The new Marist College Resource Centre represents the Stage 1 implementation of the new College master plan to be undertaken by the school over the coming years. The function of the building is primarily accommodating the senior school library on the upper floor with the ground floor utilised for hospitality studies and staff amenities. The lower area is to be retained as an under croft in the short term with the objective of this area being in filled as class rooms in the future.
The construction system uses off form concrete column, beam and flat plate slab construction with structural steel upper storey frame with the fasade clad with a combination of brickwork, painted FC sheeting and colorbond metal cladding.
The design was to complement the existing surrounding buildings and to capture the views of the adjacent sports fields and the northerly aspect. Energy efficiencies were incorporated, such as operable clerestory windows to allow natural cross flow ventilation and piped water in slab heating and cooling.
While designed to a high degree of robustness that is particularly needed in a school environment, the internal finishes are of a high standard.