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The new Multiple Sclerosis Centre of WA (MSWA) in Butler consisted of two separate buildings and a new carpark. The construction of the two buildings ran concurrently and was completed over a 46-week period. The facility consisted of a new administration and accommodation block.
The accommodation block was a traditional brick envelope with timber truss and colorbond roofing. Electrical works were specialised to accommodate the 10 residents that would end up calling the new facility their home. The buildings mechanical, lighting, nurse call, door control and television systems were all integrated and operational from iPads for ease of use for the residents. This formed a very intricate part of the project and required high amounts of coordination and communication between PS Structures and all the subcontractors involved.
Due to the occupancy requirements of the accommodation block, the building had to be fire rated throughout. To achieve this the following had to be done:
Double layered Fyrechek ceilings installed throughout inclusive of fire sealing all perimeters.
Custom made fire dampers for the airconditioning installed throughout.
All light fittings, emergency warning and nurse call systems were surface mounted.
The above required high amounts of coordination due to the extensive services installed within and on the ceilings to avoid any services clashes.
The administration block consisted mainly of a concrete tilt-up panel envelope, structural steel frame and colorbond roofing. The building would be used for holding activities, gym and physiotherapy for the residents living within the accommodation block. It would accommodate all the MSWA staff with 10 offices, amenities, kitchen facilities and meeting rooms.
Large solarspan colorbond panels were installed to the administration canopies and accommodation port cochere inclusive of louvred pergolas. A central bitumen carpark was completed, and soft landscaping planted surrounding the street front of the building.
“Our experience with PS Structures on the MSWA Butler Project was very positive and the final result is one both Parry & Whyte and PS Structures can be proud of.”
Alec Whyte – Director, Parry & Whyte Architects (Superintendent & Architect)
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY OF WA INC
PARRY & WHYTE ARCHITECTS