First of its kind, the Karla Katitjin Bushfire Centre of Excellence was borne from an extensive Business Case where DFES identified the need for a new facility to support agencies and communities in understanding, preparing and adapting to climate change in a highly fire prone environment.
The project brief was developed through 4 key service delivery functions of: Training, Knowledge, Engagement / Outreach and Business Management.
The collaborative briefing process raised the importance of landscape and building as a teaching tool in bush firefighting and prevention design best practice and the need for a significant public outreach space at the project heart.
This central public gathering space, defined by curved rammed earth walls and indigenous public art, celebrates contemporary and traditional knowledge sharing and connection to landscape / country. Training and administration facilities emerge through earth wall carved openings concealing the extensive range of flexible teaching, learning and working spaces.
Aaron Bills, Graduate of Architecture
Anjalee Patel, Interior Designer
Christian Wetjen, Project & Design Leader
Michael Tyler-Hare, Project Architect
Paul Edwards, Project & Design Director
BGE, Structural Engineer
BIO DIVERSE SOLUTIONS, Bushfire Consultant
CONSTRUCTION HYDRAULIC DESIGN, Hydraulic Consultant
ETC, Electrical Consultant
Full Circle Design Services, ESD Consultant
GABRIELS HEARNE FARRELL, Acoustic Consultant
JCA, Time Planner
JMO Facades, Facade Engineer
Josh Byrne & Associates, Landscape Consultant
Milestone Certifiers, Building Surveyor
Penelope Forlano, Public Artist
Pritchard Francis, Civil Consultant
Quantity Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor
SMWC, Mechanical Consultant