The Principal of Tarawera High School enquired about a COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area) after seeing a Shade Systems canopy at another school. The school wanted a canopy to cover a courtyard area in front of their ‘whare’, this would give them more covered space. The school had some funds available for the project but decided to apply for a grant and were successful.
Originally we draw up a plan for a PVC Tensile Membrane COLA Canopy. During a BOT (Board of Trustees) meeting, one of the members pointed out that the canopy wouldn’t suit the surrounding buildings. Our design team reconsidered the drawings and changed the design. A steel roofed ‘Ironman’ COLA was offered, with straight lines, pitched roof and architectural flare to match the school buildings.