With significant growth predicted in the near future for Chancellor State College, the Queensland Department of Education commissioned the development of two new state of the art multi-story learning centres for the college, to be opened in 2020.
The first of the adaptable learning centre buildings serves the primary school and consists of eight new general learning areas linked by an enclosed verandah, which doubles as a multi-use collaborative leaning space.
According to the Architects Fulton Trotter “the design of the new learning centre at the Primary Campus reinterprets the traditional ‘classroom and verandah’ model to ‘turn the building inside out’ and use the verandah area as indoor collaborative spaces, providing students and teachers the freedom to respond to the level of collaboration required for activities”.
The larger secondary school learning centre building spans over three storeys and includes 18 general learning areas, three flexible learning spaces and two science labs, all linked by a central atrium.
Working with the Principal Consultant Fulton Trotter Architects, DMA Engineers were engaged to carry out the full mechanical, electrical, and vertical transportation services design and construction administration for the primary school facility. In addition, we were also engaged to produce a mechanical, electrical and vertical transportation D&C documentation package for the secondary school learning centre.
The project incorporated a number of innovative fire engineering solutions, delivered by our fire safety team. Starting from the concept design stage, right through to the acceptance of the final fire engineering report, the fire safety team was able to preserve the architectural vision whilst ensuring enhanced life safety of all building occupants.
In 2020, the Chancellor State College Learning Centres won the Master Builders Queensland Award for the Best Education Facility over $10m on the Sunshine Coast.