Project Description

St Michael’s Collegiate Middle School, 2008

The expansion of  the St Michael’s Collegiate Middle School on their existing site required innovative architecture and engineering to produce a state of the art modern school facility.

The multi disciplinary engineering team at JMG, together with HBV Architects, designed  the addition to the existing Founders’ Hall on the Molle Street campus, between Macquarie and Davey Street in Hobart.  Extensive refurbishing of Founders’ Hall formed part of the challenge.

JMG provided Structural, Electrical, Data, Security, Fire detection, Hydraulic and Mechanical engineering services.

 Key Issues

– Archaeological ruins found amongst new foundations

– New lift required to service both old and new facilities.

– Designing a modern facility that is compatible with the heritage values of the site and surrounding area.

– Random shape of building footprint on the existing site provided good use of space but also presented challenges for post tensioned slab and roof designs.

For more information about JMG’ structural engineering services, contact Grant Atherton on (03) 62312555 or email

For the project sheet on this project, click here.