Appointed by the Western Australian State Government under a PPP design, build, maintain contract the EduWest Project Co are tasked with delivering four new primary schools and two new high schools in and around Perth.
The contract, which includes facilities management for up to 31 years, includes:
Each school is being built over a large catchment area, requiring a significant number of detention and infiltration tanks to temporarily store in excess of 10,000m3 of stormwater before releasing back into the ground or into the local drainage network. After carefully evaluating the upfront and lifecycle costs, quality of materials and ease of maintenance the consortium’s design team decided to utilise the proven ecoAID Underground Stormwater Chamber system on each of the six schools as this provided considerable cost savings, fast installation and an easy and effective way of servicing each tank for maintenance.
Being a government driven project there was a large emphasis placed on the consortium to source locally manufactured products and systems wherever possible. ecoAID was the natural choice as it has been designed, manufactured and structurally tested in Australia. Local manufacture not only provides a financial boost to the Australian economy, it also provides shorter lead times to site and significantly reduces the carbon footprint when compared with imported products.
Geofabrics provided continual support and assistance to the consortium’s design team and to the sub-contractors installing the ecoAID chambers on site.
The main benefits of ecoAID are: