Here is a chance for you to glimpse the progress we’ve made on the building so far.
On Sunday, 12 August 2012, the new building was officially opened by the Archbishop Rev Dr Peter Jensen in the presence of Macquarie University’s Chancellor, the Hon Michael Egan, other distinguished guests and friends of the College.
On 12 February 2012 RMC opened the new building to students.
By the middle of February RMC will be welcoming many new and returning students. The furniture is being installed in preparation and final interior touches are being made.
Whilst the rain in Sydney has been a consistent obstacle to the builders this summer, they have begun work on the stairs to the new courtyard. The new S Block common rooms are progressing well.
Now that the new building sits where the student carpark used to be, the ground is being prepared to ashphalt the new RMC student carpark. Final preparations are also being made to the exterior of the building.
At the start of the new year the action is mainly on the inside of the building. The kitchens are being installed, carpet is being laid and walls are being painted.
In October the scaffolding has started to come down and a sneak peek of the new building’s exterior colours is visible. The walls for the new substation that will power the new building behind are also complete.
On 10 September Macquarie University held its annual Open Day. RMC provided tours of the College which included visiting a display ensuite room in the new building. 1 room down, approximately 101 to go!
On 17 August another milestone was achieved when the very last concrete slab was poured!
In early August there were only 2 concrete slabs to go – the roofs N and S Block. The view from the back of the College has also changed.
In May the structure of the building is beginning to take shape. The formwork for “S” block has been laid, meanwhile “N” block walls are rising after the first concrete slab was laid. The construction of the staircase for “N” Block has also begun.
In April the traffic to the new building site has led to some interesting driveway situations. As pictured below, an extremely large concrete pump was required to pour the concrete for the base of a lift that will allow disabled access to all levels of the new building. Concrete has also been poured to create a 100 000L capacity retention tank that, in the interests of sustainability, will eventually collect roof water to irrigate the College grounds.
On 3 March RMC held a Turning of the First Sod Ceremony. In attendance was Mr Victor Dominello (State MP Ryde), Dr Peter Dodd (Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University), Cr Ivan Petch (Deputy Mayor of Ryde), Dr Rob Mackay (Chairman of RMC Board), Prof Chris Bellenger (current Master of RMC), Bishop Paul Barnett (Master of RMC 1979-1989), Assoc Prof Stuart Piggin (Master of RMC 1990-2004).
In February, the builders began to move on site.
At the end of January preparation of the grounds began.
Here are the photos before construction started.