Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Dandenong High School, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia

Exemplary design categories: flexible learning settings, green school, school/community regeneration

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The new Dandenong High School is a major regeneration project, amalgamating three existing schools with over 2 000 students, representing 66 nationalities. The creation of “school within a school” (SWIS) facilities promotes a sense of educational “place” for up to 300 students. Constructed at two levels to accommodate 150 similarly-aged children, each SWIS has been named and colour-finished accordingly. In addition to general learning studios, adaptable laboratories house both art and science programs and feature work benches that extend beyond the building into outdoor learning areas. Environmental and building performance has been optimised through the provision of ample fresh air and daylight, access to views without the glare, good thermal comfort and acoustics, and natural landscaping to reduce glare and provide shade.

Activity Areas: There are 7 “schools within a school” (SWIS) buildings, each capable of accommodating 150 senior students at ground level and a further 150 students on the second storey

Project costs: AUD 10,000,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"

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