Project Specifications

The Company of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart

$4.5 million

Altona, Victoria

March 2014

Construction of a new Science, Sustainability and Food Technology Centre.



This project was for the construction of a new Science, Sustainability and Food Technology Centre at Mount St. Joseph Girls’ College.

The construction comprises a single storey building on concrete slab with multiple finishes, including render, brick veneer, timber cladding, timber feature posts, Alucobond and zinc cladding relieved with perforated screens.

Teaching spaces include five laboratories, food technology and collaborative learning spaces.

Sustainability features of the building include solar panels on the roof, water tanks installed around the building to harvest rain water, and rammed earth walls for heating.

A fully interactive weather station was also installed for students to monitor rainfall, wind and temperature.


Multiple external finishes required consistent and continual co-ordination of trades to ensure the finished product was outstanding.

Design changes occurred throughout the construction phase as the teaching spaces and their intended uses evolved. These changes were all incorporated into the original program.

Project Contact

Guy Finnis
General Manager VIC

Guy has a wealth of experience within the construction industry. With roles as Design Manager, Project Manager, Construction Manager and General Manager, he has successfully completed many projects over the 22 years in the industry. His project portfolio includes sectors such as health, commercial, industrial and residential – new constructions, refurbishments and fit outs. Guy’s strength is his strong collaborative skills, and ability to bring the best out of people and a project.