Building on its commitment to foster a strong foundation in delivering STEM curriculum to produce future innovators and leaders, St Laurence’s College in Brisbane recently opened its new Ian McDonald STEM Building and Sports Centre.
Designed and delivered by architecture firm, Conrad Gargett, the new facilities span across five storeys, linking across the significant level changes of the hilltop, and providing accessibility to the main administrative and cultural hub of the college.
The STEM building incorporates dedicated robotics, engineering and wet science laboratories for student experiments, as well as supporting staff and flexible learning spaces. The laboratories facilitate a seamless transition between different learning modes, from a small group experiment focus through to whole class curriculum delivery.
The entrance level from the main student hub includes glass-box pod spaces to showcase individual student experiments and projects as they develop.
“The Ian McDonald STEM Building and Sports Centre have made a significant difference to our College. These state-of-the-art facilities have seen the development of a renewed focus in the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at St Laurence’s College. The new building has been instrumental in greatly improving the learning outcomes for our students,” said Principal of St Laurence’s College, Chris Leadbetter. “The Sports Centre has seen our sports program go from strength to strength.”
Rebecca Moore, Director at Conrad Gargett, added, “The Ian McDonald STEM Building and adjoining Sports Centre contains dedicated STEM teaching and learning spaces, and competition-level sports facilities. This facility represents an innovative and robust model for the delivery of combined STEM curriculum and sports education in Queensland.”
The sports centre features retractable volleyball nets, the first of their kind in Australia, and court facilities for basketball and badminton on a competition grade sprung timber floor. This is coupled with tiered seating areas and a glass sided spectator bridge, enabling complete visibility across the centre.
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