Miriam College NUVALI in Laguna is all set to start the construction of its second building two years after it opened its doors to students in the south. The building, which is part of Phase 2 of the school’s 10-year development plan, will cover more than 4,000 sqm and feature 34 classrooms to accommodate the consistently growing number of students there, particularly pre-school to Grade 4. It is scheduled to be finished in May 2017 in time for the next school year.

“We are happy that MC NUVALI’s student community is consistently growing since we officially opened in June 2014. We look forward to the launch of this second building that is especially designed to address the needs of our 21st century learners where classroom layouts encourage innovation, collaboration and creativity,” said Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus.

Groundbreaking rites were held last January 24, 2017.  Present were (in photo, from left) : Arch. Jose Pedro “Bong” Recio, principal architect of Rchitect Incorporated; Christine Joy Q. Corsiga, Benjamin T. Santiago, and Ruby S. Magsino, faculty and administrators of MC NUVALI; Benedicto Siy of Metropolis Construction, Inc.; Josie Tan, Miriam College Board of Trustees chair; Agustin Alvarez, Miriam College Administrative Services director; Dr. Lapus; Cynthia Morales, assistant to the president for MC NUVALI; and  John Estacio, Alviera and NUVALI general manager.

Designed by one of the country’s top architectural firms, the building is especially created to be a green, secure, and conducive place for play and 21st century learning.

“The challenge for us was how to contain the open spaces for security but the site lent some answers. We surrounded the play area or courtyard with classrooms but still opened it to its natural surroundings. The open spaces now become a central space where kids can socialize, engage, and do multiple activities,” explained Arch. Recio.  He also adds that the architecture provides for a distinctive arrangement of classrooms, “with roofs inclined in repetition, echoing a perpetual movement of students within.” Apart from classrooms, the second building will feature rooms for art, reading, playing, prayer, observation, and conferences.

In line with NUVALI’S sustainability initiatives, the design incorporated green building features such as solar panels, rainwater and sunlight harvesting, LED lights, low-volume water fixture, and eco-friendly materials.

Miriam College NUVALI is a co-educational school covered by a 10-year development plan starting with the Basic Education that is now K to 12 ready. Short-term, ladderized programs will be introduced to complement the Basic Education Program. Construction on the 15-hectare lot will be in phases with special emphasis on an environmentally-sustainable school that is safe, student-friendly, and conducive to living and learning. A 50-50 percentage will be devoted to structures and open spaces.  In the pipeline is the construction of a swimming pool.

Apart from its branches in Quezon City and NUVALI, Miriam College will soon put up a third campus in Porac, Pampanga, also in partnership with Ayala Land, Inc.