Towill Design Group delivered the environmentally sound building design. Left Louise Booth, right Rachel Towill
Hoop Pine plywood panels, which also serve effectively to attenuate the roar of a Brisbane downpour on the roof. In place of a conventional central air conditioning system with attendant high power bills, the internal temperature of the building is maintained at a comfortable level through
ultra efficient insulation in the roof and exterior walls, the cooling effect of the floor slab and a sophisticated building management system (BMS) which controls windows, louvers and air conditioning via a weather station. Large, slowly turning overhead fans and open windows are generally sufficient to keep students
and teachers comfortable before the day warms up. When the BMS detects that the internal room temperature has reached 26°C, the windows close automatically and the central air conditioning system switches on. The BMS also collects data for water and energy usage and can be used as a learning tool in science and environmental studies.
St Paul’s School creates its own story
t Paul’s School in Bald Hills, 16 km north of Brisbane’s CBD, sprawls across a 50-hectare campus bounded to the west by the South Pine River, which floods periodically to irrigate the school’s sports ovals and koala habitat bushland but doesn’t come close to the school buildings on the eastern side of the site, The school’s ICSEA profile – 60 per cent in the top quartile and 32 per cent in the upper middle reflect the suburb’s solidly middle class ‘married with kids’ status (the median/ average age being two years younger than the national average). Founded as a school for boys in 1961 by the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, the school became a co-ed in 1993. Current enrolment is 1500, including 22 three-year-olds in the early learning centre and 36 overseas students in the International Students’ Program. Headmaster Paul Browning emphasises the school’s ‘Create Your Own Story’ philosophy, which, through the academic program and a wide range of extra curricular options, aims to encourage students “…to
explore who they are, find their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.” St Paul’s is one of 14 Australian schools in the 100 + member Round Square Group, a worldwide association of schools that “share a commitment beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility through service, international understanding, challenge, adventure, democracy, and environmental stewardship.” Every year Round Square organises at least 10 Round Square International Service (RSIS)
Projects. These bring students and teachers from member schools together to work as an international team, to help communities. A school principal for 14 years, Browning was the founding principal of the Burgmann Anglican School in Canberra where he navigated the school’s development from a green fields site through design and construct, fit out, and staff recruitment to student enrolment. His project management experience gained while working and teaching in Canberra has been valuable at St Paul’s too, where $3 million in BER funding was used to extend the library and build two new classrooms, and $5.2 million on the construction and fit out of the Sutton Senior School Building. The Sutton Building was designed and project managed by Brisbane-based Towill Design Group. While employed in Canberra with award winning architects Collard Clarke Jackson, Principal Architect Rachel Towill worked with Paul Browning on the Burgmann Anglican School development.
Education Today – Term 4 2012