Public Building Projects
Our award winning firm strives for the best outcome for each project. Two of our designs receiving awards is a testament to our public building success as these projects are scrutinized by a wide variety of users.
City of Bunbury Depot
Unexpected design elements distinguish the City of Bunbury Depot from the other buildings in this industrial precinct.
When Veen’s Design Group were asked to combine 3 existing depots in different locations onto one new location, Veen’s looked to create not just a functional space but a structure that was interesting with an unconventional façade.
The new location needed to update all the depot’s infrastructure, landscaping bunkers, provide general storage, vehicle wash down bays, accommodate the sophisticated technology, staff and admin offices.
The new buildings incorporate 1718m2 of workshop, 120m2 of workshop offices and 376m2 of general storage in one main shed. The separate 980m2 of office building has a custom orb blade wall that features signage from the street, separating the front admin and reception from the offices, staff room, and ablutions. The reception entry has an angled canopy reaching under the feature ultrabond wrapped fascia. Usually, you see the peak of the office and shed roof from the street. In contrast, we treated the front façade and had some fun with the design and concealed the roofline behind the blade wall. The feature boxed window trims are coloured to match the wrapped fascia to add colour and detail to what would otherwise present as a plain elevation.
Internally the vivid orange façade colour was reflected with splashes in the carpet layout and kitchen cabinetry. The design creates a sense of space with the glass panel walls on the single offices that look into the large central open space workstations and opposite to the external surrounds.
The maintenance depot, landscaping depot and civil works depot including the engineers from the central office now all now work alongside each other in a clean, ordered and fully functioning building on the one location.
Djidi Djidi School
Two years after Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School’s library was destroyed in a fire the new state-of-the-art Kwilena Library was officially opened in November 2017 for the students to enjoy the new facilities.
When it burnt down, the school community was grieving the loss of the building and the history and culture, however, this destructive fire ironically presented a new opportunity to explore state of the art learning resources and techniques, with a strong emphasis on world’s best practice to energise the learning environment and foster a culture of information exchange and tutelage.
The school teaches children from kindergarten to Year 6 and was established in 1996 in order to better serve the needs of the Noongar children in the South West.
Veen’s researched Djidi Djidi’s specific school ethos that espouses collaborative learning in real-life environments with a strong community focus. With this in mind, the blue circular seating arrangement became the centrepiece of the early childhood room with the acoustic ceiling feature with suspended disks of muted colours representing puffy clouds. The older primary children’s acoustic ceiling more lineal suspended panels to represent cirrus clouds. Whilst the colour scheme is deliberately restrained there is an air of playfulness which engages students, staff and visitors alike.
The school celebrated the new facility with an official opening with the entire school community present, Bunbury MLA Don Punch paid tribute to Veens Design Group a major contributor to the successful outcome of the project.
South West Wellness Centre
2016 BDA WA Award Winner
Category New Commercial & Public Buildings over $2m
Nestled on the prominent southern entry to the City of Bunbury is the South West Wellness Centre hub services the region with a variety of community services. The Community Home Care facility is the new administration offices with a public function centre. The Technology Assisting Disabled WA provides facilities to provide disabled appliances and custom made furniture and fittings for special needs. The Men’s Shed is a nationally acclaimed project that fits well within the service ethos of the Centre.
Veen’s Design Group cleverly integrated the staged design & staged construction creating an easily accessible hub for all three Not for Profit Organisations, with an design approach that supports future growth and flexibility.
Greater Bunbury Medical Centre
2014 BDA Award Winner – Category – Public Buildings
An exciting privately owned one stop hub for medical services servicing the South West.
Veen’s were great to deal with during the design and construction of our new building for the Greater Bunbury Medical Centre and I would highly recommend them
Enable South West Administration Office
Renovation of the old Tarooki Lodge to new administration centre for Enable South West. Veen’s managed to retain some of the original dance floor and chandelier in the renovation to keep the link with the past.
2012 BDA Award Finalist
Category – Commercial alterations – Enable South West
Our experiences of working with Veen’s Design Group has been extremely positive. From the conception stage through to actual build we were expertly guided through the process. Veen’s Design Group worked collaboratively with us, listened to what our requirements were and came up with designs to accommodate those needs and made additional suggestions for us to consider. We really like our office, it works well, looks good and get regular compliments from visitors. We have no hesitation in recommending Veen’s Design Group.
Pemberton Sports Centre
Expansion of the sporting facilities in Pemberton to bring all the groups together. Clever use of pole timbers to reflect & harmonise with the surrounds.
2004 BDA of WA Awards – Winner Category – Public Building – Pemberton Sports Complex