dowling explained, “this was one of the more unique buildings that we have been involved in, and certainly one where we felt bold architecture, sustainability and innovation could all be incorporated, without any compromise on space or any budget premium being incurred. We are proud of the outcome; it is not your average school is it?”
The facility has established a centre of excellence for the delivery of green education and training, focusing on environmental sustainability and responsible management.
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