Property and Infrastructure Specialists

APP delivers new purpose-built facility for students with disabilities

APP was engaged in 2017 to assist St Lucy’s School, Wahroonga to develop a strategy for planning and delivering the design and construction of a new, purpose-built facility.
APP delivers new purpose-built facility for students with disabilities

The scope of work included demolition of existing residential dwellings, basement carpark construction and construction of a 2-storey general learning block with complementary learning spaces designed to cater for students with both physical and intellectual disabilities. 

Technology was a key component in the new design to better support the growing and specific requirements of the students and teachers. Together with St Lucy’s staff and occupational therapists, several unique design elements were incorporated into the project including:

  • Textured finishes to walls and floors to assist students with sensory development and way finding;
  • Kitchen facilities and communal areas to allow students to develop life skills;
  • Robust finishes to provide a safe environment for students;
  • Hearing augmentation in all learning spaces to allow inclusion for students with cochlear implants and hearing impairments;
  • Digital technology with touch recognition for student engagement in the educational delivery;
  • Complementary learning spaces to assist with focused learning or self-regulation; 
  • Large elevator to assist in the ease of vertical transport for students in wheelchairs or students with a disability;
  • Large accessible bathrooms including hoists, change tables and shower facilities.

The project represents a significant investment into the school community for the students, staff, and parents partnered with St Lucy’s. Led by Kyle Watson, APP Project Director, Jonathon Shaw, APP Assistant Project Manager, the St Lucy’s School project team includes, Stanton Dahl Architects, Arrow Consulting for services, Calibre Consulting for structural/civil, Site Image for landscaping, DFP for planning, and Construction by Marc Morabito Constructions.

Students have started using the state-of-the-art and purpose-built facilities, which have been very well received. The feedback can best be summed up by one student who walked into the classroom and gazed up and said: ‘Wow!’