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as collaboration partner to Open Architecture Studio

State High School for

Queensland Department of Education with

F.K. Gardner & Sons (FKG) 

Coomera, Queensland, Australia                
Phase 1 completed 2019

Phase 2 due for completion end 2021 


Services Provided: 

  • Team mentorship and coordination

  • Design development with client

  • Consultant coordination

  • Finishes selection

  • Documentation preparation

Foxwell State Secondary College is one of many greenfield primary and secondary schools being rolled out by the Queensland Government for the fast growing Gold Coast suburb of Coomera. Chapman Leijenaar joined Open Architecture Studio as senior collaboration partner for the completed Phase 1 as well as the currently-under-construction Phase 2. 

The concept design for the school was prepared by Thelander architecture with Ridgemill project managers. FKG was the successful tenderer for both phases, and 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 engineer the design.

Significant design changes included the repositioning of the sport oval, the mirroring of the junior learning block and the complete redesign of the munti-purpose hall. The fenestration was also completely redesigned, with proprietary shading devices and painted fibre cement cladding with purpose-designed perforated metal screens and pre-treated FC cladding. 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 layouts of every space was also assessed and reorganised wherever required for optimal functionality.    

Phase 1 consists of administration, media resource and indoor/outdoor sporting facilities, a canteen with industrial kitchen, as well as the junior learning teaching block and maintenance sheds. The junior learning block includes general classrooms, teaching kitchens, workshops, laboratories, dance studios and a lecture theatre.     

Phase 2 will consist of the senior learning block, a kinesiology laboratory and gymnasium, and a  Performing Arts Centre. With the junior learning facilities having received its second year of students, the senior learning precinct will be ready to receive this group of students and continue the full curriculum of the college.    

OAS TEAM: Michael Baylie (Director); Chapman Leijenaar (Sr Collaboration Partner); Heinrich Olkers (Project Architect); Daia De Brito; Suzy Syme; Marissa Wathern; Liliana Amaro 
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


PHOTOGRAPHS: Chapman Leijenaar & Michael Baylie