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Engineering consultancy services for Community College in Dukhan

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT IS TO PROVIDE A NEW MODERN SCHOOL CAMPUS (INTERNATIONAL QUALITY WITH IGCSE REQUIREMENTS) FOR QATAR PETROLEUM IN DUKHAN. TECHNITAL IS DEVELOPING THE DESIGN FOR THE DCC AND ALL ITS COMPONENTS BASED ON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED, STUDY THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND IMPLICATIONS, RATIONALIZE THE SPATIAL REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO FULLY SATISFY THE INTENDED USAGE OF THE SCHOOL CAMPUS.


Location: Dukhan, Qatar


Client: Qatar Petroleum


Cost of total Works: 100,000,000 €


Period: 03/2008 – 02/2011



Technital is performing all architectural, civil, structural, interior design, internal and external signage, landscaping, irrigation, building services, electrical, telecom, IT / ELV System, life safety and loss prevention design work as part of the SERVICES.

The purpose built DCC will be a result of several design activities applying the most up to date knowledge and technologies with a unique artistic input.
The solution under development has a spectacular curved facade facing the sea with a sinuously curved facade facing the road integrating administration blocks, cafeteria and staff facilities, as a contrast are the angular halls with the potential to have independent entrance. It also features circular theatre, library and art block and a dramatic amphitheatre doubling up as access to the playing fields.
Technital is producing a comprehensive design package for inclusion by QP into a construction tender package. The package is including a construction contract scope of work to completely identify the scope of the construction contract, allowing QP appointed construction contractor to build the fully functional DCC without any need to perform additional design work, except for shop drawings, temporary works.
The Dukhan Community College has been designed starting from a concept of a full accessibility, as the building itself is not expected to be used only for educational purposes, but also for the activities involving the Dukhan Township.
As key principle it was assumed a design which wouldn’t have excluded anybody from the events and the activities that have to take place in the premises of the school.
 
Inclusive design principles
 
‘Inclusive’ design, with attractive, accessible school buildings, can empower children and young people with SEN (special educational needs) and disabilities. Designing for disabled people and children with special educational needs sets out ‘inclusive design principles’ which in this case underpin the project.
Inclusive school design goes beyond a one-size-fits-all model, considering all users and removing barriers that might deny anyone – children, staff or visitors – access to services.
An accessible environment has been designed for the Dukhan Community College: children with SEN and disabilities will take part in school activities alongside their peers. The layout is simple and clear and circulation routes are easily accessible.
The following solutions have been included in the Dukhan Community College to allow an easy access for disabled people and children:
  • Parking: A protected under-ground parking has been designed, provided with adequate number of signposted car stalls for disabled people;
  • Drop-off points for minibuses and coaches have been provided; such facility is intended for all pupils who will be assisted by the staff of the school as soon as they reach the premises of the college;
  • Entrance routes and change of levels in the site of the Dukhan Community College include ramps, and their design minimizes the effect of the gradient; paths are minimum 1800 mm wide, or 1200 mm with passing spaces;
  • Entrances to the building are completely accessible, clearly signposted and well lit, and related doors are automatic
  • All connecting spaces/pathways have dimensions which allow wheelchair users to move
  • Clear and easily readable signage has been designed on purpose
  • Minimum corridor width designed is 1200 mm, with doorset minimum 1000 mm wide.
  • Issues of health & safety, security, and means of escape are all addressed and complying with NFPA 101; items such as fire hosereels and extinguishers are positioned to be clearly visible but not obstruct or create hazards for visually disabled people
  • All stairs are provided with due indicators and handrails
  • As alternative to internal stairs the building has been provided with passenger lifts connecting all the levels; lifts have unobstructed space (1500x1500) at each landing in front of the doors and 1100x1400 within the car
  • Doors have been included only where needed, and they are always easily gripped and operated, clearly visible and contrasted against the background
  • Lavatories for disabled people have been provided (2 every toilet block) allowing the use with or without assistance;
  • Fixed seating are at a height of 400-500 mm and any counter (libraries and school offices) have knee space for wheelchairs users (800 mm)
Enhancing learning
 
In the Dukhan Community College a well designed environment enhances the educational experience of the children. Good design help ensure that teachers and children can communicate clearly.
Furniture, fittings and equipment have been studied and designed to support the particular teaching and learning styles and mobility equipment are easily accessible.