A Modular Makeover

Mawson Lakes School is located in Adelaide’s northern suburbs and consists of an Early Years campus (birth to 8 years of age), and a Primary campus (8 to 12 years of age) across two sites – East and West.

In 2022, Sarah Constructions was engaged to deliver a major upgrade including:

  • A new permanent modular building providing teaching spaces with associated ancillary spaces including teacher preparation, withdrawal spaces and toilet facilities and landscaping.
  • Refurbishment of classrooms into modern teaching spaces across several buildings, and
  • Demolition of ageing infrastructure.

Sarah’s team delivered the project within an operational school environment, successfully managing the deconstruction, transportation and rebuild of seven temporary classrooms, construction of a new, high-quality, fit-for-purpose main building, and refurbishment to other existing permanent buildings.

While the schedule was reprogrammed due to latent groundwater investigations, the modular construction approach allowed for works to continue off-site in Sarah’s innovation Solutions Centre, where key stakeholders were invited to view progress using virtual reality goggles to visualise the completed project.

All works were delivered as programmed for the start of the 2023 school year and the project is enhancing learning outcomes for the 800+ students and staff alike.
The high degree of communication and collaboration between all project parties has produced exceptional outcomes for the Mawson Lakes School community.

One of the key strengths I observed in Sarah Build on the Mawson Lakes project was their design input. They demonstrated a deep understanding of our project requirements and offered valuable suggestions to enhance the overall design. This input proved to be instrumental in creating learning environments that exceeded expectations, fulfilling the vision of the client (Department for Education) and the school…They consistently went above and beyond to accommodate the client’s requests, ensuring that the needs of the client were met. Their dedication and commitment to client satisfaction were evident throughout our experience.

Collaboration and value-add were prominent features of our engagement with Sarah Build. Their team actively engaged with stakeholders, fostering a positive working relationship and leveraging their expertise to enhance the project’s outcomes. Through their collaborative approach, they added significant value to the construction process and contributed to the overall success of the project.

In summary, I highly recommend Sarah Build for any future construction projects. Their design input, communication, innovation, problem-solving skills, eagerness to assist the client, collaboration, and overall project delivery experience were outstanding. It was a pleasure working with them, and I am confident that they will continue to exceed expectations in any future endeavours.

Christopher Steele, Client-side Project Manager/ Project Director - Sensum SA

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