A stimulating and state-of-the-art learning environment
As the second stage of a large revitalisation project for one of Baldivis’ fastest-growing schools, the distinctive industrial-inspired design and amenities offer an innovative new model for school campuses to follow.
Our engagement in stage two of the College’s expansion included the construction of a new classroom block, two-storey arts and learning centre, physical education learning area, outdoor courts, parking areas and exterior landscaping improvements.
Central to the design is a series of connective spaces that encourage interaction. A focal point for collaboration is a 120m long ‘learning warehouse’, inspired by the classic Australian industrial shed, and constructed as a series of expressed-truss-framed structural bays.
Once the landscape is mature, the college will be defined as a series of interlinking warehouses in an native vegetation forest setting.
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Winner of AIA Architecture Award 2015
Working within the constraints of a busy school environment
Amid the day-to-day operation of the school, it was imperative that we minimised any construction impacts on students and staff, particularly during class hours and peak times. Doing so involved careful and considered planning for traffic management, safety precautions, as well as dust, vibration, and noise suppression.
Scheduling and resource management were set as top priorities to ensure the smooth operation and delivery of the project. The school and its stakeholders were actively involved in the planning and engagement process, whilst being frequently updated throughout the build.
Thanks to opportunities identified for fast-tracked delivery, the College was able to occupy one of the classroom buildings six months earlier than planned.
The team from Cooper & Oxley ran a highly organised construction site and were extremely good at working within and adjacent to an operating school. The team was able to achieve building quality and timely delivery in a balanced and commendable way.
Peter Kernot, Senior Architect, Donaldson + Warn Architects
A ground-breaking and sustainable environment for learning
With automated passive energy systems, sun shading, insulation and water harvesting, the school is highly sustainable, resulting in it being given a 4 Green Star rating.
This highly-awarded project has become a much-loved and respected part of the community, helping to vastly improve its infrastructure, facilities and capacity for staff and students. The College is now well-positioned to achieve its vision of becoming a vibrant learning hub for the local community.