Staging / Live Environment
There are multiple considerations when upgrading or expanding existing facilities, as operations need to continue uninterrupted without compromising on safety. Each school is a live environment requiring careful planning. A strategy facilitated by APP defines how students and teachers can safely move around blocked pathways with clear signage, and access temporary facilities while existing ones are under construction. This includes access to services (water, power, plumbing, etc.) while works are taking place.
Decant Strategy and Relocations
Aligned to operating in a live environment, the decant strategy and relocations looks at transferring buildings and people on a temporary basis during the building phase, scoping up what’s involved and meeting a range of functional needs. This includes managing the entire process to minimise disruption (using school holiday periods, for example) and ensuring all parties are aligned – contractors, consultants, builders, etc.
A campus relies on the infrastructure serving the site such as telecommunications, fire systems, electrical, water supply and plumbing. Having detailed information about the building systems and components, and how the infrastructure is managed while works are taking place is an important consideration of the delivery process.
The canteen within a school needs to be registered as a food business with local council, to ensure food premises are operated safely and food is handled appropriately. Scoping the process with local council, and what’s involved is a critical part of the educator and student experience.
Specialist Teaching Spaces
Our current schools include spaces designed for performing arts, STEM, food technology, maker spaces, and to support students with special needs. We have worked with our sophisticated design consultant partners to explore the requirements of each school, communicate change as required, and prioritise spend in a considered way.
Gym buildings (high ball courts) and outdoor courts are long term specialised spaces that contribute to both the school and broader community and have ongoing maintenance considerations. Our experience has built a deep and broad understanding of the factors involved in this such as:
- Selection of playing surface
- Different maintenance regimes (repainting)
- Acoustic characteristics
- Flexibility for other sports
- Spatials for a variety of sports e.g. runoff area around the actual court, line marking
- Slip resistance, ‘spring’ and bounce characteristics