New science and humanities building
The new Science and Humanities building at Santa Maria College incorporates innovative spaces for new modes of learning. Tying into the existing Mercy Building lent challenges of servicing, access and floor heights. The new four storey building contains six humanities learning spaces on the Ground Floor which include operable walls and internal glazing around a shared gathering space.
Extensive investigation with Science staff into methods of science learning developed the design away from traditional science learning classes, with the creation instead of a transition floor containing small tutorial spaces wrapped around a large open multi-use, multi-class experimental laboratory. The top floor includes six dedicated Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Human Biology laboratories with unique features related to the specific learning areas- such as access to a greenhouse and open balcony for the Biology classroom.