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St Monica's Primary School, Evatt - New Hall

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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