FIRST LOOK: Adelaide Botanic High School unveils $98 million expansion

Adelaide Botanic High School’s $98 million expansion project is almost complete, with students moving into the new building today.

Adelaide Botanic High School’s $98 million expansion project is almost complete, with students officially moving into the new building.

The expansion of the seven-story building is designed to accommodate the growing student population from Adelaide’s CBD and inner north areas, boasting over 9000 square metres of modern teaching, learning, and operational spaces.

The expansion includes advanced facilities that will improve the educational experiences of its students, such as a rooftop sports area, which will feature views of the CBD. The ground floor will have a café and a dedicated student services reception area, designed specifically for senior students.

Premier Peter Malinauskas and Minister for Education, Training and Skills Blair Boyer were invited on a guided tour by students on Monday. They were given a closer look at the new entrepreneurial hub and state-of-the-art STEM labs that are key to the expansion.

Cox Architecture, the firm behind the award-winning designs of the original Adelaide Botanic High School buildings, was again selected to make sure the new structure complements the existing one. They new building will meet Botanic High’s original vision of sustainability, minimising both energy and water consumption through green design principles.

The current capacity of Adelaide Botanic High School is 1250 secondary students, but with the new expansion, the school will be able to accomodate up to 1950 students.

While students have started to explore the new facilities, the full completion of the building, including additional fit-outs and landscaping, is expected for the end of May.

“The Adelaide Botanic High School expansion project is an important commitment we took to the last election to ensure we are delivering important education outcomes for our young people,” Premier Peter Malinauskas says.

“On my visits to nuclear shipyards in the United States last week, I was struck by the scale of work ahead of us to prepare for AUKUS.
“The simple fact is, we need more girls and boys learning STEM. Many more.
“New state-of-the-art facilities like these will enable more kids to learn science, technology, engineering and maths at a high quality STEM-focused public school, in settings similar to what they will experience in the future workplace.
“There is so much opportunity now for young people here in South Australia and this project is a testament to the importance we place on education and ensuring our young people have the skills they need to enter the workforce and contribute to our state.”

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