Whyalla Secondary College inspiring possibilities

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Tom Bernard


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Combining three existing high school campuses into a new centre for learning excellence was no simple task. But Whyalla Secondary College, delivered with the help of a talented project team, integrates history and traditions with a new sense of identity, innovation and inclusivity.

The new $100 million state-of-the-art secondary school, designed by Cox Architecture, in collaboration with Thomson Rossi, accommodates 1,500 students in years 7 to 12, including 48 inclusive places for students with disability. 

RLB provided cost leadership and budget confidence from the project onset, including independent cost advice on scoping, design, and procurement.

According to Sam Martin, RLB’s Lead Cost Manager, a clear vision was key to the project’s success. “Local students and educators contributed their ideas on what the school should look and feel like, and how design could embody the Whyalla community’s strong sense of identity. RLB encouraged a best value culture from concept to completion and the project was delivered on time and on budget.”

RLB’s Project Director, Tom Bernard, notes that the project required extensive value management during the design phases. “RLB hosted value management workshops to maximise scope and maintain budget. Further value management was undertaken when the early contractor involvement process began, and RLB undertook extensive cost checking to ensure maximum value for money was achieved for our client.”

The outcome speaks for itself. The Whyalla Secondary College is a contemporary and dynamic learning environment. The three storey, STEM focused building features contemporary learning spaces, multi-level outdoor learning spaces, expansive sporting fields and courts. A performing arts theatre and a separate double court gymnasium provide the community with valuable public amenities.

This project supported an estimated 240 full-time equivalent jobs each year of the two-year construction term, with 1,200 local people in total employed on site during this period.

“Whyalla Secondary College’s motto is ‘inspiring possibilities’. We are proud to have played a role inspiring the next generation of students to become social, political and cultural leaders,” Tom concludes.