Learning Hub Fly Through
From the Principal – Mr John Finneran
It is with much excitement that I announce to our Newman College community the approval to commence a major Capital Development Project in Term 4 2019. The Learning Hub Project will see the oldest buildings at the Marcellin Campus, Blocks C and W, redeveloped. The Learning Hub is the culmination of a planning process which commenced in 2016 with the commissioning of our Capital Development Plan.
There has been extensive planning over the last three years which has included an Educational Brief that was developed after the 2016-2017 community consultation of staff, students and families. This Brief and subsequent Design reflects our Vision for Learning Shine through Discovery – Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16) which animates our learning community to Challenge, Collaborate, Create and Celebrate who we are and what we seek to achieve. The new Learning Hub will encourage agility, movement and flexible learning environments to support a range of formal and informal learning activities, and provide opportunities for connections between the year groups, staff and the broader community. The Learning Hub will be a resource for children in Years 3 – 12 to enjoy. In particular, it will provide flexible learning spaces, break out areas, presentation zones and library resources that will service this broader student cohort.
The Learning Hub will provide a focus for the College by joining several existing buildings in both function and circulation. The spaces will provide opportunities for informal gathering of students, connection and movement to the forecourt and Chapel for large gatherings, space for informal learning and technology resources, as well as direct pathway system to Lavalla via a new bridge. The grand stair from Founders Court into the Learning Hub will allow for students to access the Learning Hub from both sides.
The Learning Hub incorporates:
- A space inside C Block with a library and quiet meeting areas
- A new atrium over Marist Court
- Senior study areas, group meeting spaces and upgraded toilets under W Block
- Extension and refurbishment of classrooms in C Block on the upper floors
- A bridge connecting C Block and W Block
- A roof will cover the entirety of Marist Court
This web page is intended to provide full details of the Learning Hub Project and the operational imperatives of the College. Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to the build. If you do not find what you are looking for, there is a form below that can be completed to seek the information you require. Furthermore, a community forum will be hosted in late May, at which time representatives of the Project Team will be able to address the significant build process, timelines and associated impact across the College.
We look forward to providing you with further information via this web page as the project progresses.
JOHN FINNERAN, PRINCIPAL
The Learning Hub development program will be communicated via this web page. Please check back here for any updates and schedule changes*.
- June / July 2019 tender process commences (completed)
- July 2019, bump out of existing C and W block classrooms (completed)
- July / August 2019, final negotiation of tenders (completed)
- August / September 2019, award contracts (completed)
- December 2019, commence construction (completed)
- December 2020, complete structural build (completed)
- January 2021, installation of furniture (completed)
- January 2021, commission the Learning Hub
*Schedule is based on a proposed time frame and is ‘subject to change’ at the project managers discretion
Frequently Asked Questions
- Learning Hub use
The Learning Hub is designed to cater to our student population from Years 3 – 12. It includes use by students at Lavalla who will be able to connect to the Learning Hub via a bridge being installed over the drain, adjacent to the main Lavalla courtyard. This will connect Lavalla and Marcellin campuses.
A library section will be dedicated to books for Lavalla students. Flexible learning spaces along with presentation, STEM and MakerSpaces will be used by both Lavalla and Marcellin campus students.
- Trees and landscape
Provisions have been made for the protection of the large Gum Tree in the Founders Court. This will include the expansion of the landscaped area to the South and into the current bitumen round-about. The landscaping of the current Founder Court will include the creation of a native reconciliation garden, to honour the historical connection to land on this site.
All major trees along Tuscany Way will be preserved.
- Temporary classrooms
During the build process, classrooms in C and W Block will be unavailable. Through careful timetabling of classes, no demountable classrooms will be required. Several flexible working classrooms at Lavalla will be used to offset scheduling conflicts, with usage of these areas limited to Y7 classes where possible.
- Lavalla / Marcellin bridge
To improve access between Lavalla and Marcellin campuses during the development, a bridge has been constructed connecting Lavalla and Marcellin campuses. This is positioned adjacent to the back of the auditorium, roughly parallel with the position of the goal posts on the main oval.
The bridge will serve as a permanent connection between Lavalla and Marcellin campus, allowing direct access to the Learning Hub for Y3-Y6 students.
- Temporary toilets
Additional toilet facilities will be secured for students during the development process.
- Evacuation procedures
Evacuation plans and procedures have been updated to account for the changes in access and student movement during the build process. The College will provide updated plans and procedure to all staff who are responsible for coordinating students in the event of an evacuation. The College conducts regular evacuation exercises to ensure an understanding of the procedure by all staff and students. Upcoming evacuation exercises will be undertaken with the development program in mind.
- Education Support Centre
Like other classrooms within W Block, there will be a need to relocate activities from the Education Support Centre to other areas of the College during periods of disruption. The College will make use of a number of accessible and flexible learning areas to accommodate the teaching and learning activities of the Education Support Centre.
Proximity to appropriate toilet facilities and specific services has been considered in the location of this alternative learning areas.
The Education Support Centre will be rebuilt in W Block during the development program.
- College access and student movement
There will be minimal change to current access points of the College. Entries 1 and 3 along Tuscany Way will remain open to students during drop off and pick up times.
There will be no access to the development site for any students during the build process. Student movement between classes will be restricted to designated paths that do not interact with the development site. This will be clearly communicated with students, with maps provides where appropriate.
Evacuation plans will take into account these changed movements channels.
- Noise and disruption
The development area will be completely vacated of students. This has been done to ensure the impact of noise and construction processes on learning are minimised. All efforts will be made to conduct activities with the greatest impacts outside of school hours, in particular holiday periods.
Teachers will be briefed on appropriate processes to mitigate any disruptions. We do not expect any direct impact on teaching and learning as a result of increased noise. A noise plan is a requirement of the building contractor and will be vetted and approved by the College.
Bell times may be altered from time to time to allow for a more even flow of students around the designated paths and access to lockers.
Construction activity will not be conducted during the evening.
- Safety and security
A perimeter fence will be erected around the development site. This will include lockable gates and evacuation points for workers. A site office will provide secure access to workers and contractors involved in the development.
The College maintains a 24hr security presence which will remain in place during the development program.
- Contractors on site
The site will be secured by the site manager. No contractors or workers will have access to the operational areas of the College. Should any contractors or workers require access to the operational areas of the College, the standard Newman College compliance checks and sign in process will be required to be completed with any contracted personnel to be escorted by Newman College staff.
Contractors and workers will access the site via an exclusive entry located adjacent to Car park 1. The site manager will maintain a registry of workers and contractors who are active on the site at any given time.
All sub-contractors will be inducted into the Head Contractor’s OH&S system, which will include specific requirements of the College.
Car park 1 will be designated for site contractors and workers. This will limit the parking bays available to families, staff and visitors during the development program. This car park is being utilised by contractors to minimise possible disruptions along Tuscany Way to local residents, buses, and families at drop off and pick up times. All other College car parks will remain open and available.
Access across this car park and the service road to C/W Blocks will be closed to students during the day, except for designated ingress and egress times and the beginning and conclusion of the school day.
- Canteen and uniform shop access
The Canteen and Uniform Shop will remain open and accessible throughout the development process.
- Asbestos presence
The College has commissioned a full report across all campuses regarding the presence of asbestos.
Asbestos affected areas will be managed in accordance with Health Department regulations and guidelines. Any friable asbestos will be removed within a sealed and contained environment, with removal by qualified specialists.
- Elevator access
The College elevator will be accessible during the majority of the program, but will close for specified periods during works within the adjacent stairwell.
- Proposed timeframe
During the mid year holidays, C and W Blocks will be vacated in order to commence the development program. Activity on the site is expected to commence 1 December and will be completed towards the end of 2020.
It is expected that furniture will be delivered and fitted during the 2020 summer holidays, with commissioning of the Learning Hub to take place in January 2021 ahead of the school year.
This gallery will be updated with live photos on an ad-hock basis throughout the build process.