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as collaboration partner to Open Architecture Studio
State Primary School for
Queensland Department of Education with
F.K. Gardner & Sons (FKG)
Pimpama, Queensland, Australia
Team mentorship and coordination
Design development with client
Gainsborough State School is one of many greenfield primary and secondary schools being rolled out by the Queensland Government for the fast growing Gold Coast suburb of Pimpama. Chapman Leijenaar joined Open Architecture Studio as senior collaboration partner.
The concept design for the school was prepared by Thelander architecture with Ridgemill project managers. FKG was the successful tenderer, and following the successful delivery of Foxwell State Secondary College, again invited OAS to serve as architect for the Design and Construct contract. OAS would be responsible for the detailed design development of the original design, implementing design changes, and value engineering the design.
The fenestration was completely redesigned, with proprietary shading devices and painted fibre cement cladding being replaced with purpose-designed perforated metal screens and metal sheet. This not only gave the school a very unique identity using a value engineered solution, but also ensured that ongoing maintenance would be significantly reduced.
The master plan was improved by reassessing level changes, improving flow and accessibility and omitting unnecessary infrastructure. The layouts of every internal space was also assessed and reorganised wherever required for optimal functionality.
The main entrance was redesigned, and its roof provided the signature element - and abstracted tree - the architectural signature element to the school.
Phase 1 consists of administration, media resource and indoor/outdoor sporting facilities, a canteen with industrial kitchen, as well as the preparatory teaching block and maintenance sheds.
Phase 2 will consist of a second teaching block, and an extension to the preparatory teaching block.
OAS TEAM: Michael Baylie (Director); Chapman Leijenaar (Sr Collaboration Partner); Heinrich Olkers (Project Architect); Daia De Brito; Suzy Syme; Emma Russo; Chrisney Formosa
PROFESSIONAL TEAM: Structural Engineer: Northrop Consulting Engineers; Certifier: Buildit Group; Mechanical Engineer: Davies Climate control; Hydraulic Engineer: Platinum Hydraulic Design; Electrical Engineer: BSI Projects; Landscape Architect: JFP Urban Consultants; Civil engineer: vT Consulting Engineers
CONTRACTOR: F.K. Gardner
PHOTOGRAPHS: Chapman Leijenaar & Michael Baylie