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Melville Senior High School - Theatre

A sustainable, cost-effective stage for students

  • $4.5M

    Project Value

  • 300+

    Seats

  • 700

    Square Metres

  • Perth, Western Australia

    Perth, Western Australia

Using modeling tools to save redesign and redevelopment costs

When Melville Senior High School set out to develop their new Performing Arts Centre, their goals were flexible teaching opportunities, display accommodation, and circulation space within a striking, bespoke building. Our job? Working closely with Cox Architecture to design the electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, and sustainability portions.

One of our main focuses was on investigating existing infrastructure. By modeling the energy requirements for the centre, we determined that the new load would not exceed current capabilities, which meant major capital cost savings. We used ground penetrating radar to identify existing hydraulic routes, allowing services to be relocated to accommodate construction, and we used 3D REVIT to maximise the layout within the limited space and coordinate services. Our mechanical team also identified an opportunity to use outside air to minimise plant size and reduce energy consumption, significantly reducing capital and ongoing operational costs.

Combining specialist lighting and audio/visual connections, sustainability investigations, and numerous cost-saving solutions, the new facility advances the school’s teaching opportunities. As a standalone extension to the existing performing arts building, the new centre provides programming flexibility and consolidates the school’s planning. 

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  • Cox Architecture Pty Ltd
Architect
Cox Architecture Pty Ltd
Meet Our Team

Andrew Wakelam, Mechanical Section Manager, Principal

I’m a people person—I thrive on the collaborative process with both the project design team and between the disciplines at Stantec.
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Liliana Mironov, Electrical Project Engineer, Australian Discipline Leader, Associate Director

Every single idea presents a new opportunity for learning and innovation.
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Prasanna Suraweera, Sustainability Section Manager, Australian Discipline Leader, Director

There are a thousand sustainability options out there and I love finding the right path to meet the client’s needs.
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Ben Hyde, Hydraulics Project Engineer, Principal

With more than 20 years of contracting and design experience in the hydraulic industry, I deliver effective and creative solutions.
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Andrew Wakelam

Mechanical Section Manager, Principal

Liliana Mironov

Electrical Project Engineer, Australian Discipline Leader, Associate Director

Prasanna Suraweera

Sustainability Section Manager, Australian Discipline Leader, Director

Ben Hyde

Hydraulics Project Engineer, Principal

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