Woongoolba State School
Resource Centre and Covered Area
Buildplan were engaged by the Queensland Department of Education to undertake the design and construction of a new Resource Centre and separate Covered Area at Woongoolba State School as part of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution Program.
Completed in Dec 2009, the 420m2 Resource Centre and associated Science and Technology area includes a range of alternative, flexible and collaborative learning spaces including heavily vegetated individual outdoor leaning areas adjacent to the main library and science functions.
The completed project includes simple sustainable design principles such as building orientation, internal designs to maximise cross flow ventilation, motion sensor lighting controls and solar energy generation. Also, due to the remoteness of the school, all roof water is captured, treated and stored for reuse in drinking fountains and toilet facilities making each building and surrounding landscaping areas totally self sufficient.
The construction of the Covered Area provided a much needed all weather area for school assemblies and functions. Constructed in the centre of the school this provided additional challenges for the construction team such as detailed works programs, and traffic management as well as management of student and staff access and egress
Also the design of both buildings was required to be sympathetic to the surrounding historically listed structures, in particular the 225m2 Covered Area which was situated in a quadrangle surrounded by the school’s original teaching building.