Client

Government of Samoa

Budget

WST22.4 million

Contract Type

Construct only

Completed

Oct 2010

Location

Samoa

Ministry of Education and Sports Headquarters

Supporting education in Samoa

The opening of Apia's Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (MESC) headquarters was a significant milestone for education in Samoa. Bringing together all divisions of the MESC for the first time, the state-of-the-art new two-storey headquarters enabled great collaboration in education development.  

We built the 3820m2 facility for the Government of Samoa, which comprises two main buildings linked by an air bridge, car parking and a traditional fale for outdoor meetings and important ceremonies. With a contemporary take on traditional Samoan design, the building features extensive timber detailing to a façade that acts as both decoration and protection from the elements. The building structure is a reinforced concrete frame, with in situ concrete floors and steel portal frame roof support with corrogated roofing. For the first time in Samoa, we installed solar power photovoltaic panels and a Corten steel façade to the building.

For the first time in Samoa, we installed solar power photovoltaic panels and a Corten steel façade to the building.

Another key feature of the headquarters is the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Distance Learning Studio, which will allow children in remote areas to link to teaching and educational materials they wouldn't otherwise have access to.


 

Project Partners

Name Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop

Role Architect

Name Burns Hamilton and Partners Pty Ltd

Role Engineer