Penleigh and Essendon Grammar is a Uniting Church School for boys and girls with campuses located in Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Keilor East. PEGS senior school (shown) designed by McBride Charles Ryan architects has been recently shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival – Schools award.
The project is based on an 'infinity symbol', a shape that allows the facility to be structured around two open courtyards. This in turn enhances the learning spaces access to light, views and ventilation. At the heart of the infinity is the library and student learning centre. Specialist precincts, Art, Science and huge variety of learning spaces are distributed throughout the form.
Colt worked with acclaimed builders Construction Engineering to design and install fixed, horizontal sun shade louvres through the school with a triple panel system covering the main central library. The main design & manufacturing obstacle to overcome was the fact that most panels had to be curved to match the buildings unique infinity shape.
This type of solar shading system is constructed using a sandwich honeycomb aluminium panel system which is extremely light, yet without compromising on strength. It was fixed back to the window frames and mullions using purpose built ‘C’ channel clamps, flat panel facia connectors and stainless steel vertical rods to compensate for wind loads as part of the installation.