Christmas Greetings from Russell & Yelland

2019 PROJECT ROUND-UP
We handed over the new double court gymnasium  at Cabra Dominican College this month, marking an energising year for Russell & Yelland. Further work is planned for the College, which we’ll kick off in the first half of 2020.

Residents are enjoying the festive season in the new main wing of the Copperhouse Court Nursing Home at Whyalla. The remaining works are due for completion early in the New Year. The new Senior Students’ Centre at St Joseph’s School, Port Lincoln  is nearing completion, too, along with Concordia’s Murtoa extension for additional Year 7 classes.

The final quarter of 2019 was a busy one for new projects, with three school redevelopments at Port Lincoln, Underdale and Seaford all commenced for the Department for Education.

The 6-chair Renal Unit at Mt Gambier is now complete, and the Whyalla Hospital 9-chair Renal Unit will commence construction in the near future. Various planning studies expanded our health facilities expertise this year.

 

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION
We were thrilled to be recognised with the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture for Cabra Dominican College’s Therese Sweeney Music Centre at the 2019 SA Architecture Awards . The project also received a commendation at the Learning Environments Australasia SA/NT Chapter Awards, while the Caritas Building at Nazareth Catholic College was the winner of the New Facility over $8m category and Brompton Primary School’s STEM facility received the Award for an Innovative Educational Initiative.

RUSSELL & YELLAND FAMILY NEWS
This year we farewelled Anthea and Judith and welcomed back Scott (after a short break) and Aphrodite (after some years!) We also welcomed Georgie as a member of staff after a brief student internship. Evelyn Adelaide Harbison, daughter of Will and Kimberley, was welcomed as the newest addition to our growing collection of under-10s.

As is custom, we have made a Christmas donation to the Australian Refugee Association in lieu of sending cards. We wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday with your loved ones.

Our office will be closed from noon on Friday 20th December and will reopen on Monday 6th January. For urgent matters, John Held will be contactable on 0417 840 337 over the break.

 

Discovering Mary Colter

On our recent US road trip we arrived at the Grand Canyon, as you do, to see the wonders of nature. What surprised us was there was one person celebrated by plaques, books, tour guides and even the railways – Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (1869-1958). She was the architect of a number of the buildings at the South Rim, as well as many railway hotels in the South-West.

Growing up in St Paul, Minnesota, Mary studied art and architecture at the California School of Design and undertook an apprenticeship in a local architect’s office. Returning to St Paul, she taught drawing and architecture until offered a job with Fred Harvey.  Fred had developed restaurants and hotels to cater for the rapidly expanding railway network in the South-West, and from his interest in regional Indian Arts and Crafts he established a number of gift shops selling this art.

Mary Coulter was employed by the Fred Harvey Company in 1902 as he needed “a decorator who knew Indian things and was creative” – the beginning of a forty year association with the company.

Hopi House
Hopi House

Her first work at the Grand Canyon was Hopi House (1905), a centre for Indian Arts and Crafts. Rather than a generic shop, she designed a building based on the Hopi dwellings at Oraibi, on the Third Mesa of the Hopi Nation. The craftspeople lived in the top floor.

Her love of Indian art started in childhood, and shows in all her works. Having stayed at the Hopi Nation and seen Oraibi (a village dating from the 1100s and the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the US) she designed a fitting tribute to the indigenous architecture of the region.

Hermit’s Rest
  • Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon - Mary Colter
  • Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon - Mary Colter
  • Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon - Mary Colter
  • Fireplace Detail, Hermit's Rest - Mary Colter

Her next building at the Grand Canyon was Hermit’s rest, the end of the south rim trail and terminus for the stagecoach tour. Built in 1914, it grows out of the hillside with lovely details like the stone and timber verandah supports. The fireplace occupies the whole back wall and came complete with soot, dust and artfully placed cobwebs as part of the design.

The Lookout Studio
  • Lookout Studio, Grand Canyon - Mary Colter
  • Lookout Studio, Grand Canyon - Mary Colter

Up early to watch sunrise over the Grand Canyon, I noticed a small building on a rocky outcrop on the canyon rim. It seemed to grow out of the rock, and I assumed it was of fairly recent construction. It was in fact another Mary Colter building from 1914, the Lookout Studio, built the same year as Hermit’s rest and almost timeless in its design and detailing.

The Desert Tower
  • Desert Tower, Grand Canyon - Mary Colter
  • Hopi Paintings inside the Desert Tower

Twenty-five miles to the east, at the entry to the Park, stands the Indian Watchtower at Desert View. Before commencing the design she chartered a small plane, locating and then spending six months visiting numerous prehistoric towers built by the Pueblo Indians.  She built a wooden watchtower at the site the same height as the proposed tower to check the views, and the building was constructed with a steel frame covered with local stone painstakingly selected and laid so no cut were visible. Decorated internally with Hopi artwork painted by young Hopi Artist Fred Kabotie, it is a fitting introduction for visitors to the Canyon.

Bright Angel Lodge
  • Bright Angel Lodge
  • Strata Fireplace, Bright Angel Lodge

On the completion of the Desert Tower Mary commenced work on the Bright Angel Lodge to provide more economical accommodation at the Canyon. Mary designed a stone and log-cabin style building whose central feature was a large fireplace made from the various strata of stone from the canyon arranged in the correct order of the various strata from the canyon river floor to the rim.

Mary’s involvement in her projects included every detail from fittings, furniture and lights through to the crockery and cutlery. Her vision and perfectionism is evident in all her work, even though many of her buildings appear “rustic” at first glance. More importantly, she was influential in promoting regional and indigenous influences in architecture in the US South-West. Previously architects working on new hotels and railway terminals had copied European styles – but her influence is still seen in the work of contemporary buildings in National Parks, and she is certainly not forgotten at the Grand Canyon!

Railway Carriage named in memory of Mary Colter

News from Russell and Yelland

As we look ahead to 2019, we also look back on the highlights of 2018.

Caritas Building at Nazareth College Flinders Park, nestled on a tiny site between the existing school and the River Torrens, was completed just before Christmas. At Cabra College the new Music Centre was handed over at the end of last year, and construction has commenced on their new double court Gymnasium.

Construction of the Copperhouse Court Nursing Home Redevelopment at Whyalla is under way along with the new Senior Students Centre at St Josephs School, Port Lincoln. Concordia’s Nautilus Centre also won a commendation in the Learning Environments Australasia National Awards in May and Hariklia recently featured in a video of the building.

We completed a further six government STEM projects – four in Whyalla, one at Salisbury East High School and another at Seaford Secondary College and new STEM, library and learning areas at Stella Maris Parish School. It’s been great to see how the students have started to use these spaces for many different science and technology projects. Renal Units at Mt Gambier and Whyalla and a number of Master Plans for hospitals headlined our health work last year.

This year Russell and Yelland will celebrate its 80th birthday – so we have a great history to celebrate but much to look forward to in the future!

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Completion of Whyalla STEM projects

Whyalla primary schools – STEM projects

Over the last two years we have undertaken seven STEMWorks projects in government schools, including four in Whyalla Primary Schools: Long St, Hincks Avenue and Whyalla Town.

It’s great to see the students using these new and much improved facilities as they undertake their science and technology projects.

Construction starts at Copperhouse Court Redevelopment, Whyalla

  • Whyalla Aged Care Inc.: Copperhouse Court Redevelopment, Whyalla: Site Plan
  • Whyalla Aged Care Inc.: Copperhouse Court Redevelopment, Whyalla: View from Noble St
  • Whyalla Aged Care Inc.: Copperhouse Court Redevelopment, Whyalla: Aerial View from Hutchens St
  • Whyalla Aged Care Inc.: Copperhouse Court Redevelopment, Whyalla: new Memory Support Unit
  • Whyalla Aged Care Inc.: Copperhouse Court Redevelopment, Whyalla: new Memory Support Unit
  • Whyalla Aged Care Inc.: Copperhouse Court Redevelopment, Whyalla
  • Whyalla Aged Care Inc.: Copperhouse Court Redevelopment, Whyalla

Whyalla Aged Care Inc. operates aged facilities including Yeltana, Annie Lockwood and existing independent living units on their Newton Street Site, as well as Copperhouse Court, which is located at Flinders Aveune, Whyalla Stuart.

The Redevelopment of their Copperhouse Court Nursing Home, comprising a new 14 bed Memory Support Unit along with extensive refurbishment to the existing facility, has  for a total project cost approaching $10m.

New Senior Centre project at St Josephs School in Pt Lincoln commences construction

The new senior centre and a refurbishment and extension to the existing manual arts centre will commence construction shortly.

The senior centre is approximately 1000m² in size and the manual arts refurbishment is approximately 400m². Works are located at Mortlock Terrace in Pt Lincoln.

Whyalla Aged Care Inc: Independent Living Units

 Expression of Interest for Builders

Tenders will be called in February for 16 Independent Living Units at Newton St Whyalla.

The project consists of 16 residential independent Living Units as part of the retirement area. There is one fully accessible designed house with all the others of proportions that will facilitate occupants comfortably with good circulation areas and easy use fitouts.

This is a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom options based on a five floor plan types. The majority of the houses are hosted together as a duplex style, with a shared party wall joining the garages. There are also a few stand-alone houses within the development. The planning of the site is two rows of eight houses, with one row of direct access off Newton Street. The second row will be accessed via an internal roadway.

Licensed Builders interested in tendering should register in writing with the Architects, including details of similar work undertaken, current commitments and three referees by noon on Friday 18th January 2019.

P.O. Box 3054, Unley, SA  5061 or jfheld@rusyel.com.au

Russell & Yelland announced as architects for Mt Barker Hospital master plan

The Marshall Liberal Government has today appointed the architects who will design the Master Plan for Mt Barker Hospital.The Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the contract was awarded to Russell and Yelland Architects, who will commence the master planning at the hospital this week.

‘Today’s announcement officially marks the process of the architects engaging local doctors, nurses and other health practitioners on what they believe should be incorporated into the rejuvenated Master Plan for their hospital,” Minister Wade said.

“The Master Plan will outline components of future services that are required to ensure the hospital continues to provide the best care to their local community.

“The region has recently undertaken a robust planning process for services at Mount Barker Hospital and Strathalbyn and District Health Service through the collaborative leadership of local general practitioners, the Health Advisory Council Presiding Member, staff and key stakeholders.

“The planning process identified several health service priorities including accident and emergency services, paediatric services and renal services.

“I am delighted to meet local doctors and nurses today and discuss what is important to them as they begin this important process.”

The State Government last week announced it would be funding $337,000 over four years to increase paediatric services at Mt Barker Hospital, enabling the provision of a specialist to support the current obstetric service.

Liberal Member for Kavel Dan Cregan said the announcement of Russell and Yelland Architects was an exciting first step for the community.

“Our local community has been working diligently to plan which services are required in Mt Barker and I am pleased that Russell and Yelland Architects will now kick-off what we will be some robust planning with our hospital staff,” Mr Cregan said.

“The State Government is committed to upgrading our country services and it’s great to hear that our regional health services are forward planning to best meet the demands of our local community.

“Today is an important step and I look forward to seeing the Master Plan and further engaging with my local community on the plan.”

The Master Plan process will kick-off this week and will be finalised by the end of the year.

Further Recognition for Concordia’s Nautilus Centre

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- view from quadrangle

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Sky Kaleidescope breakout

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- view from street

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Foucault Pendulum Central Atrium

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- Foucault Pendulum Central Atrium

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Fibonacci Lounge

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- Solar System Breakout

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Lab display

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Sky Kaleidescope

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Physics Area

    Photograph: David Sievers

Concordia’s Nautilus Centre was awarded a Commendation for Educational Buildings in the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter Awards.

The jury citation was as follows:

Possessing a restrained exterior, sympathetic to its surroundings, the Nautilus Centre pushes educational boundaries within and beyond its walls, creating a hub for all. The flexibility of the learning spaces form open yet secluded areas, linking learning theories and concepts to the overall design. The coherence of learning experience engages learners both passively and actively.

The building physically represents contemporary theory and heightens the learning experience by immersing students within a space embedded with concepts and theories. The success of the building is the calmness of abundant natural light and the transparency and visual engagement created by the floor planning.

The Nautilus cleverly opens up teaching and learning, securing a presence within the neighbourhood and ensuring that 21st century learning is on display.

Learning Environment Australasia awards Commendation to Concordia College’s Nautilus Centre

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Physics Area

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- Foucault Pendulum Central Atrium

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Lab display

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Foucault Pendulum Central Atrium

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- Solar System Breakout

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- view from quadrangle

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Sky Kaleidescope breakout

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Sky Kaleidescope

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Fibonacci Lounge

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- view from street

    Photograph: David Sievers

Russell & Yelland has been awarded a Commendation in the 2018 Australasian Region LEA Awards for Concordia’s Nautilus Centre in the category of new facilities under $8m.

The Jury commented as follows:

The Nautilus Centre, developed by Russell & Yelland Architects, has its foundation in a carefully considered educational brief. The resulting building is a thoughtful and carefully considered learning environment which exudes the celebration of science, bringing to life theory and practice through telling stories within the fabric of the building.

This is a learning environment that uses the whole building for learning from classroom spaces and labs through to shared space and even the stairwell that rotates around the Foucault pendulum. Breakout spaces and glass writing walls enable the student learning to – be mobile and adaptable.

As one student says: “The open learning spaces, filled with their uniquely textured details, creates a dynamic and flexible learning experience. The cleverly incorporated decorative features, which further arouse my scientific curiosity, is something which my friends all agree makes learning STEAM subjects more accessible.”

Visible learning is celebrated in the Nautilus Centre by bringing the class activity into the more public realms, using glazing and glass display boxes as walls and additional windows between teaching spaces. Deep transparency is achieved across the building creating a sense of lightness and openness, whilst retaining the ability to have individual learning spaces.

With a striking facade and a positive contribution to the campus setting, Russell & Yelland should be proud of creating an excellent new building for Concordia College that will inspire both the future generations of young scientists and the teachers that will utilise the Nautilus Centre.

More information on the awards is available here