Ms. Eve Orbeta – Principal, St. Francis School – OLAS, Novaliches, QC
The new building at OLAS-C is meant for the Basic Education Department component of the Seminary, College of Novaliches, Quezon City.
Before the turn-over of the building on 21 June 2018, a presentation of the features was shared by Arch. Pablo Suarez. It was a good and comprehensive presentation for the faculty and staff not only to appreciate the structures but explaining why the Basic Education Department was constructed the way it is.
- Universal design
Urban areas are conventionally designed for able adults. However, since this is a school building, there was a need to adopt
the design considering the very young, aged, and all less-abled persons (with disability).
The Universal design included:
- Suitably designed toilets (with special fixtures for children and grab rails for PWD)
- Ramps and landings-with studded tiles to caution the visually impaired person.
- Sustainable design
Awareness of the environmental conditions of the site
- Environmental conditions considered the temperature, prevailing winds, rainfall and flooding.
- The building design allowed opportunities for natural ventilation during cooler months and providing adequate daylight.
- Installation of electric fans for cooler months instead of using the air conditioners; fans may also be used to increase circulation and cooling process.
- Rain water harvesting to minimize need for utility provided water for irrigation.
- Features that are needed for all Basic Education Department
- Natural cross-ventilation during cool months
- Redirecting peripheral winds into classroom doors/windows
- Wire mesh as balustrades to hang plants/decorate a surface for student projects.
- Enough and sufficient surface was provided for TLE projects like school gardening.
- A provision for expansion is well-planned taking into considerations the Franciscan tradition of ecology, taking care of creation.
Thank you for the opportunity to do this. I appreciate much more the way your designed the building you didn’t only make a functional and practical building but an aesthetic structure.