MacKillop buildings receive commendations

St Mary MacKillop College and its architects have received two Commendations at the 2020 ACT Architecture Awards, which were held over live broadcast by the Australian Institute of Architects on Friday 5 June.

MacKillop’s STEM Centre, designed by Thursday Architecture, and the Academic Resource Centre, designed by CCJ Architects, received Commendations in the Educational Architecture category.

The Padua Campus STEM Centre, which was developed over two stages in 2018 and 2019, features two large flexible learning spaces that connect the Science Laboratories, Technology Workshops, Art Rooms, and external courtyards. The construction of the STEM Centre also included refurbishments to the Food and Textiles kitchens and workroom.

The Academic Resource Centre at the St Peter’s Campus was completed in 2019 to provide senior students with additional classrooms, a lecture theatre, private study spaces, meeting rooms, and easy access to key curriculum staff. The College also moved its canteen into the new facility, providing students with a cafeteria space that has indoor and outdoor seating.

These two projects have been part of a carefully-planned building program that has enhanced MacKillop’s outstanding facilities, which include modern classroom blocks, refurbished libraries, new Science Laboratories, and a Trades Training Centre.

The Principal of MacKillop, Mr Michael Lee, said the quality of his school’s facilities are a result of good planning, teacher input, and skilled architects and builders.

“I would like to thank Thursday Architecture and CCJ Architects, as well as the builders, Projex and Manteena, for the work they did in creating these two facilities,” Mr Lee said.

“It has been a source of great satisfaction that teachers at our school provided input in the design and layout of the spaces – the same teachers who are using the spaces to deliver quality teaching and learning to our students.”

Since developing the two learning spaces, MacKillop has again worked with the architects and builders. In Term 3, the College will take possession of a new Administration space at the St Peter’s Campus and the refurbished Padua Campus Theatrette.