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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

Update on the Master Plan for Building Projects

 

Consultations with stakeholders produced a list of proposed, capital building projects and the original materplan for the school was drawn up in 2013. In December 2013 International School Suva embarked on the first stage of building which resulted in the opening of the library, canteen, amphitheatre and administration block in July 2015. This building now forms a permanent link between the primary and secondary schools.

The original building masterplan from 2014 was prioritised using a projected school enrolment of 1000 students by 2020.

 

Priority A

  • Upgrade the 3 school entries to include functional guard houses.
  • Cover the primary hard court and provide an area for assemblies.
  • Remodel the primary school to provide for three streams per year level in primary.
  • Remodel the Early Childhood Centre., ensuring sufficient area for jungle gyms, a sand pit and open space.
  • Learning support centre.
  • Remodelling B Block to give designated Middle School classrooms with capacity for three streams per year level.
  • More open grassed playing area

Priority B

  • New Science laboratories, possibly situated on the top floor.
  • Increase the number of teacher work rooms and conference rooms.
  • Senior Art Room, possibly using a traditional bure design.
  • Common rooms for year 11 and 12.
  • Ensure extra off-street parking.
  • Demolish and remodel existing C block in secondary and develop this site along with the two standalone facilities behind C block.

Priority C

  • Boarding facilities ( no longer a priority but should be in master plan 2030)
  • Turning bay and waiting area
  • Quadrangle

All building plans must ensure that the school is not aesthetically segregated.

Following the opening of the July 2015 opening, the remodelling of B block and upgrading of Primary facilities were prioritised with B block entering finishing stages and being occupied by student from January 2016. Demolition work in the Primary School started in December 2015. The development of the Primary and Secondary schools were then split into phases. The architect for these developments isAAPi DESIGN, engineers are Houng Lee Kaba Jacob and service engineers are Irwin Alsop Pacific LTD.

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL: STAGE 1 INTIAL BUDGET F$4.8M VIP

EXPECTED COMPLETION APRIL 2017

Basement

Storage area

Ground Floor

Storage, toilets, art room, classroom, undercover area, outdoor amphitheatre

First Floor

Classrooms

Second Floor

Classrooms and teacher area

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL: STAGE 2 INTIAL BUDGET F$3.1M VIP

EXPECTED COMPLETION SEPTEMBER 2018

Ground Floor

Classroom,, toilets

First Floor

Classrooms, IT room, Language Room, PSPE room, music room

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL: INTIAL BUDGET F$5M VIP

EXPECTED COMPLETION JANUARY 2020

Ground Floor

Classrooms, toilets, art room

First Floor

Classrooms, open space, teacher offices

Second Floor

Classrooms, science laboratories, common room, open space

 

These building projects will be overseen by the members of ISA Facilities committee, current members of this committee are:

Chair:  Mark Halabe (Past Chair of Council), Jacky Terry (Chair of Council), Anna Marsden (Head of School), Karen Whittaker (Head of Primary), Ram Bali (Head of Maintenance and Project Leader), Vinesh Chand (School Manager), Christian Adams (Council Member), Alex Karountzos (Senior Teacher), Kris Stice (Teacher), Chris Wild (PTFA rep), Chelsea Bulmer (Teacher).

 

Meetings are held at least 5 times a year and when it is deemed necessary.

Information on the tendering process can be found below:


1. Architects:

Three Architectural firms were invited to tender their concepts for a competitive bid. One pulled out early in the process and with the remaining two Council decided to award the Primary School project to AAiDesigns and B Block renovations to Jon Orton and Associates.    

2. 
Procurement:

All major purchases are tendered to at least 3 reliable companies, where three such companies are available. The tender box is located in the front administration office. At the closing time of tenders Senior School Managers open the tenders, compile a report and submit to the Facilities committee or to Council for final approval.
 

Architectural drawing can be found by clicking on this link


Risks and Disruptions:

The Council and school wish to minimise disruption.Building sites will be cordoned off with high partitions and will be patrolled by ISS security teams. Building sites will be deemed ‘No Go’ zones for children and unauthorised adults.  Noise disruption during the construction period is unavoidable but will be minimized as much as possible. Classes will be relocated to alternative classrooms as required during building works.


Plans for Disability access:

Personal lifts, ramps and disability access can be retro fitted into the school design if and when required.

 

Last updated: February, 2016