SHAPE delivers new classrooms for Merici College students in time for 2024 school year

The SHAPE Canberra team, along with KLMSA, have successfully constructed a new school building with four classrooms for Merici College in the ACT in just ten weeks.

By utilising modular construction, the building was constructed during the summer school holidays, ensuring students were able to use their new classrooms at the beginning of the 2024 school year and without any disruption to teachers or students.

KLMSA, the modular construction company SHAPE acquired just under a year ago, designed and built the modules for the Canberra team. Designed with the goal of providing a modern, high-quality and efficient learning environment, eight modules were created to form the building that contained four classrooms divided by operable walls. The design facilitated flexibility in terms of building in an occupied setting, as well as making optimum use of space utilisation.

Building offsite at KLMSA’s Kinglake facility ensured consistent quality throughout the construction process and a controlled environment in which all safety outcomes were met.

Logistics played a pivotal role in the successful execution of the Merici College project. The eight modules, weighing approximately 4.5 tonnes each, were transported from the Kinglake facility by a team of drivers. Upon reaching the site, the modules were erected by three crane operators and three partitioners, all coordinated by Project Managers from SHAPE.

Tom Sparkes, SHAPE General Manager – ACT, said: “The Merici College project represents a paradigm shift in educational infrastructure development. By leveraging modular construction, the team not only met the client’s goal of delivering new classrooms in accordance with the academic school calendar but also ensured a high standard of quality.

“Congratulations to the SHAPE and KLMSA teams who worked closely within tight timelines to design, transport and build bespoke, innovative and high-quality classrooms that cater to Merici College’s diverse educational needs. With the ability to build efficiently around the school calendar, we look forward to delivering more unique modular solutions for the education sector.”

the building was constructed during the summer school holidays, ensuring students were able to use their new classrooms at the beginning of the 2024 school year…

Adrian Heim, Business Manager at Merici College, praised the SHAPE team on their ability to design a bespoke solution and meet the unique requirements of the project. “SHAPE was meticulous in understanding our needs and designing a solution that not only worked but exceeded our expectations. They then managed works on the ground with professionalism and aplomb, keeping the momentum, checking in with us and keeping us informed all the way.

“What made it exceptional to other projects I have been involved in is twofold. The very tight timeline for project turnaround, and the value for money outcome,” he said.