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TCW Continues to support schools in the Solomon Islands

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TCW Continue to support Schools in the Soloman Islands

 

‘We look forward to these kind donations that are continuing to assist our less fortunate schools in the country”. Rubina Samuel, Principal Property Officer, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development

 

 

There was a total of 405 desks, 426 chairs and 24 boxes of stationary distributed to the 16 schools. The furniture was reallocated from TCW’s continuing work with Roseville College in Sydney and also reinforces our priority of keeping products in use rather than going to landfill.

Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, TCW have successfully donated another container of furniture for schools in remote locations in the Solomon Islands including Temotu, Ongton Java, Renbel and Guadalcanal & Malaita inlands. This container, the 4th received from Australia, has supported 16 schools with essential desks and chairs for the children and teachers. TCW’s work with Pacific Assist, a not-for-profit charity serving the nations of the South Pacific, has contributed to their mission of strengthening the educational capacity of disadvantaged communities by providing learning resources, such as books and furniture.

In 2020, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) in the Solomon Islands was given the opportunity to receive donated chairs and desks from schools in Australia as part of the churches mission, most notably in remote provinces like Renbel, Temotu and Choiseul.

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    TCW supports school children in The Solomon Island’s

    TCW supports school children in the solomon island’s

    TCW has been working with a group called Pacific Assist, who are a New Zealand based charity with an Australian arm, not-for-profit charity serving the nations of the South Pacific. Their mission is to strengthen the educational capacity of disadvantaged communities by providing learning resources, such as books and furniture.

    In 2020, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) in the Solomon Islands was given the opportunity to receive donated chairs and desks from schools in Australia as part of the churches mission, most notably in remote provinces like Renbel, Temotu and Choiseul.

     “there has been a shared feel of happiness from these schools”

    Alongside the new works completed at Roseville College in Sydney, TCW has been able to assist in the work of Pacific Assist by donating a 40-foot container filled with school furniture, including 400 student tables and 400 student chairs from the school, as well as facilitating shipping and distribution. It is important to TCW to express that importance of furniture in education spaces, and the team is proud to be able to assist those in need in disadvantaged communities.

     

    The total inventory of the last container TCW shipped to the Solomon Islands was:

    • 370 desks
    • 37 double school desks
    • 379 school chairs
    • 57 school stools
    • 26 boxes of school reading books

     

    MEHRD has commented by saying “there has been a shared feel of happiness from these schools when receiving this furniture and we are grateful for all that is donated to us and the impact it will have in our schools as students use the furniture this year.”



    Capitol Theatre

    Capitol Theatre

    Design Firm: Six Degrees Architects
    Builder: Hutchison Builders

    Originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924, Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre has been reopened by RMIT University.

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          The historic cinema has been repurposed as an education facility for students studying film and digital media, and it will also be used as a public cultural venue.

          Six Degrees Architects and Hutchison Builders completed the multi-million dollar refurbishment, which involved the retention of the iconic geometric ceiling of the cinema and the restoration of the entrance, as well as providing learning spaces for more than 1,000 students, new office and incubation spaces.

          All the ceilings and critical heritage elements are overhead, and all the new work comes up underneath.

          TCW was delighted to participate in a short overview of the exceptional project with ArchiTel TV you can see below. 

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          RMIT GUSS

          RMIT GUSS

          Design Firm: Spowers
          Fit out contractor: Capabuild

          Located in the heart of Melbourne on RMIT’s City campus, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) has been designed to reflect the identity of its occupants. It has created a strong grounding for its identity, seen from the inside and outside world. 

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                 TCW supplied EON sit-to stand workstations, Domino Task chairs and mobile storage units for this project. The EON workstations incorporated natural woodgrain finishes and PET Acoustic panel for the workstation screens and personal privacy dividers. Over 300 EON workstations in various configurations were supplied to accommodate the school’s occupants over two levels.

                Utilising an urban design context as a design narrative was key to unlocking the spatial challenges of a vast and deep floor plan presented to the design. The project involved crafting an authentic space employing natural materials honestly whilst providing spaces of equity and agility delivering a future flexibility.


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                UTS Central

                UTS Central

                Design Firm: FJMT
                Fit out contractor: Richard Crookes Construction

                Located next to the UTS Tower and opposite Central Park on Broadway, UTS Central is a striking, 17-storey, glass-encased building that adds to the architectural diversity of the UTS campus. The building holds a 5 Star Green Star Design and As-Built rating certified by the Green Building Council of Australia.

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                      As well as a vibrant student hub, study areas and Our Faculty of Law space, it will also be home to the new UTS Library and scholarly Reading Room. TCW was proud to supply a range of our agile products that support the cutting-edge facility for education and research, supporting active and collaborative learning.

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                      Deakin University

                      Deakin University Greenwood Park

                      DEAKin University GREENWOOD PARK

                      Design Firm: WMK Melbourne
                      Fit out contractor: Capabuild

                      TCW has specified education furniture for a number of projects for the leading Victorian tertiary institution, Deakin University. For this project TCW worked with WMK Melbourne to deliver on a new workspace to accommodate three faculties relocating from the main Burwood campus located nearby to Greenwood Park.

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                            Deakin University

                            This was a highly collaborative design and construction project, successfully delivered within a tight timeframe and on budget.  The building architecture absorbed the nearby park and carved a series of pathways throughout the space, linking experiences along the way.  

                            We provided a series of furniture that were ideal for flexibility, communal areas that featured modular furniture and collaborative learning. From our ranges we supplied MOX Workstations, Multiway Sit Stand Workstations, Bend Ottomans, I AM Tables and TCW Disc Base Tables.

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                            Taronga Institute of Science & Learning

                            Taronga Institute of Science & Learning

                            Design Firm: NBRS Architecture
                            Building: Taylor Construction

                            As part of Taronga Zoo’s Centenary Revitalisation Plan, The Taronga Institute of Science and Learning (TISL) was created with a vision to reveal innovative concepts for conservation, science and learning.

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                                  To set TISL apart from other science and research institutions, the concept of “the discovery of patterns in nature” was developed as a core design influence. This can be seen from the ‘hive-inspired’ designs in the main foyer to the environmental graphics and details throughout each space. The incorporation of natural materials throughout the design further highlights the harmony between the facility’s visual aesthetic and the surrounding sandstone landscape.

                                  Designed to cater for staff as well as visitors, TISL cleverly integrates animal-friendly zones with educational and community spaces to create an interactive and immersive experience that promotes the “cross-pollination” of ideas across science, education and animal care.

                                  TCW worked with the Builder, Architect and Taronga Zoo to supply a range of furniture to meet the needs of the multi-disciplinary research, teaching, outdoor and breakout spaces across the facility. We provided a diverse collection of furniture, integrating the natural design elements and tones of each area to complement the spatial unity of the Institute and its surroundings.

                                  A great example of this are the Albury and Bronte chairs. Ideal for both breakout areas as well as working and meeting rooms, they are an excellent fit for multi-use spaces. In keeping with the feel of the built environment, we supplied chairs which were upholstered in earthy colours and set on wooden bases. This ensured that they slid comfortably into the visual aesthetic.


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                                  Sydney University

                                  FASS & R.D. Watts – Sydney University

                                  Design Firm: Architectus
                                  Building: FDC Construction and Fitout

                                  TCW worked alongside FDC Building bringing in an array of furniture required for this two building fit out. The new six storey University of Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) building is clad in bronzed glass skin and take on a slight V-shape as it juxtaposes against the 122 year old Heydon-Laurence building and 101 year old R.D. Watt building.

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                                        The 10,046sqm project covered classrooms, staff offices, breakout, canteen zones and collaboration areas. Our operations team had to manage many of the desk configurations around quirks of the building façade, including cutting tops to float around columns. Inclusive in the height-adjustable workstations was cable management, above desk power and monitor arms which all contribute to the ergonomic quality of the zone.

                                        Photography credit to Fretwell Photography.


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                                        Bankstown Library

                                        Bankstown Library

                                        Design Firm: FJMT Bankstown Sydney,

                                        Bankstown’s state-of-the-art Library and Knowledge Centre is the first of it’s kind in the Bankstown community. The facility boasts 5,000sqm of library, community meeting rooms and a 300-seat theatre.

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                                              The screening system of Vital plus from Actiu means that desk space was able to be divided simply and practically for a number of users. The Zuco 4+ coffee table and lounge are frequents in open public spaces due to their comfort, design and upholstery capabilities.





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                                              Charles Perkins Centre

                                              Charles Perkins Centre

                                              Design Firm: FJMT and Building Studio
                                              Sydney University Camperdown

                                              The Charles Perkins Centre aims to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by translating the work of the University of Sydney into real-world solutions. At the heart of the Charles Perkins Centre is a $385 million research and education hub.

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                                                    TCW managed furniture procurement and delivery at the Charles Perkins Centre from 2012 to 2014. We worked closely with both the University and the architects to select products which best fit the brief and exceeded expectations of design, quality of materials and engineering, longevity (10 year warranties), lead time and budget. TCW provided solutions to several key areas: scientific laboratories, learning spaces, breakout areas and cafés.

                                                    Approximately 1500 Dauphin Industry stools were delivered and installed in November 2013. The Dauphin Tec Stools are a niche seating group of chairs specifically designed for activities requiring high levels of concentration and/or cleanliness. Since the completion of the project, Dauphin Industry stools have continued to be specified for other University projects where quality laboratory seating is required.

                                                    TCW delivered and installed 600 tables from ThinkingWorks, which were locally manufactured and finished to the architects’ specifications.

                                                     





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                                                    UTS Insearch

                                                    UTS Insearch

                                                    Design Firm: PTID

                                                    UTS Insearch is the premium pathway providing students to enter the University of Technology (UTS) after graduation in a range of courses. As UTS Insearch continues to grow, TCW, in collaboration with the client and PTID Interiors, has since 2014 become a key resource for furniture.

                                                    New methods of teaching have prompted UTS to establish alternative teaching and learning spaces to deliver their curriculum – larger classrooms, mobile furniture and technology all contribute to this.

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                                                          As TCW has experience in many education spaces, we always looks to provide a furniture solution that goes above and beyond just the ‘need’ but also delights and inspires. Initially we worked in the fit out of several levels at 187 Thomas street, and more recently the Insearch facility on Harris street.

                                                          As you walk in, the lobby breakout space feature is the ‘Signs’ soft seating, an organic benching system that allows for students to utilize the space in a fluid way. Upstairs you find scattered arrangements with the ‘Zebra bicolore’ and ‘Cage’ chairs set into spaces suited to group learning and complementing the feature walls.





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                                                          Abercrombie

                                                          Abercrombie

                                                          Design Firm: Kann Finch

                                                          Fitout Contractor : John Holland

                                                           

                                                          Abercrombie Precinct is a building with almost 60 learning spaces ranging from 8-person seminar rooms to 500 seat lecture theatres, and a significant Faculty and Administration area. The Abercrombie Precinct has enabled the University of Sydney to consolidate all Business School operations into one central location.

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                                                                The building has a gross floor area of approximately 32,000 square metres, spread across seven levels, with lower levels of the building to be occupied by teaching space and at full capacity will accommodate 4,500 students and 490 staff.





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