Ipswich Grammar School
New 3-storey STEM building – built to innovate
For the School, this project was an important investment in preparing students for their technological future. The project, designed by Towill Design Group, consisted of a three-storey extension including a 155-seat auditorium/lecture theatre, purpose-built science laboratories, versatile learning spaces, Autex ceiling panels with visible technology/building services and exterior perforated screens with programmable lighting.
Rohrig was involved early in change management and value engineering, helping Ipswich Grammar School achieve best outcomes, best value and a project that met its budget constraints. Throughout this process, we managed program timelines so the hand-over was complete as scheduled for the start of the 2021 school year.
The screens for the exterior were a unique contemporary design to signal the buildings future-focus. Rohrig was closely involved with the design team, helping ensure their intent was managed in the most effective way. We modified the folds in the perforated metal to conceal a lighting channel and recommended further folds to improve the rigidity.
“It’s a wonderful new building that will help our boys reach their STEM education goals.” Richard Morrison, School Headmaster.
- Completed: 2020
- Construction timeframe: 45 weeks
- Cost range: Under $10 million