Perth school builds new classrooms faster and cheaper with modular builder

19 May 2015

Students at Dale Christian School have kicked off term two in style with access to new, state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities thanks to leading modular provider Ausco Modular.


The new classrooms are a far cry from most parents’ expectations of modular buildings featuring advanced industrial arts spaces and science labs.


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Ausco Modular recently wrapped up work on the project, which is one of the biggest school installations it has completed in Australia, and is giving an inside look into its construction process to demonstrate the quality and versatility of modular building methods. 


Ausco Modular General Manager – Western Australia Leo Crohan said his project team worked closely with the school to design buildings that were completely customised to the needs of the students and teachers who would be using them.


“We provided an end-to-end solution for the school which included design, construction, installation, and complete fit-out of the buildings including safety and fire compliance,” Mr Crohan said.


“This project required full-service areas for home economics, industrial arts, science and music classes, canteen and uniform store facilities as well as traditional classrooms and teachers’ offices with all of the associated amenities such as bathrooms, safety measures and elevator and stair access.


“The modular construction process for typically ‘in-situ’ buildings like schools has progressed in leaps and bounds over the past few years and we are now able to offer solutions that are equal to their permanent counterparts in terms of construction, design and lifespan but at a fraction of the cost and time.


Mr Crohan said site works for the project were fully completed in just six months, which was less than half the time of a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ construction process and significantly less disruptive to students, staff, parents and residents in the local community.


“The bulk of the site works were required to be completed during the school term, so we worked with the school and the local community to ensure there was minimal disruption,” he said.


“This required us to work around peak traffic and school drop-off and pick-up times and avoid weekend work so as not to disrupt surrounding residents.


“We also had to ensure the safety of students while they were at school so we kept heavy machinery works on-site to a minimum.”



Dale Christian School Principal Fred Galsworthy said the completed building exceeded his expectations in all aspects from the quality of the fitting, to the Ausco Modular’s time management.


“The liaison between Ausco Modular and Dale Christian School was outstanding throughout every phase of the project which minimised the impact on our school community,” Mr Galsworthy said.


“This building provides invaluable support to our growing school so we can continue to give our students access to the best education and facilities possible.”


Media contact: For more information or to organise an interview, please contact Siobhan Davey at PPR Brisbane on 07 3309 4721.