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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.

 

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

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- view from street

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- view from quadrangle

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre- Solar System Breakout

    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 - Sky Kaleidescope breakout

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Fibonacci Lounge

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Foucault Pendulum Central Atrium

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Physics Area

    Photograph: David Sievers

  • Concordia College, Nautilus Centre - Sky Kaleidescope

    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

Renown Park Childrens Centre

  • Renown Park Children's Centre

    Photograph courtesy DECD

  • Renown Park Children's Centre

    Photograph courtesy DECD

  • Renown Park Children's Centre

    Photograph courtesy DECD

  • Renown Park Children's Centre

    Photograph courtesy DECD

Last week we received some lovely photos of the outdoor play space at the Renown Park Children’s Centre, completed last year for DECD. The plants are flourishing and it’s wonderful to see the children playing in the space. As the trees mature it will be even better, with more shade and variation in height across the landscape. We used predominately local native plants as well as some fruits and veggies and deciduous trees.

Concordia Nautilus Centre wins IESANZ SA/NT lighting Award of Excellence

  • Concordia Nautilus Centre - stairwell
  • Concordia Nautilus Centre - upper breakout zone
  • Concordia Nautilus Centre
  • Concordia Nautilus Centre
  • Concordia Nautilus Centre

This project recently won an IESANZ SA/NT lighting Award of Excellence.

The judges stated:
“It was evident from the street as soon as we arrived at the site that this was going to be something special. An excellent example of project coordination between all design partners – architect, interior designer, engineer, lighting designer and client. The integration of architecture and lighting is exceptional. The attention to detail by all involved (including the electrical contractor is first-rate. All involved in this project should be commended on an excellent result.”

Project Architects: Emily Chalk & Craig Buckberry, Russell & Yelland
Lighting Designers: Robert Bartosik & Anthony Davidson, Secon Consulting Engineers

Brompton Primary School STEM

In July 2016 the SA Government announced a stimulus package for the creation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) facilities in 139 public schools across South Australia.

Construction of the Brompton Primary School STEM project commenced in December 2016 with a site visit from the Minister for Education and Child Development, the Hon. Susan Close. It will be one of the first of the STEM Works projects to be completed.

The design aims to encourage hands-on making and open-ended creative investigations.The robust finishes and open-plan workshop feel will show that the space is not ‘precious’ – it’s there to be used and it’s okay to make a mess!

The children will be the ‘star of the show’, with many locations for displaying and celebrating their work. Almost every surface will be interactive, including the ceiling, which is designed for hanging things from. Wall surfaces will used for display, storage, creation and collaboration, via a lego wall, pegboards, slat wall and whiteboards.

The four zones in the STEM space are denoted by different flooring, but are all interconnected, allowing multiple patterns of use. The dark room space is more formal, used for presentations, demonstrations, green-screen work and light experiments. The timber structure around the dark room is designed to with exposed connections to show how it was assembled.

The STEM space will connect to the courtyard and the veggie garden, as well as into the classrooms to the north. STEM will not be a ‘special’ activity but a normal part of the school day, easily accessible and highly visible.

To visualise this project in 3D, click on the image below to jump into a panoramic 3D representation. Each label will take you to a different view.

 

If you have a smartphone and want a more immersive experience you can equip yourself with a viewer such as the google cardboard and rotate your phone to have the views formatted in stereoscopic.
Minister for Education, Dr. Susan Close, takes a virtual tour through Brompton Primary's new STEM facility
Minister for Education, Dr. Susan Close, takes a virtual tour through Brompton Primary’s new STEM facility

 

Brompton Primary School's Principal, Tina Treffers, with the Minister for Education, Dr. Susan Close, and students
Brompton Primary School’s Principal, Tina Treffers, with the Minister for Education, Dr. Susan Close, and students

 

Brompton Primary School - the "darkroom"
Brompton Primary School – the dark room

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From concept to reality.

The initial pen stroke of conceptual design diagrams for Salisbury East High School’s new Arts Facility has now materialised into built form.

The early line diagram of folding concertina display panels has repeatedly informed design details resulting in a language of folding ceilings, concertina display panels and triangular batten screens.

 

Ground-breaking ceremony marks the start of UniSA Mt. Gambier Construction phase

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Prof. David Lloyd (Centre), Dr. Laura-Anne Bull and Mt Gambier staff turn the first sod

John Held and Craig Buckberry represented Russell & Yelland at Mt Gambier on 14th January when the Vice Chancellor and President of UniSA, Prof. David Lloyd, and the Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement and Equity, Laura-Anne Bull, celebrated the start of construction of Mt Gambier’s new Learning Centre.

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning Judy Nagy complimented the design team of Guida Moseley Brown and Russell & Yelland for their willingness to fully understand the local context of the project.

UniSA groundbreaking ceremony
Project team members Rob Lustri (UniSA FMU), Craig Buckberry, Judy Nagy, Ivana Glavinic May (UniSA Project Manager), John Held

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New Teaching Facilities for UniSA at Mt Gambier

UniSA_Mt_Gambier_002Construction has commenced on UniSA’s new teaching building at Mt Gambier in a joint project with Russell & Yelland and Guida Moseley Brown Architects.

Located on the TAFE campus, the $12.5m project will allow the expansion of university courses including nursing, social work, education and Foundation Studies, at this important regional hub.

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Unity College Trade Skills Centre

The existing manual arts facility at Unity College accommodates subjects such as Woodwork, Home Economics, Photography and Art. As part of the recent round of Trade Skills funding the school was presented with an opportunity to expand their manual arts program to accommodate metalwork.

Russell and Yelland Architects have developed a designed solution to extend the existing building, providing an additional and updated workshop to house the new machinery, improved access to CAD facilities and create a space that will satisfy the school’s needs. This project was completed for the 2015 School Year