Intelligent building solutions
ARKit’s philosophy is founded on the delivery of intelligent building solutions that minimise impact on the environment.
Established by Craig Chatman, ARKit’s offers an integrated approach to design and construction that considers the life cycle analysis, operational and embodied energy of a building and its components. Through careful consideration of these elements negative impacts on the environment caused by construction can be reduced.
Unwilling for the traditional constraints of prefabrication to limit design, ARKit in conjunction with leading engineer firm GHD, developed a panelised and modular building system enabling the benefits of prefabrication to be applied to any building form or type.
ARKit’s focus is to create beautiful buildings through the seamless integration of architecture and high performance engineering.
The values of collaboration, innovation and quality are central to ARKit’s relationships with its clients and their project requirements.
Design and Build
As an architect led practice, a focus on design is central to everything we do.
We carefully assess and individually approach the design process for each project.
We collaborate with our clients to discover their requirements, analyse the site and develop an optimum design response to the project. Our modular building and panelised construction systems have been developed to allow us to explore endless design possibilities in the application of prefabricated building outcomes.
We value innovation and enjoy working with clients to explore prefabricated applications for a variety of building types.
From our Melbourne based design studio, our in-house design and build team works closely with our clients to individually design and deliver high quality, prefabricated projects. ARKit’s team comprises highly skilled design and building professionals. Key team members include:
• Craig Chatman, Architect
Craig is the Director of ARKit Pty Ltd and Offsite Constructions Pty Ltd and is a registered architect and builder. A keen interest in progressing architectural thinking to include the assembly and construction methodology of buildings resulted in the establishment of ARKit as a prefabricated design build group. Craig has twenty years’ experience in the design and delivery of residential and commercial projects in Australia and overseas.
• Cara Stokes, Project Manager
Cara is an experienced client side project manager with twenty years’ experience in the planning and delivery of private and public sector projects in Australia and overseas. Cara has worked on a range of commercial, government, development, retail, residential, industrial and infrastructure projects.
• Tristan Burfield, Architect
Tristan is an architect with ten years’ experience in the design and documentation of projects ranging from standalone residential projects to large scale commercial developments. Tristan combines a keen eye for design with significant technical knowledge in building construction. Prior to joining ARKit Tristan worked for various Melbourne based architectural and design practices.
• Edin Subasich, Designer
Edin is an experienced architectural designer with specific skills in the areas of residential and commercial construction and interior design. Edin’s professional experience includes design roles at Poliform, Mirvac and Urbis. A keen interest in design education saw Edin fulfil a four year role as a part time lecturer and tutor in communications and technology at RMIT University’s School of Design and Architecture.
• Lucy Allnut, Business Development Manager and Industrial Designer
Lucy is an experienced industrial design and business development manager with key skills across the areas of client liaison and design including new product development. Lucy has fifteen years industry experience which includes sessional lecturing in Industrial Design and Product Design and a PHD in Philosophy that focussed on international markets opportunities for Australian hardwood products.
• James Hutchings, Construction Manager
James is an experienced building supervisor with fifteen years’ experience in residential and commercial construction in Australia and New Zealand. With a high level of attention to detail, James’s project experience ranges from a variety of new build commercial and high end residential projects.
• Ben Carr, Project Coordinator
With qualifications in both design and construction, Ben has a keen appreciation in finishing details and recognises the importance of close subcontractor coordination in the ability to delivery projects to a high standard of finish. Ben’s key areas of responsibility include contract management, estimating and subcontractor coordination.
Innovation is inherent to ARKit’s existence.
We value the skills of invention, engineering, design and imagination and apply these to develop new and emerging applications for prefabrication.
Through our specialist consultancy services we have provided advice to various client organisations to assist with the development and application of prefabrication technologies.
Examples of our research and development activities include:
• Design and development of a new prefabrication construction system specifically intended for remote project applications. Development of this system has seen us critically assess all aspects of construction logistics to streamline the process to better suit an environment where access to labour, materials and equipment comes at a significant premium.
• With environmental engineering by GHD, ARKit’s Eco Studio was Australia’s first carbon neutral prefabricated building.
• Product development for our wall panel system centred on the reuse of waste from the milling process to create an integrated structural and architectural cladding system.
• Delivery of the first prefabricated educational facility for the Victorian Department of Education and Training to be contracted through a design and construct procurement model. A model that has the potential to positively impact the quality of modular education buildings throughout Victoria.
As a founding member of PrefabAus, the peak industry body for prefabrication in Australia, we recognise private sector research and development as key drivers to the advancement of the local industry.
At ARKit, we love wood. Timber is the perfect natural building material. All of our buildings are timber framed and adaptable to a range of internal and external cladding materials.
Timber is a far superior insulator than brick, concrete, aluminium and steel. It is renewable and economical. All of our timber is sourced from either plantation or sustainably managed forests.
For commercial applications timber framing offers the versatility and cost efficiency of lightweight construction. It is adaptable to a range of site conditions through footing systems such screw piles, bored piers and strip footings and can be fire rated for building adjacent existing structures.
Timber has significant less embodied energy than other common building materials.
Our timber wall cladding uses short lengths created as a by-product of machining full length weatherboards, our design for use of these short boards avoids sending offcuts from this process to land fill.
Our buildings are handcrafted from our Melbourne workshop co-located with ARKIt’s design studio.
Each project is supervised by our construction and project managers, individually built by our in-house construction team and delivered in close consultation with our architectural team and client.
Our established workshop combines the best of traditional carpentry techniques with the precision of modern production facilities. Through this approach we are able to exceed site based build quality and construction tolerances.
Through our advanced prefabrication techniques we are able to deliver the following benefits, as compared to traditional site based construction:
Faster construction timeframes
• Offsite construction occurs in parallel with site based building work
• Shorter pre-construction period
• Earlier approvals applications
Better build quality
• Higher construction tolerances
• Factory controlled, secure, weather protected environment
• Architect designed and supervised construction
• Fully customised buildings
Greater project value
• Time, cost and quality control
• Superior environmental outcomes
• High quality construction