The Client and the scope
A sub contractor who was working on a new day care centre in Mooloolaba approached us; they had come up with a problem and needed an innovative solution.
Evolution Early Learning is a modern facility based in Mooloolaba, it is a new build kitted out with age specific designated play and learning areas for children aged 6weeks to 5 years. The Facility has an abundance of shaded outdoor space and architectural designed play scapes, as well as carefully designed and planned indoor spaces that let in natural light and shade it away when it is sleeping time too.
The exterior shutters were the part of the project that we became involved with due to an architectural problem.
The Problem - Exterior Shutter Parts
The extrusion used in the shutters was not an articulated shutter system, it was one that was meant for fixed screens and so the shutters would not work. They needed specific parts to make them work but another part of the problem was that the lead-time on ‘stock parts’ was far too long, so a local solution was needed.
We were called upon to help find a solution to the issue. We attended the site, assessed the problem and worked with the Subcontractor and architect to re imagine the end result.
It ended up with The Sunshine Coast Maker Space machining the specific parts required to make the shutters operate.
To complete this project The Maker Space machined over 1100 parts in a very short space of time to ensure the Day Care Centre opened on schedule.
We did think about 3D printing some of the parts, but opted to machine the parts instead, which ensured a higher quality finish and it was far quicker too.
What the client thought
The sub contractor on site was very happy with the end result and the fact that the exterior shutters were operational before final handover.