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Suzanne Cory High School

Suzanne Cory High School is a new select entry school for students in the western suburbs. The school is unique in that it is one of the first 5 Green Star high schools in Victoria.

Quick Facts

Project Type Education, Green, Community and Civic
Project Materials Concrete, Steel, Timber, Green / Sustainable
Construction Budget $23 million
Project Size Large
Completed Project Yes
Completion Date 2011

Map Location

Werribee, Victoria

Project Team

Client Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria)
Builder Watpac
Architect Brand Architects

Project Description

MacLeod Consulting provided full structural engineering consulting services for Suzanne Cory High School - a new select entry school for students in the western suburbs. The school buildings consist of a separate gymnasium and a large part two storey building (5250 square metre Ground Floor; 2500 square metre First Floor) which houses all learning and administration areas, an auditorium and an agora.

The school is unique in that it is one of the first 5 Green Star high schools in Victoria. This rating was achieved through the use of green materials such as sustainable timber, industrial waste in place of portland cement in concrete mixes, low-volatile organic compound paints, and a requirement that 80% of all construction waste be re-used or recycled. An innovative feature of the project is an underground air conditioning system using a long path network of precast concrete tunnels to extract air, and reduce the air temperature before re-circulating it through the building.

The main building consists of a timber truss roof with minimal steel, steel fascia trusses, steel auditorium roof framings and steel trussed agora roof with ETFE pillows. Through coordination with the builder, the construction efficiency of the build was maximised by changing the ground floor slabs to suspended concrete flat slabs on timber piles and the first floor slab to post tensioned in-situ slabs. The first floor slab is supported by a mixture of precast concrete columns and panels, and reinforced block walls.