In 2005, the Design Construct program was engaged by the Department of Families and Communities to design and construct Single Men’s Housing for the Mimili Aboriginal Community. This project involved staff and students in lengthy community consultation, from which evolved a design proposal that gained development approval in 2008.

Prefabrication of the project followed, requiring a total of 16 two-week intensive prefabrication elective courses involving up to 25 students. In 2009, the first of six intensive site construction elective courses began, each involving as many as 40 students who worked with the Mimili Community to complete the project. In all, the project involved about 500 students, many of whom enrolled in more than one of the several courses offered.

The project was completed in June 2011. In 2009 the Single Men’s Housing project at Mimili was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Community Engagement by the University of South Australia.

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