Job: Alkimos College
Architect: Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick Architects
Electrical Engineers: Wood and Grieve Engineers (now part of Stantec)
Builder: EMCO Building
Landscape Architect: Four Landscape Studio
Electrical Contractor: RNM Solutions
Photographer: Ron Tan
“The perfect commercial luminaires for an education setting“
Located on the corner of Santorini Promenade and Hollington Boulevard; opening in February 2020, Alkimos College provides local students with access to an exceptional secondary education in world-class learning facilities. The school accommodates up to 250 Year 7 students and will grow to accommodate a total of 2000 Year 7 to 12 students by 2025.
Principle Nancy McNally worked closely with the community and the builders in leading the creation and direction of the school to develop a strong vision and ethos. One of the main focuses for the project was to create and maintain a strong school culture of high performance and a high care environment for both students, staff and the community. The build included construction for additional learning areas, visual arts, performing arts and dance, music and media classrooms, fitness centre, mechatronics and a large lecture theatre.
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State of the art eating
The cafeteria boasts a state-of-the-art eating area for students. ELS 160 Hi-Bays were chosen for their fresh and refined look. The fittings were supplied with a connector and hook for suspension above the serving station. Various areas of the café ceiling show off the ADL Square Downlight which provides a flattering accent to larger ELS Hi-Bays.
The lighting was an important aspect to the build and needed to be allocated according to the collaborative setting the layout was shaped by. Many of the learning spaces were complimented by brightly coloured carpets and seating therefore, the lighting had to show a minimalistic aspect to the space. The ADL150 Pendants were recommended by Mondoluce due to their high quality, mirror finish low glare reflector perfect for student co-operation as well as their excellent colour consistency. Due to the exposed industrial style roofing in many of the indoor café and alfresco seating areas, pendant luminaires were essential in ensuring sufficient lighting could be provided with little to no disruption of uneven surface caused by the ventilation and piping on the ceiling. The ADL150 Pendants can also be seen scattered throughout the indoor gym and exercise area.
The library area is equipped with learning pods where small groups of students can plan projects and work together in an engaging and collaborative environment. Various areas of the ceiling space are complimented with ADL Square Downlights which add a sophisticated and decorative design element to the open plan area. ADL125 Wide Surface fittings were also supplied and fitted in this area.
The entrance of the school is delightfully complimented by Ligman Lightwave wall lights in black.
Supporting Australian Manufacturing
One important aspect of this build was to ensure that Australian manufacturing was taken into consideration wherever possible. The lighting selection provided a huge opportunity for this, therefore Mondoluce worked firm with the builders to ensure Australian Made fittings were put forward for suggestion. The ELS ADL and Hi-Bay fittings are both 100% Australian Made and Manufactured and add intangible value to the final result.
The perfect commercial luminaires for an educational setting. The results are stunning in nature and definitely transform the various spaces of the school.
It is always a pleasure seeing our fittings transform the spaces of schools such as Alkimos College as it means our quality lighting is contributing towards helping and shaping the future of our young leaders. It’s something very special to be an Australian company supporting Australian builds.
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