A head contractor will be selected to oversee the construction works and successful tenders will be called for on a turn-key basis to construct and furnish the new buildings in readiness for occupancy at the start of the 2018 academic year.
First to be constructed will be a technologies building and a student support, research and administration building.
The technologies building is designed as a two storey masonry structure with a floor area of approximately 1500sqm. It will contain workshops, computer labs, and food technology and canteen facilities.
The Student Support, Research, and Administration building will be built of the same materials and design as the technologies building but with a floor area of around 1600sqm. This building will contain a library, study spaces, a seminar room, along with health, counselling, and staff and administration facilities to encourage better interaction between the students and teachers.
As part of the stage one constructions plan, a new access road along the college’s boundary with Nikao Field will also be constructed. A proper drainage and water supply system will be installed for the new buildings and associated civil and landscaping work will be completed.
Tereora College principal Tania Morgan said the new buildings were a huge step ahead for the learning environment for the school, giving students’ ability to learn a real boost.
“The plan represents structural changes for the school in a world where our students need opportunities to compete on the international stage,” said Morgan.
“These structural changes will enable opportunities that are not currently offered here and our academic programmes will be supported with fully functional technology and machinery.
“We believe the students will become the best that they can be, knowing that they deserve the best with the new learning environment and we as a learning community have been tasked with the responsibility to do this for the betterment of our future generations. We are a proud nation and a proud college.”
Tenders for the first stage of construction works will close in August followed by a second tender to be issued for site preparation work which will involve the demolition of buildings that will be replaced within the stage one project site, relocation of the food technology building, and other related site preparatory work.
The Project Steering Group agreed on the separation of contracts earlier this month following discussions to keep the project within budget, and both contracts are expected to be signed in October.
The redevelopment of Tereora College supports the governments’ intention of delivering a 21st century schooling system that will allow Cook Islands children to flourish.
It responds to demands for innovative learning environments that support active student-centred learning, and which offer users flexibility, openness and equal access to resources.