In 1995, the Design Construct program was invited to design and construct a Visitor’s Centre at the Wheal Hughes mine near Moonta, South Australia. Prefabrication in the University’s workshops began in 1996 and construction on site began in 1997, involving 20 students and two staff in numerous two week intensive elective courses. 

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.

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