THE upgrade of Dominic College’s facilities has accelerated with a significant redevelopment of the school’s oldest classrooms – the Bosco rooms in the Boys’ Town building – on track to be ready for students when they return for term one.
The upgrades are thanks to a 2014 Federal Government Grant that was awarded to Dominic College by the Capital Projects Committee.
The redevelopment also includes the renovation of the Siena and Bosco toilets and the installation of a new covered walkway to link the Bosco House corridor to the Guzman House corridor.
Dominic College business manager Dylan Chivers said the refurbishment of the Bosco House classrooms would deliver more contemporary 21st century learning spaces with larger glazed doors, improved windows and glazed partitions separating classrooms.
“The learning spaces have been opened up to accommodate larger collaborative group work, team teaching and community gatherings with upgraded heating and lighting, as well as new furnishings,” he said.
Mr Chivers said the covered walkway would create a “plaza feel” to the grassed area outside the Siena House classrooms.
“It will improve the connections across house areas and will increase the covered areas students can use during lunch and recess, as well as significantly upgrading access,” he said.
“Maverick Builders has been working extremely hard to complete this project on time, while ensuring the highest level of student safety is maintained.”
Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said architect and old scholar Elvio Brianese and his team at Liminal Architecture understood the requirement to provide very contemporary learning spaces without compromising the historical fabric of the significant foundation building.
“While keeping the heritage of our Boys’ Town building intact we have been able to bring the oldest of our classrooms into the 21st century so that students have the environment needed to support their learning,” she said.