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. Groundbreaking rites were held last January. 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.
“MC Nuvali’s student community’s has been growing consistently since we opened in 2014. We are glad to be located in an estate that shares the same vision as ours. We aim to provide a learning environment that is open to natural surroundings, encouraging innovation, collaboration and creativity.” said Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus.
With 2,290 hectares that sits in the cities of Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna, it’s considered as Ayala Land’s largest sustainable estate with approximately 50% of the land is dedicated to green and open spaces. It offers residential, business, educational, recreational, and institutional facilities to its community and beyond.
“We designed Nuvali with the needs of society in mind. We realized that people around the world are starting to feel the effects of climate change and the lack of economic and developmental opportunities. We wanted to redefine urban living as sustainable and able to flourish,” said Estacio.
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.
Floor to ceiling windows will be installed to gain maximum lighting while the roof is designed for solar panels and for collecting rainwater for recycling, according to Arch. Recio, Principal Architect of Rchitect Incorporated. The overall aesthetics of the building also followed the natural, rolling terrain of NUVALI, maximizing views, lighting, and functionality. In the pipeline is the construction of a swimming pool.
“The challenge for us was how to contain the open spaces for security but the site lent some answers. We surrounded the play area 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. We also planned the zoning properly to fit the different age groups,” explained Arch. Recio. Apart from classrooms, the second building will feature rooms for art, reading, playing, prayer, observation, and conferences.
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.
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.
The estate provides residents and employees the opportunity to attain balance between work and leisure through access to infrastructure, leisure and learning areas such as a BPO campus, commercial and retail centers, ravine parks, a multi-functional lake and schools such as Xavier School and Miriam College among others.
To get to Nuvali, one can take any of the five South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) exits at Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa, Eton-Greenfield, Silangan, and Canlubang. Nuvali is also easily accessible via public vehicles from major centers like Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Balibago.
(L-R): 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; Cynthia Morales, assistant to the president for MC NUVALI; Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College President; and John Estacio, Alviera and NUVALI general manager.