Mt Maria College Stage 7
Since 2006, Mt Maria College (a Brisbane Catholic Education secondary college in the Marist tradition) has been working towards combining two formerly independent colleges on different sites into a single organisation on one campus – an action necessary for the sustainability of the college.
Following work in 2009 on a consolidated Master Plan for the selected Mitchelton site, Fulton Trotter Architects have worked collaboratively with the College to provide multiple new teaching facilities as well defined precincts for middle years and senior years students. Previously completed stages include a new multistorey senior learning facility – the Marcellin Champagnat Building, the refurbishment of the existing heritage listed Rose Pelletier Building which was a former Home for Wayward Girls into the library and administration spaces, a new canteen and hospitality building, the first stage of the Middle Years precinct – the St Benedict Building and multiple other alterations and additions to the campus.
Recently we celebrated the completion of Stage 7 of the Master Plan, which involved the design of a brand new Performing Arts Building and Covered Multi-Purpose Court.
Performing Arts Building
The new Performing Arts Building houses Mt Maria College’s Music, Dance and Drama departments over the 2 storey building. The building includes 3 specialist classrooms, 4 Music Practice Rooms, Store Rooms for each specialist space and 5 General Learning Spaces. Black and white cladding is used across the roof and walls creating a piano key pattern. The unique design distinguishes the building from others and informs visitors to the campus of the space’s usage.
Covered Multi-Purpose Court
The new Covered Multi-Purpose Court provides the students with an all-weather location to undertake their Health and Physical Education classes. The main covered space is designed for Basketball, Netball and Volleyball activities and the facility also includes change, shower and toilet amenities as well as equipment storage. The buildings’ walls are clad with translucent sheeting to the East and West which fills the space with natural, filtered light and decreases the reliance on artificial lighting.
Both projects were funded by Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) under its annual capital works funding program and built under the Block Grant Authority (BGA) Guidelines.
Fulton Trotter Architects are proud to have successfully delivered these specialist learning areas on time and within a modest budget. The new facilities offer many flexible spaces that will provide students with more opportunities for collaborative learning as well as encourage community involvement. We look forward to continuing our valued relationship with Mt Maria College with Stage 8 of the Master Plan currently in the Concept Design phase.