FBC Constructions site foreman Craig O’Neill, owner Matt Collins, Laing O’Rourke senior foreman Mike Maltman and Warwick State High School principal David Ferguson.
FBC Constructions site foreman Craig O’Neill, owner Matt Collins, Laing O’Rourke senior foreman Mike Maltman and Warwick State High School principal David Ferguson.

Schools looking to new facilities

FACILITIES for the region’s schools are well under way with support from the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution program as our schools continue to provide top-quality resources.

Warwick State High School principal David Ferguson said their school had grown over the years and they have needed to access more of their green space, with the latest building, a language centre, being built on Cunningham oval.

It is a $1.97 million project which is being overseen by Laing O’Rourke and has been subcontracted to the local company FBC owned by Matt Collins, as well as using other local contractors and products.

The contractors, who began two weeks ago, yesterday poured the slab which covers 600sqm, creating a further five teaching spaces and a presentation area seating up to 112 guests.

Mr Ferguson said there would also be a virtual classroom where students could study subjects from other schools to cater for a greater interest and if there were not enough students to provide a teacher.

As a separate project the current Special Education Unit is being upgraded as they prepare their facilities to be more accommodating for students in wheelchairs.

“All the renovations have mostly been on the inside, with new showers and a toilet facility and a space to hoist students,” Mr Ferguson said.

School of Total Education (SOTE) principal Richard Waters is also eagerly awaiting the end result of their much-needed new multi-purpose hall which was started recently.

The project managers are Osborne Lane, with local company Bill Campbell and Co as the subcontractors who have been working on excavations to lay foundations for the project which is expected to be finished in September.

The hall will cover 672sq m at a cost of $1.2 million with a Commonwealth Government component of $850,000 and the rest contributed by the SOTE school committee and foundation.

Close to completion are new facilities at both Warwick West State School (WWSS) and Warwick Central State School (WCSS) which were all contracted to McNab Constructions which utilised a range of local subcontractors.

WCSS has been officially handed over to the school and staff are currently preparing to set up their new library which covers 420sq m and access the new undercover area which covers 300sq m.

WWSS has a new multi-purpose hall which was an existing covered area at the school, and a new library which covers 430sq m.



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