Located near Gladstone in Central Queensland, Calliope State High School is a new high school commissioned by the Queensland Department of Education to meet growing demand for secondary education facilities in the region. Prior to the school’s development, the town of Calliope was serviced by only a state primary school, with secondary students travelling into Gladstone to attend school each day.
Stage 1 of the project involved the development of the masterplan for the school by BiscoeWilson Architects and Paynters, followed by detailed design for nine buildings for Year 7-10 students including an administration building, spots facilities, resource centre, multipurpose hall, hospitality block, canteen, science centre and technology centre.
DMA Engineers were engaged to complete all Fire Protection, Hydraulic, Mechanical and Electrical engineering design services for the detailed design of Stage 1.
As sustainability and durability were key desired outcomes of the design for Education Queensland, some of our design features included:
- Hydraulic design work associated with the collection of rainwater in underground tanks to irrigate the ovals and landscaped areas. Overland water flow is captured and treated in bio-retention swales.
- Heat management for the tropical climate made air-conditioning and ventilation design critical.
Calliope State High School Stage 1 was completed ahead of schedule in 2019.
The school was officially opened to Year 7 and 8 students in 2020. The school is forecast to grow by approximately 100 students per year to a total of 800 students in the longer term.
Design Management and Coordination: Paynters
Project Management: Honeywill Consulting
Civil Structural Engineer: Farr Engineers