St Edmund’s College, Wahroonga – Campus Transformation

5 June 2024

Rohrig is proud to have completed a major refurbishment of St Edmund’s College in Wahroonga, New South Wales, with around 90 per cent of the campus overhauled across the three-stage project.

St Edmund’s College has been transforming the lives of additional needs students since 1951, when it was established by the Christian Brothers following an invitation from the Archbishop of Sydney and the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Originally, the College operated out of a converted two-story home, catering to the needs of blind boys. Over the years the college’s enrolment broadened to include both boys and girls with a range of sensory impairments and intellectual disabilities.

This project offers upgraded facilities for students and educators, taking the specialist college into the future as it continues to provide additional needs children with a rich and rewarding education.

Glendenning Szoboszlay Architects designed the upgraded facilities, while project managers Midson Group oversaw the works, elevating the college with a mix of modern materials, timeless styling and high-end workmanship.

We completed this inspiring project across three stages, first demolishing an existing building to make room for a new library with administration and general learning area (GLA) facilities, as well as a porte cochere for student drop-offs and pick-ups.

Next we constructed a new car park, sports field, basketball court, student hall, and learning areas that will be used for science, music and art education. We also connected the college to an existing stormwater system across the road, requiring us to bore a total of 107 metres, which was done between the first two stages of construction.

Finally, we renovated the stunning heritage-listed Midhope building for use as an administration building, returning the federation mansion where the school first started to its former glory.

“This project is one that is close to our hearts as a specialist school that has set so many children up for success,” said Rohrig Project Manager, Kyle Da Silva.

“We are leaders in education for a reason, making sure the schooling of students is uninterrupted during upgrades like this one.”

We worked alongside the college to stage handovers of learning areas upon completion, minimising disruption to students and educators, while also establishing dedicated pickup and dropoff areas throughout the upgrades.

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