$2.5m performance centre gets underway
A RECORDING studio, music IT labs and an auditorium will be a part of learning for creative youngsters at Immanuel Lutheran College.
A $2.5 million music and performing arts centre will provide significantly upgraded facilities for music and drama students and theatre groups in the community.
Work will begin on the 900sq m five-storey building this week and be completed by the end of September.
Principal David Bliss said the multi-functional centre was part of the school's 10-year master plan.
"As one of the oldest schools on the Sunshine Coast we're reaching the stage where we're renovating, rebuilding and redesigning," Mr Bliss said.
"We have an overwhelming demand for the arts. We have 300 students involved in instrumental music.
"We didn't want to create a performing arts centre because we wanted to create a fantastic teaching and learning space."
The arts centre will have a level dedicated to music education, music IT labs for computer-assisted composing, a large ensemble rehearsal room, classrooms and a recording studio.
A level above that will cater to drama teaching with an auditorium seating 200, a raised stage, green room, costume storage, props room and classrooms.
"As an educator the most exciting thing is that we're taking really good learning experiences and making them even greater," Mr Bliss said.
"You need to give students the resources to live out their dreams."
Core Architecture and building company Midsons Constructions will start the project at the end of the week, with major "noisy works" to be carried out over the Easter school holidays.