Build­ing some­thing spe­cial

Acting prin­ci­pal Melissa Gould and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Bar­bara McCarty in the hall­way of Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege’s new build­ing.


BAR­BARA McCarty can hardly wipe the smile off her face.

After years of dreams and com­mu­nity blood, sweat and tears, the first stage of Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege’s brand new wing is al­most com­pleted.

And, walk­ing through the rapidly de­vel­op­ing build­ing, the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal can hardly be­lieve it’s real.

‘‘It’s sur­real see­ing it come to­gether. For a long time noth­ing hap­pened, then sud­denly this beau­ti­ful build­ing started emerg­ing,’’ she said.

Stage one of the $5 mil­lion project is fi­nally at lock-up stage, with the roof, win­dows, in­ter­nal walls and all ser­vices com­pleted.

The ma­jor­ity of brick­work, ex­ter­nal ve­ran­das and the seat­ing area have also been fin­ished.

Which means it won’t be long be­fore stu­dents and staff can set­tle into their pris­tine new space.

‘‘We’re set to move into the new art and science spa­ces at the end of this term,’’ Bar­bara said.

‘‘The start of term four will see teach­ing and learn­ing take place in the new build­ing.

‘‘It’s hap­pened a bit quicker than ex­pected, the builders have been very ef­fi­cient.’’

The sec­ond stage of the devel­op­ment will be­gin in the third-term hol­i­days, with the de­mo­li­tion of the sec­ond half of the old wing and the be­gin­ning of con­struc­tion of the gen­eral pur­pose class­rooms and new toi­lets.

The sec­ond stage should be com­pleted by the end of term one in 2019.

Bar­bara said the ad­di­tion had been a long time com­ing.

‘‘The old build­ing was get­ting run down and was par­tic­u­larly dam­aged from the floods, to the point where it was just not us­able any more,’’ she said.

‘‘But now our cur­rent and fu­ture stu­dents can look for­ward to an ex­cit­ing and ver­sa­tile new fa­cil­ity to learn in.’’

Stage one will in­clude two new art rooms, a pho­tog­ra­phy and dark­room fa­cil­ity, two science rooms, gen­eral-pur­pose physics and math spa­ces, a com­puter pod and three break­out spa­ces. Stage two will con­sist of four flex­i­ble learn­ing spa­ces.

■ As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Bar­bara McCarty, site fore­man Terry Jones and acting prin­ci­pal Melissa Gould.

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