In October 2009 McLellan Bush Architects and St Peters Lutheran College began the first steps to planning the College’s new home at Springfield. The process was collaborative, beginning with two workshops facilitated by McLellan Bush and attended by representatives of the St Peters community including college council, executives, and teaching staff. The masterplan was designed and developed considering the Queensland climate, the College’s philosophies, and future building programs.
Stage one is the largest stage in the masterplan. The building works were designed along the east-west axis to maximise natural ventilation and the northerly aspect, a key feature which recognised the Queensland climate through ‘pop outs’ in the northern veranda. The design incorporated a four-storey covered external collaborative learning concourse for learning, gathering and play. Classrooms have bi-folding doors that lead to the veranda enabling flexible small group learning. The verandahs also include wet areas and pop out locker nodes.
The College accepted the masterplan just prior to Christmas in 2009. 2010 saw a busy year of concept design for stage one, tender documentation, BGA approvals and council applications for both the masterplan and stage one design. During 2011 McLellan Bush Architects undertook the role of superintendent for the building contract. In 2012 the college opened the doors of their new home to a cohort of excited learners from prep to year 12.