Miriam College NUVALI welcomed the new school year with the blessing and unveiling of its green, contemporary Filipino building last June 9, 2014. The building  houses the administrative offices, laboratories, multi-purpose hall and the classrooms of the new students in the pre-school and Grades 1-7 levels who will start classes on June 16.

Welcoming the new students and their parents to the occasion was Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus who assured them that the school “intends to work very, very hard and do our best to deserve your trust and to meet your expectations.” She also challenged the team of NUVALI administrators and faculty, saying, “We have to live up to the Maryknoll/Miriam College name and make MC NUVALI another showcase for teaching and learning, the way we have done in Quezon City.”  The faculty of MC NUVALI is composed of a young and dynamic team with impressive track records in working with children and adolescents in the school’s Quezon City campus.

Present to witness the blessing by Fr. Bobby Mac Roxas, SDB, were members of the MC Board of Trustees led by its chair Josefina Tan with Vice-chair Edith Alcantara and member Sr. Marisa Lichauco, M.M. Also present were MC administrators and representatives from Ayala Land, Inc., Jose Aliling Constructions Management Inc. (JACMI), JSA, and Metropolis.

Designed by green Arch. Dan Lichauco of Archion Architects, the first phase of the building covers a total of 2.7 hectares with emphasis on lush, landscaped grounds, spacious rooms, and energy efficient features that will be complemented by artworks and installations.

MC Nuvali sits on a 15-hectare lot and will be developed in phases.  Every space communes with nature, effortlessly creating  an environment conducive for learning. The green design features forced-air ventilation to ensure cooler classrooms while a dry pond was constructed to help reduce flooding.

Like its Quezon City counterpart, MC NUVALI intends to develop “a school within a forest” with 60-40 ratio of open spaces to structures.

For its interiors, spatial, psychological, physiological and behavioral needs of the students were considered. Classrooms are generously-spaced, bright and airy with high ceilings to give an ambience that is warm and connected to nature. Chair and table arrangements are non-traditional with students facing each other to encourage cooperative learning while at the same time allowing engagement with the teachers.

Highlighting the event was the tree planting by members of the BOT, the MC NUVALI team, and the PC by the building entrance to symbolize new growth for the institution.

The event was capped by an early lunch and a raffle for guests.