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September 2017

Ballarat Tech School at Fed Uni – on track to open

Ballarat Tech School is on track to open for the start of the new school year in 2018. A glowing atrium will change the facade of the Albert St building and welcome up to 200 students at a time through its doors.

Source: The Courier see original article here

Ballarat Tech School is on track to open for the start of the new school year in 2018.

A glowing atrium will change the facade of the Albert St building and welcome up to 200 students at a time through its doors.

A sneak peek at construction progress has revealed construction is well underway on the project with builders confident the building will be delivered on its scheduled December 20 handover date.

Nicholson Construction project manager Stephen Allen said refurbishment works on the Albert St building were progressing well.

“All the services are in, walls are plastered, window frames are in, glass being installed, and painting and joining will start in two weeks,” he said.

“It’s a tight timeline on the project but we are in a good position at the moment.”

The Ballarat Tech School development is part of a $128 million state government initiative to create 10 tech schools across Victoria.

?A large steel learning tree fitted with LED lights branches through the two storeys of learning spaces with seating around its base and breakout areas surrounding its limbs upstairs.

Walls and classroom partitions are in, ceiling treatments ready for installation, and builders have replaced half of the roof sheeting and are installing solar panels to cover the entire roof.

“The amount of power those solar panels will produce will most likely see this building put power back in to the grid as well as power the building so will probably be an ongoing cost benefit,” Mr Allen said.

The high-tech building also has an audio-visual system and technology fit-out that Mr Allen said would rival any other building in the city.

Demolition work on the interior of the existing building began in June.

Ballarat Tech School associate director Sofia Fiusco said the school could cater for 200 students at any one time and would work with all 15 secondary colleges in the region.

Large classrooms will cater for teaching programs across five industry areas: food and fibre, health science, IT, advanced manufacturing and new energy.

“A big part of looking at the spaces is making sure they are multi-purpose so as the needs of industry adapt and change we can factor that in to what we do,” Ms Fiusco said.

Schools will elect the programs they want to be part of and bring students in to the tech school for the day.

“The focus will be on learning in a very visual way in terms of what they can see and be inspired by, who they are working with, and learning from each other. It will be very open and transparent and reflect what workplaces look like and how they function.”

Exterior of Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute

Passers-by might be forgiven for thinking the walls of the Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute have changed colour when restoration works are completed late next year.

Source: The Bendigo Advertiser see original article here

Passers-by might be forgiven for thinking the walls of the Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute have changed colour when restoration works are completed late next year.

But people should not be alarmed. The change would be historically accurate.

Time and a patchwork of render repairs had left the overall tone of the building a shade of gray.

Yet there was evidence the exterior walls had once been coloured differently, according to City of Greater Bendigo heritage building/assets advisor Megan McDougall

“The original building is constructed of brick which was rendered. There is evidence on the building that it had a warm stone coloured ‘wash’ coat,” she said.

“Once the render repairs have been completed, a wash coat will be applied, with the colour matched to the remnants of the original finish, reinstating the warm sandstone appearance to the now grey render.

“The wash coat will also protect the building by filling hairline cracks in the render.”

Ms McDougall’s comments came after the Bendigo District RSL Sub-Branch launched a fundraiser on Wednesday to help get the last of the cash needed for the revitalisation project.

The branch had committed to providing $500,000, with $250,000 already raised by May 2017.

The most recent funding push kicked off with a $50,000 donation from the family of the late returned serviceman Warwick Johanson, who had been heavily involved in the RSL and in later years often volunteered as a museum guide.

The institute was constructed in 1919 as a permanent memorial to those who served in World War One and was included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

It was also regarded as the largest memorial museum outside of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

As well as rendering exterior walls, the $4.5 million restoration project included conservation work and a new exhibition gallery complete with climate control features, storage and preparation areas.

There would also be a total roof replacement and new sky lights. The Billiard Room would be restumped and get a new floor, while the ceiling and plaster would be repaired.

Donations could be made at any Bendigo & Adelaide Bank branch or online. They could also be made at the Bendigo District RSL at 73-75 Havilah Road, Bendigo between 9am and 5pm daily.