As part of the Australian Government's Stimulus package BER program St
Monica's primary received a grant to build a new Hall as the existing Hall
was undersized and over 40 years old..The New Hall provides for a Junior
Basketball court , raised stage and backstage storage and dressing rooms, a
small kitchenette and toilets, an after school care office and storage and
the ability to open out to an external paved area for outdoor teaching. The
siting of the Hall also allows the community to easily access the Hall and
its success is confirmed by the large number of after school activities
using the facilities.
Siting of the New Hall caused many problems as the sloping site above the
school was the only available location in a very restricted site. Total
Project Construction were chosen as the Construction Managers and they
worked with the Project Architect Munns Sly Moore to provide a high quality
building under difficult construction circumstances of extremely wet
weather, shortage of materials and contractors and a site surrounded by
school access roads and school students.
Thermal chimneys have been used to provide a natural air convection current
through the hall from the low level , sensor controlled louvres to the roof
mounted chimneys providing cooling to the building via fresh air movement
without using any energy source. Similarly the heating is provided by
efficient gas fired ceiling mounted radiant heaters. These heaters warm the
body of the occupants by radiant beat rather than the energy inefficient
heating of the air.
Features include the exposed steel structure and roof truss, the acoustic
metal ceilings, high impact plywood walls, use of face block work
internally , recycled rubber flooring with a poly urethane coating. All
these robust materials and features were designed to visually enhance the
Hall and provide an aesthetically pleasing yet low maintenance building.
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