St Rita’s College has embarked on the development of a new learning precinct in 2018, which will underpin our unfaltering belief in the transforming power of education and stimulate our learning environment.

The new precinct replaces the Trinity Hall building and one wing of the Kennedy building with arts and general learning facilities that meet today’s education standards and enrich our students’ educational experience and opportunities.

Architecture and Design

St Rita’s College has partnered with m3architecture to bring this project to reality.  The result will be a building featuring elegant finishes that tastefully blends traditional elements of the College’s founding into a contemporary learning, performing and social hub.

Providing a synergy between arts subject areas with an emphasis on Music, the new learning precinct will strengthen the education we provide for the study of performance, multimedia and other disciplines of the creative arts. The building’s functional design will also replace the cumbersome classrooms of the Kennedy building with modern, flexible classrooms that can take advantage of new opportunities for teaching and learning excellence across multiple subject areas.

Environmental and Safety Measures

Construction fencing has been erected to protect students, staff, parents and visitors from the construction area. Scaffolding will be ‘shrink wrapped’ to retain dust. The use of ‘foggers’ – equipment to spray the entire demolition area with water mist to minimise dust – has assisted the reduction of dust. Windows on the Presentation Building have been covered with a temporary film. This film allows light to pass through, but restrict vision into the classrooms.

Construction and Facilities

The project includes:
  • Multi-functional Auditorium
  • Provision of quality, digitally connected classrooms
  • Additional music and drama practice and performance spaces
  • Collaborative work areas
  • A new College Pantry with integrated social spaces
  • Spacious communal areas
  • Refurbishment of the student forecourts with airy places for recreation and sheltered space for quiet study
  • More than 20 new staff car parking bays on campus

This replacement of facilities is the first major construction project the College has undertaken since 2011 and represents a significant advancement to the learning, cultural and social opportunities we provide for the students of St Rita’s.  The new facilities will allow the College to continue to implement effectively a modern, relevant and enjoyable education experience with outcomes that benefit both student and teacher.

Construction Update: Bulletin 3, 16 November 2018

This Bulletin provides a New Learning Centre construction update through to return to school in 2019.

New Learning Precinct

The bulk excavation is very close to completion. Works continue with footings, columns, lift pits and services in preparation for Ground slab pours.

Kennedy Building
There will be no access to the upper level of Kennedy from 30 November 2018.

Works progress for the new Pantry with the floor framing nearing completion. Scaffolding along the western side of Kennedy will be dropped. Work on pavements and in-ground services between Eirene and Kennedy will also commence.

Chapel

Construction of new amenities in the Chapel will commence on 16 November 2018 and be completed for the return of school in 2019.

Environmental and Safety Measures

Dust – with areas of open excavations and some higher winds during the past month, Tomkins have increased the use of water sprinklers and ensured all soil movement trucks have covered loads as they leave the site. Hand held hoses and sprinklers are used on the open areas. The large dust foggers used in demolition phase cannot be used at this stage of the project as they cover a very large area. With many workers of different trades across the site, the moisture factor causes safety issues with power tools and workers.

Sediment and erosion control – the site’s temporary sediment basin and drains have been concreted and will be maintained throughout the construction activities

Regular inspections continue to be held with the Geotechnical engineer to ensure all excavated faces are safe for workers and surrounding building occupants.

There is road surface damage on Stafford Street caused from the heavy trucks turning in and out of site entrance. Brisbane City Council has been advised, as responsibility for repair comes under the Council’s jurisdiction.

Site Crane – no loads are being lifted over buildings. The crane base is fully engineer certified and sits on deep concrete piles.

All staff, students and visitors are requested to follow all WHS directives and site signage issued during the construction period.

Construction Update: Bulletin 2, 20 September 2018

Construction Update: Bulletin 2, 20 September 2018
Architects: m3architecture Builder: Tomkins Expected completion: December 2019

This Bulletin provides an update on the construction process from Saturday 22 September 2018 through to the start of Term 4 on Tuesday 9 October 2018.

No access to Kennedy over Term Break Period

There is no access to Kennedy from Saturday 22 September through to Sunday 7 October inclusive.  If your staff room is located in Kennedy and you require any resources over the Term Break period, please ensure you take them with you when you depart the College on Friday 21 September.  Kennedy will be out of bounds for the Term Break period. There will be no exceptions made.

No access to Stanley Mall/Eirene over Term Break Period

There is no access along Stanley Mall to Eirene during the Term Break period. This is due to construction works for the new Pantry commencing.

No access to College Grounds – Saturday 22 September.

Access to the College Grounds is prohibited this Saturday 22 September due to the Crane Tower being erected. Residents on Enderley Road can expect a small disruption in access to Enderley Road during the early morning and residents have been advised of this.

Works taking place over the Term Break period

The noisy piling work for the construction has been completed. The removal of all rock and soil adjacent to Kennedy will happen during the Term Break. This involves digging down to the level of the newly created back driveway that runs along the Presentation building.

The construction of the new Pantry will also commence over the Term Break and will include works required in Stanley Mall. As such, there will be no access along Stanley Mall to Eirene during Term Break. A reduced access path will be in place once Term 4 commences.  Discussion with the builders has achieved periods of widened access for large school events and ceremonies being held in Eirene during Term 4, such as Graduation Mass.

All staff, students and visitors to the College are requested to follow all WHS directives that are issued during the entire construction period.

If you would like to know more, please contact the College Manager of Community Development, Mrs Anna Roberts on 3862 1615 or at aroberts@stritas.qld.edu.au

Tomkins notification to Enderley Road residents
Construction Update: Bulletin 1, 30 May 2018

Construction Update: Bulletin 1, 30 May 2018
Architects: m3architecture Builder: Tomkins Expected completion: December 2019

Monday 28 May

• Student and Staff access to Trinity and Kennedy buildings ceases.

Wednesday 30 May

• Construction company Head Contractor and Site Supervisor commence duty at St Rita’s.

• Locating of underground services commences.

Friday 1 June

• Removalists on site to pack and transport Trinity and Kennedy equipment into storage.

• Final day of access to the College by students via Stafford Street or Hunter Lane. Student access permitted only from Enderley Road.

Monday 4 June

• Student and visitor access to the College only permitted from Enderley Road from this date forward.

• Construction fencing closes both ends of pathway that runs across the length of the College at the back of the property from Stafford Street to Hunter Lane.

Monday 11 June

• Site Possession takes effect. Installation of site fencing and scaffolding commences along with disengagement of services

to construction area.

• No Parking for staff in Stafford Street or Hunter Lane takes effect. Local resident traffic is not affected.

• Staff access to car parks in the Nagle Building and Eirene accessed from Stafford Street and Hunter Lane respectively, will be maintained during construction.

• A Traffic Warden will manage Stafford Street traffic during the construction period. The commencement date of this Warden will be advised.

Monday 25 June – Monday 16 July

• Demolition of Trinity Hall and Kennedy Wing commences.

• Estimated timing for the demolition is seven (7) weeks.

• Monday 25 June to Monday 16 July inclusive: Large demolition equipment will access the College from Enderley Road. No staff vehicle parking permitted at the front of the Campus – Tennis Court driveway and Stanley Hall front or side.

The College has engaged an agreement with the contractor that limits construction staff parking in Enderley Road and immediately surrounding streets during the build and that offsite parking and transport to and from the College is to be arranged by the contractor for construction staff. Whilst this will be difficult to enforce, the parking situation is to be actively monitored by the Head Contractor.

Tuesday 17 July

• Semester 2/Term 3 commences

• Access for staff to parking in front grounds of College recommences – Tennis Court driveway and Stanley Hall front and side.

• Contractor equipment ceases access from Enderley Road and access from Stafford Street only.

Environmental and Safety Measures

Construction fencing will be erected to protect students, staff, parents and visitors from the construction area. Scaffolding will be ‘shrink wrapped’ to retain dust. The use of ‘foggers’ – equipment to spray the entire demolition area with water mist to minimise dust – will further assist the reduction of dust. Windows on the Presentation Building will be covered with a temporary film. This film will allow light to pass through, but restrict vision into the classrooms.

If you would like to know more, please contact the College Manager of Community Development, Mrs Anna Roberts on 3862 1615 or at aroberts@stritas.qld.edu.au