MYRTLEFORD P12 College assistant principal Barry Holden (centre) and Carter Holt Harvey Myrtleford facility manager Ross Barlow (right) on Friday previewed a CHH first-time product fit-out at the college’s new senior learning centre with CHH quality compliance co-ordinator John Raoss. A generous collaboration between college and company has delivered wall and utility space finishes for a new senior learning centre and, in an older building, a new home economics room, new library space and refurbished canteen as features of a $2.6 million Victorian government-funded development on the campus.
MYRTLEFORD P12 College students and staff expect to use a new $2.6 million senior learning centre and new library space, new home economics room and refurbished canteen within weeks.
College principal Zlatko Pear and assistant principal Barry Holden on Friday offered a preview of the near-completed campus works, which have featured a generous collaboration with Myrtleford wood products manufacturer Carter Holt Harvey.
CHH has supplied the college with a first-time product – standard structural plywood with a decorative veneer for wall and utility space finishes.
CHH Myrtleford facility manager Ross Barlow said the material was an extension of the company’s standard plywood constructed from pine and the college had been the first of its customers to use the material, on which development continues.
Mr Holden said the college had worked up an idea that collaboration could be good for both parties – giving the school use of a contemporary and stylish hard-wearing material and the CHH a way to show its application on a commercial scale to potential customers.
“It certainly was a mutual arrangement where we were given some capacity with the commercial efficiency of the product and we exclusively used it in this particular building contract,” Mr Holden said.
“We’re very happy with the way it’s turned out – a good product, great tradespeople and some opportunity for CHH to show other clients or potential clients through our buildings where this decorative material has been applied.
“This is what can be achieved if you get people working together.”
Mr Holden, who oversaw the works for the college, said the P12 campus was the place in Myrtleford where most families gathered every day of the week.
“As Zlatko says, we have more people on this site at one time than anywhere else in Myrtleford,” he said.
“We like to involve the community as much as we possibly can in everything that we do.
Mr Pear said the new development and redevelopment would give the P12 community “a new, state-of-the-art facility and new learning environments that our students can be proud of”.
“It’s a flexible area and it’s a benefit to our kids,” he said.
The campus has a 300-strong student population and the new senior learning centre has a capacity for about 120 children.
The changes have been three years in the making.
Browns of Wangaratta was the building contractor.
TEAMWORK: Myrtleford P12 College assistant principal Barry Holden (left) and Browns of Wangaratta site manager Mark Taylor have worked with Browns’ project manager Dennis Backas (absent) to deliver a new senior learning centre and significant refurbishments at the college campus. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg