Mt Franklin

In 2005, the Design Construct Program was invited by the Namadgi National Park in the ACT to design and construct a Day Visitor and Search and Rescue Facility at Mt Franklin. This project presented a new range of design challenges particularly designing for a remote alpine site exposed to extreme climatic variations including snow, gale force winds and bushfires. 

This project employed a hybrid construction system combining the thermal insulation properties of timber with the structural strength of steel to achieve high levels of insulation and lightweight structural framing. The project was completed in 2007.  In 2008 the Mt Franklin Visitor’s Shelter was awarded the Small Project Award and the Colorbond Steel Award by the Australian Institute of Architects.

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Current Project

Design And Construct

In early 2012, on the basis of evolving experience with remote Indigenous projects, the Design Construct Program was invited to assist a community at Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, to design and construct visitor accommodation as a means of generating income for children’s education.

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As a participant in Design Construct you will be involved in all stages of the building process, including developing design proposals, dealing with clients, building and documentation. This valuable process is one of the best possible preparations for your professional life.

Projects pass through several phases:

  • Design: students are briefed, survey sites and produce proposals
  • Design development: students undertake intensive courses, developing their designs in small groups
  • Planning and certification
  • Building: two-week prefabrication sessions are run during student holidays. Students are also involved in on-site building

Projects are generally long-term and pass from one group of students to another.

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Location: City West (BH4-27)
Telephone: +61 8 830 27441
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Email: david.morris@unisa.edu.au

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