The construction included timber stud framing and steel portal framing lined internally in plywood and clad externally in corrugated steel. As far as was practically possible, students designed and fabricated the balustrades, sliding doors, seating, hinges and door hardware as well as installing composting toilets. The project was opened by the then Premier of South Australia the Hon. John Olsen in 1998. In 1999, the Western Mining Corporation Visitor’s Centre was awarded an Architectural Design Commendation by the Australian Institute of Architects which was the highest award in its category in that year.