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Local Toowoomba architect firms win Regional Project of the Year with St Joseph's College new science block

St Joseph’s College, Toowomba, is celebrating today with Greg Kratzmann Architects and Sims White Architects with the announcement that the schools new junior science centre and GLA (general learning area) block had won Regional Project of the Year at the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects Awards.

The St Joseph’s College junior science centre and GLA block has also been commended to the State awards, which will be held in Brisbane on Friday June 26.

Greg Kratzmann, Director of Kratzmann Architects said “he understood that the building’s integrity from the design concept through to the detailing was appreciated by the judges.”

Stephen Sims, Director of Sims White Architects said “the judges particulary commented on the quality of the internal spaces, enhancing the experience of teaching and the use of colour and materials also contributed to the win.”

John Borserio, Executive Director of Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Education said “many studies have shown a strong link with the physical environment and improved educational outcomes. Learning spaces can stimulate group teaching and individual learning and I want to congratulate everyone involved in designing and constructing such a building.”

Stephen Sims said “It’s a nice vindication of the processes and the genuine teamwork on the project. We don’t set out to win awards with what we do…rather just to do a good solid job with our client. It is nice when you finish something and think it might be worth an award and then to have that recognised by your peers as well.”

Clem Welch, Principal of St Joseph’s College said “we are extremely happy with the outcome and congratulate all who have been involved from our architects, Kratzmann Architects and Sims White Architects and our builder Northbuild Construction Pty Ltd. We feel that St Joseph’s has won as well as we can deliver the teaching of science in a fantastic new building and learning environment for our students.”

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