I am delighted to announce that the School Board recently approved the plans for the new Centre for Learning and Innovation at Carey after two years of research, consultation and development. It is anticipated that this visionary building project will open in Term 1 2016.

The Centre will provide our Middle and Senior School students and staff with exciting general and Science-specific learning spaces. At its heart will be a stunning and expansive Information Resource Centre/Library.

Carey has been working closely with Hayball architects; the Project Manager, Coffey Projects; and associated consultants on this development to create an exciting and innovative design concept. Like a symbolic tree with branches reaching out into different fields of knowledge, the building’s design is a celebration the interconnectedness of learning areas and the importance of acknowledging the many facets of a Carey education. Hayball has noted:

“The Centre for Learning and Innovation is the new iconic facility for Carey delivering high quality, contemporary learning spaces for students and staff. Designed around the concept of the ‘Tree of Knowledge’, The Centre for Learning Innovation weaves together the new Information Resource Centre, facilities for Humanities, Science and International Studies, and forges new connections with the Quadrangle and Chapel – the social and spiritual centres of the campus.”

Unique Features

The Information Resource Centre will provide continued access to our existing book collection; an increased range of digital and online resources; and a huge suite of study, reading, meeting and collaborative work spaces to support our students and staff in their pursuit of academic excellence. Five rooms utilising the Positive Education ‘PERMA’ themes will also be created.

Other features of the centre include a Cabinet Room, several audio–visual ‘Imaginariums’ and an ICT sandpit, all of which will extend the potential and possibilities of all student and staff learning. The United Nations Room will sit proudly at the top of the Centre with stunning views across Melbourne. This room will highlight the intersection of Carey’s values of integrity, service, spirituality, teamwork, thinking and wellbeing with the values of the United Nations. The Centre will also include exciting and expanded Information and Communication Technologies, as well as providing a new home for the Carey Archive.

Other adjoining facilities will also be significantly upgraded with this development. The Quad will be enclosed and renovated to provide improved study and recreational spaces for our students.

In keeping with Carey’s commitment to sustainability, the Centre for Learning and Innovation has been designed using environmentally sustainable building features and practices, which we expect will see this facility receive a 4-Star Design Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Philip Grutzner