Eaton Medical Centre

Location

Albatross Cres, Eaton WA

Client

Australind Medical Centre

Architect

Woodhead International

Value

$2.5M

Completion Date

January 2009

Completed by Perkins Builders and designed by Woodhead, Eaton Medical Centre amalgamates two regional medical practices in the Eaton Commercial Centre, north of Bunbury.

The clients required a striking and practical response to their very specific operational needs, to expand the medical services available to the growing local community.

The facility includes primary and secondary waiting areas, eight consulting rooms, nurse consulting rooms and treatment rooms for minor procedures.  An independently operated pathology clinic with two consulting rooms is also incorporated. The administration and staff amenities zone, comprising meeting and lunch rooms, offices, staff shower and generous storerooms, is configured on the first floor in response to a very tight site with stringent car parking requirements.

The building is oriented along an east-west axis for best exposure to northern light and is designed to exclude the morning and afternoon summer sun. Solar-control green glass with steel and aluminum sunshades to the north-facing windows reduce thermal load. Energy efficient lighting is installed throughout the building.

A highly economical structure, the ground floor is simply constructed of a steel portal frame clad in brickwork and Colorbond steel sheeting. The wall construction and mechanical system design assure acoustic privacy between rooms. A lightweight steel first floor frame has minimized cost and thickness of the suspended floor slab. Contrasting composite aluminum cladding is used sparingly on the first floor façade to give the building a presence from the nearby arterial road. The building has an emphasis on simplicity in its detailing, with low-maintenance finishes, concealed services and an economy of structure being central to the design.

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This project won the title of Best Commerical/Industrial Building $1.5m-$3m in the 2009 South West MBA Building Excellence Awards.