SAE Institute Perth

The complete construction and fitout of SAE Institute’s new facility on Roe Street, Northbridge was completed to an outstanding standard in an extremely narrow timeframe of just 8 weeks. 

SAE is a leading educator in animation, audio, design, film and web & mobile attracting students from around world to study a range of higher education courses. Swan Group was tasked with the challenge to transform 116/120 Roe Street into a state-of-the-art facility to expand the Institute’s existing facilities by 70%. The building had once been home to an ice cream factory but remained unused and derelict in recent years. 

A considerable amount of construction works went into the space prior to the final fitout to create the numerous recording studios, control rooms, computer labs and lecture theatres all with full acoustic protection. Features of the project include: 

  • Acoustically sealed recording studios and editing suites make up the central core of the building as well as a cyclorama room for filming; 
  • All rooms are built around the base building structure without touching at any point to maintain acoustic separation; 
  • The new lecture theatre holds air conditioning plant under the sloping floor with floor vents feeding the room from below. 

The ultimate challenge on the project was achieving the extremely high standards of quality in a demanding timeframe ahead of the start of the new academic year in September. Our subcontractors performed well under tight management from the project team consisting of Luke Sims (Project Manager) Simone Permain (Contract Administrator) and Mitchell James & Jason Whelan (Site Supervisors). 

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