Since being appointed by the Western Cape Department of Transport & Public Works in 2012 to provide civil and structural engineering services for schools being upgraded under the Department of Basic Education’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI), WorleyParsons, an EPCM business, is working on several school projects in the province.
ASIDI is a programme to implement basic safety norms and standards at South African schools currently operating with inappropriate infrastructure. In most instances, the old structures were built from wooden or prefabricated materials (and in many cases containing asbestos). Schools like these are being upgraded with new brick and mortar structures and in most cases, an entirely new school is being built on the existing property. The programme is transforming these schools into appropriate learning facilities with proper classrooms, including specialist classrooms such as multimedia centres, workshops, computer rooms and science laboratories, as well as basic services that include water, sanitation, electricity and storm water management.
“It has been gratifying to be repeatedly engaged by theDepartment of Transport & Public Works as a professional service provider to supply civil and structural engineering services for these projects,” says WorleyParsons’ Manager of Engineering: Cape Town Region, Ashley September. “Beyond being recognition of the quality of our engineering capabilities, this is also an acknowledgement that we are a company capable of meeting the extremely tight deadlines associated with the ASIDI initiative.”
WorleyParsons’ involvement in the ASIDI programme began in 2012 and includes Kensington high school; Portia primary school in Landsdowne, Heideveld secondary school, Du Noon primary school and Vooruitsig primary school in Darling.
It has also been appointed by the Department of Transport & Public Works to supply civil and structural engineering services on several other school improvement projects outside of the ASIDI programme. These include Swellendam primary school, Bonnievale primary school, Khanya primary school in Phillipi and Louwville high school in Vredenburg. The Bonnievale primary school upgrade is the only one among these schools aimed at achieving a 5-Star Green Star rating. Although green initiatives are applied to all the schools, the Bonnievale primary school upgrade is aimed at making it the first school to achieve an auditable 5-Star Green Star rating. Special green initiatives from a civil and structural engineering perspective include the re-use of effluent generated by the school and from neighbouring residential properties, the use of permeable paving and the reduction of the cement content in concrete mixes.
All the schools undergoing improvements have remained active during the upgrades, frequently requiring the establishment of temporary classrooms and strictly controlled construction schedules.
“At present we’re committed to the Department of Transport and Public Works for another 18 months to complete the current schools projects,” says September. “WorleyParsons is proud to be part of government’s initiative to provide access to good education at these previously disadvantaged schools and areas. We’ve been able to add value via our professional input on each of these projects by ensuring optimised, innovative designs and by providing our client with the best possible benefit/cost ratio.”
WorleyParsons Limited is a major international provider of project delivery and consulting services to the resources and energy sectors and complex process industries. With headquarters in Australia and a global presence, its services cover the full asset spectrum both in size and lifecycle, from the creation of new assets to services that sustain and enhance operating assets. WorleyParsons’ comprehensive global network services customers’ individual requirements by delivering a complete offering, from small studies through to mega-projects.