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Westlake Boys High School

Project Name
Westlake Boys High School
Ministry of Education
Design and Build, Construction Services

The building is constructed on shallow strip footings with structural steel frame and double tee suspended floors.  A Rooflogic “Warm Roof” system has been utilised, which provides both thermal and acoustic requirements, roof access hatch, attic ladder and a fall restraint system for roof maintenance inspections.  The exterior cladding consists of precast concrete, Hardie’s Stria board and Aluminium joinery.

This building provides a languages learning facility and comprises a teaching block of ten, cellular classrooms with necessary acoustics criteria.  However, future proofing has been considered and the school has the ability to remove all partitions and walls on both levels, if necessary, turning all floor plates into open plan.

A selection of exterior Aluminium windows have been double glazed and, along with external sun louvres, minimise heat gain.  A large walkway roof canopy and deck overhang helps mitigate the summer sun heat gain.

Internal walls are insulated and lined with plasterboard, stopped to a level 4 finish and painted.  Selected walls are lined with Autex to enhance acoustic performance.

An internal Schindler lift services both floors with accompanying wheel chair routes, and external door thresholds making for easy access.

External landscape consists of asphalt walkways intermixed with Astro Turf patios and seating benches for students to sit and relax.