Facilities play a pivotal role in our delivery of a world-class living and learning experience. Inspiring learning and research spaces, multi-purpose communal areas, best-of-breed accommodation and infrastructure need to be created, maintained and improved.
The College has created a 50-year capital projects strategy to ensure that we continue to have the standard of facilities we need. The plan calls for both new spaces as well as the up-keep of our magnificent heritage architecture.
Preserving Ormond’s heritage
An edited version of this article appeared in the New & Old No.87 December 2013 Page 27. You can view the online copy here.
Long-time Parkville resident Mr Leslie Thompson loved the architecture of Main Building and left a substantial bequest to Ormond in the early 1960s. Although not a former student, Mr Thompson recognised the value of such wonderful architecture and wanted to ensure it was maintained for future generations to enjoy. The Thompson Fund is now a major source of revenue for the College’s building maintenance requirements.
More recently, also appreciative of having lived among buildings of rare beauty, Bill Forrest AM (OC 1964) has recognised that preserving and maintaining its heritage buildings is one of the College’s most significant long-term challenges. Bill’s very significant gift to the Thompson Fund is the first additional contribution to the Fund since its establishment some 50 years ago. While creating spaces such as the award-winning gable rooms enriches the College’s environment, Bill feels that ensuring these buildings will be preserved for centuries to come is equally important.
If you are considering a gift to Ormond, please contact Peter Edwards on +61 3 9344-1249 or via email to discuss how assisting with the development and maintenance of the College buildings might be possible for you.