Kelly Tohill

Education MODE: Designing for flexibility & the future

Kelly Tohill
Education MODE: Designing for flexibility & the future
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International design practice MODE continues to grow its Education portfolio, securing work across Australia, by successfully delivering projects for primary, secondary and tertiary clients.

Profiting from 25 years’ experience, their most recent success comes as part of Western Australia’s first Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the education sector. 

MODE, as part of the EduWest Consortium, were awarded lead contractors to deliver eight new schools, four new primary schools and four secondary schools, to open progressively from 2017 to 2023. Through the use of lightweight construction techniques, MODE has established a process for maximising the flexibility of spaces on a day to day basis, while also providing inherent adaptability in the structure to allow it to morph and adjust as the uses and technical requirements of each space evolve over time.

With the rapid changes in educational models and delivery methods, the only certainty is that requirements will change over the lifespan of any building, either through changing pedagogies, advancing technologies or demographic shifts. In response, MODE believe it is essential that they ensure that every educational facility adopts a flexible and adaptable solution that can respond easily to the shifting needs of the user groups.

“Adaptability is essential in any school environment. With a design life of 50 years, it is imperative that buildings have the capacity to adapt to changes that, although not entirely predictable, are inevitable.” - Robert McCray, MODE Principal

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https://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/suppliers/mode/education-mode-designing-for-flexibility