Daramalan College: Sharpe Technology Building
The Daramalan Sharpe Technology Building was conceived as an energy-efficient building that demonstrated ESD and general building technology to students. The building is a two-storey building that wraps around the existing two-storey drama and art building.
On the ground floor there are woodwork rooms, spray booths and storage. On the first floor there are CAD computer rooms, drafting rooms, textiles rooms, staff room and toilet facilities.
The environmental systems and technologies include passive solar design, thermal break double glazed windows, insulating concrete blockwork separating footings from slab and walls, timber trusses, high-efficiency evaporative coolers and night purge cooling systems operated by the building management system.
Artisan works promote trade skills in the building industry and include in this project; hand crafted timber trusses above the woodwork room made from Jarrah, Blackbutt and Blue gum Australian hardwoods.
Artist works promote the work of local artists and include; feature glass mirrored tiles in bathrooms and a centre piece artwork at the end of the main corridor of a “spiralling heart” commissioned by Daramalan School from local Canberra glass artist Elizabeth Kelly from Tangerine Glass Studio.
The building was designed as a highly energy-efficient sustainable building. The building has low annual running costs from use of solar passive systems and higher than required insulation wrapping the building envelope.
The building utilises wider than standard cavity brick construction with thermal blocks at slab wall junctions to enable the building insulation envelope to be continuous.
Insulation has been placed under the slab, through the slab wall junction, in the brick cavity and across ceiling spaces and under roof.
Dickson ACT, Australia
MCA Excellence in Brickwork