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Stage 2B: STEM Learning Hub
Architect: M3 Architecture
Building Company: Stage 2B - Hutchinson Builders
Design Concept Images: STEM Learning Hub, Oxley Street
Designed to inspire and empower generations of young women in North Queensland, the STEM Learning Hub building project will mark the conclusion of Stage 2 of the College's Master Plan. Expertly designed by m3architecture and constructed by well-renowned Hutchinson Builders, construction will begin in April, 2022. The 4-storey STEM Learning Hub building will provide contemporary learning spaces to excite and inspire the STEM leaders of the future.
Design Concept Images: STEM Learning Hub, inner campus
Every aspect of this new integrated learning facility has been meticulously planned by the award-winning team at m3architecture, a company renowned for designing extraordinary and beautifully designed spaces. Using the core tenets of the College’s Master Plan, the design team have drawn inspiration from existing buildings as well as those featured around Townsville. The new structure will be linked to the adjacent academic buildings creating a dynamic physical and aesthetic continuity throughout the campus.
Design Concept Images: STEM Learning Hub, STEM classroom
The ground floor will house Marine Science and Biology laboratories, complete with purpose built aquatic tanks. These popular subjects are enhanced by the College’s enviable location on the stunning Strand waterfront. Physics and technology spaces will run the full length of Level 2, while the top floor will feature Chemistry laboratories and general learning spaces. Technology will allow students to engage in project-based collaboration, research their ideas and design solutions to complex real-world scenarios. Two fully serviced preparation rooms will allow technicians to support integrated STEM instruction. In addition to teaching and learning spaces, the College’s academic hub will relocate to Level 1 to accommodate the fast-growing teaching team. This building will also feature meeting rooms and small tutorial spaces, while an arts courtyard will link the exterior spaces of this new construction to the existing Visual Arts precinct.
Design Concept Images: STEM Learning Hub, Visual Arts precinct
The new STEM Learning Hub will also provide much needed additional classrooms for the College, which has experienced years of significant student growth. The building will deliver 11 teaching and learning spaces to enable the expert teaching team to inspire the students through the delivery of engaging academic programs.
Design Concept Images: STEM Learning Hub, Oxley Street - Campus entry
Richard Foster, a highly experienced Project Manager from RCP, has also been engaged by the College to oversee this construction project, working closely with M3 Architecture and Hutchinson Builders. “Hutchies were enormously proud to introduce the iconic East Precinct Building in 2020 and are looking forward to working with the College again” said Aaron Ohl, Project Director, Hutchinson Builders. “We are thrilled to have reached this exciting stage, breaking ground on the new facility which will create new classrooms, science labs and staff areas. Over the next 12 months, Hutchies, with the help of the college, will also endeavour to promote women in construction, with the hope to lessen the gender gap in the industry.”
Stage 2A: Multipurpose Sports Court Facility
Architect: M3 Architecture
Landscape Architect: Lat27 Architects
Building Company/s: Stage 2A - A. Gabrielli Construction
Stage 2 involved the construction of a new multipurpose Sports Court to support the wide variety of health and fitness programs on offer at our College. Upon completion of the new Sports Court, demolition of the existing Sports Court commenced, and a new construction zone was established along the Oxley Street side of the campus in preparation for Stage 2B.
Design Concept images - Campus interior
Design Concept images - Sport Precinct
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Acknowledgement of Country: We give thanks and respectfully acknowledge the Gurrumbilbarra Wulgurukaba people, the Traditional Custodians of this beautiful country whose land our College shares. We recognise their ongoing deep spiritual connection to this Country, and the care they gave for thousands of years. We also acknowledge the Bindal people as the neighbouring Custodians of their Country. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.