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School Building Construction

Expert design, project management and construction of learning spaces, classrooms, schools and university facilities

Building Better Schools

At Amicus our major goal as a business is to improve the lives of people through the environments we help create. School construction is no exception. Whether you are undertaking a renovation, refurbishment or a fit out in an education space, we are on hand as your project manager. We like to think of ourselves as not just a construction company in the education sector, but as a curator of learning experiences through the spaces we can influence with great design and build.

Often we work at our best when we are engaged early in helping with strategy, at the master-planning stage, as this gives us the best opportunity to create solutions that meet the long term aspirations of our clients in the school sector. Education environments are designed and built for a generation of students and we see our job as creating a positive generational experience.

An experienced school construction partner

The success of the implementation of the construction stage of an education project is often a direct reflection of the cohesiveness of the planning and design stages. Great strategy leads to great design, and great design leads to successful construction. We’re here to project manage this journey for you.

Amicus work best with an early engagement model whereby construction advice becomes an intrinsic part of the design journey. This way the importance of buildability is amplified early in the project cycle. We call this "Design & Construct".

Construction and project management in education spaces, in schools and Universities, and across different spaces, for example classrooms, laboratories and libraries, needs careful planning, particularly at live operational sites, where the safety and integrity of the learning environment needs to maintained as the highest priority.

We work in all school environments from kindergarten through to Primary, and High School, in the public and private sectors, and in universities.

Whether your project is at inception, or beyond, or perhaps you have a project that needs rescuing, we are primed to partner with you. The successful completion of projects in this sector represents some of Amicus’ most rewarding work.

It's Roll Call Time!

We want to help you, whether you need a project manager to help with refurbishment or fitout of a school building or classrooms, or whether you just need some sound advice on the viability of a project. We are not just a building company with a great design team, for us how an education space functions, from an learning and interaction standpoint, is as important as how it looks. Our team also have extensive experience in technology solutions, which we call digital furniture.

Our consultative approach to business, in particular our strategy led approach to making the right project decisions, means that initially we are excited to just have a conversation with you to establish if our particular skills match your particular aspirations.

Let’s have a chat!

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Our Team
  • Experience Counts
    Robert Frost once said, "How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?".

    Perhaps this is the most poignant way to introduce the level of experience that resides in the Education transformation team at Amicus. They have been there and they certainly have done it, but like all good educators, what always occurs to them is that the paradigm of learning is, and always will, be an infinite journey of discovery.

    The irony of the concept of experience is that it is beautifully vivid and somewhat essential for progress, but also a perpetual dream that we can never quite wake up to.
  • Steve Collis
    Education guru, award-winning teacher and Director of Innovation at the Sydney Centre for Innovation In Learning, Steve Collis joined Amicus in 2016 to lead its Strategy team across all sectors.

    Steve left the silo of education to take on a dream role at Amicus, providing human-centred research and visioning to underpin the creation of all new environments.

    His unstoppable obsession remains unchanged: how to achieve transformation not by willpower or effort, but by working with a single astonishing truth: what surrounds us in our environment exerts a powerful, and perhaps ‘harness-able’, force! The shape of our environment ultimately shapes us.
  • Sophie Fenton
    An educator, innovator, founder, researcher and strategist, education pioneer Sophie’s repertoire includes whole school design, curriculum adaptation and pedagogy innovation.

    She brings the experience and expertise of creating and launching schools, developing staff and designing innovative education programs to the Education strategy team at Amicus.

    Sophie is highly experienced in end-to-end design, from considerations of the physical spaces to the learning and teaching that happens in them.

    Drawing on her education expertise, Sophie tailors new environments through co-design and facilitates change through learning. She is inspired when working with leaders, teachers and learners to create spaces and experiences where they can flourish and their schools and universities can thrive. To learn in the best place, you have to place yourself with the learned.
  • Joseph Meilak
    A professional building practitioner, registered architect, director and educator, Joseph Meilak’s experience spans over 23 years within the building industry.

    As Senior Design Manager and Client-side Project Manager, Joseph brings with him an extensive and active client portfolio, specialising in private and government educational facilities in early learning, primary, secondary and special needs.

    After graduating in Building Design and Drafting with outstanding Honours, he studied Interior Design & Decoration, Project Management and completed a Masters in Architecture (Design), before establishing his own architectural practice. The sheer breadth of Joseph’s experience has merited his label of “all rounder”, and top it all off, he is an educator too – designing, delivering, and assessing courses at two universities.

What We Do
  • Education Strategy Consulting
    We’re experts at uncovering how every puzzle piece fits together to enable your school or university’s purpose to become an actionable plan.

    Our education consultants know how to engage a room of leaders, of teaching staff, of students or of parents and find insights and directions that everyone can embrace.

    Our ‘Touchline’ method provides an integrated scaffold that is guaranteed to yield actionable answers – showing how pedagogy and teacher development fits with the set up of the learning environment and technologies to enable your vision to come true at a practical, moment to moment level.
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  • Learning Environment Design
    Design takes you on a journey of creativity and inspiration that stays anchored to the learner experience.

    We not only offer our own in-house classroom design and school design expertise, we also regularly join forces and collaborate with a curated network of industry-leading designers and architects.

    We’re especially interested in marrying the most progressive potentials of innovative learning environments with the lived experience and practicalities of learners and teachers.
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  • School and Learning Space Construction
    We are highly experienced builders, having completed countless highly successful construction projects from minor interior fitouts through to massive ground-up infrastructure (we rebuilt Daydream island in a recent $70 million project).

    Our speciality is in integrating design and build with careful integration between the budget, design, and timeline.

    To set up your school building construction for success, we recommend early engagement in the role of project manager. Whatever your situation, get in touch and let’s see how we can assist.
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  • Technology
    Education technology is an intrinsic component of learning environments. The technology, space, and pedagogy can work together to empower learners and open up incredible learning possibilities that will prepare students for an ever evolving digital world.

    We have an expert team of technologists who are fully fluent and up to date in the latest and best practice solutions for classroom technology.

    When they are not consulting in education they are consulting with Australia’s top workplaces, so you know the solutions will be aligned with the world in which your students will thrive.
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Latest Projects
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Education Provider (Confidential)
Metroplex Ave, Murarrie
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St Catherine's School
Albion St, Waverley
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Association of Independent Schools of NSW
York St, Sydney
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Ravenswood School
Gordan, Sydney
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International Grammar School
Ultimo, Sydney
People are enthusiastic to be here. You can tell there is a sense of belonging here that we didn’t have in our previous environment - it’s been a fantastic move.
- Jamie Davidson, Jamf
I feel that Amicus is working with us, Amicus have our interests at heart.
- Aaron Alphonso, Macquarie Media
The collaborative and engaging environment created by the Amicus project team, enabled an easy working relationship to be developed which made the entire build process simple, easy and non-combative.
- Laurette Chang-Leng, IHG
I have worked with many fitout companies but can honestly say that I have never come across anyone like Amicus! The team are so attentive and really know how to make your client feel extremely special.
- Diem Bui, Coles

Clients we work with

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Profile: Education Spaces 2020
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