Rain no dampener on this parade.
Situated close to the heart of the picturesque township of Mount Barker is the new state of the art residential care facility, Oakfield Lodge. The $23 million two-storey aged care facility, features 80 bedrooms, allied health services, commercial kitchen, café, activities shed and a hair dressing salon.
- Winner 2016 National MBA Excellence in Lifestyle Housing in Seniors Awards - Aged Care Facilities
- Winner 2016 MBA Excellence in Commercial/Industrial Building $20 Million - $50 Million
- High Commendation 2016 AIB Excellence in Commercial / Industrial Development $10 Million - $50 Million (SA Chapter)
Design Challenges and Creative Solutions
The site, positioned adjacent to a creek, was sloped and bounded by properties. This caused significant logistical and access issues. The team at Sarah resolved these issues by leaving a central access way through the centre of the building. Sarah also designed and sourced underground precast stormwater detention tanks, significantly reducing the time the excavations were open, meaning the site was safer for everyone.
Ongoing wet weather and high dew in the Adelaide Hills presented unexpected interruptions, requiring urgent logistics management. The inclement weather risked the halt to a number of works, however potentially lengthy delays were cut short after the Sarah team brought in mobile equipment, allowing works to continue.
After a 13-month construction period, the facility was delivered to the client on time and 5 per cent under the original project budget.