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A New Era at the Jes Galway - Old meets New ….. A Major School Refurbishment and Extension in the heart of Galway city.  

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Switch Distribution worked closely with BDP Engineering Services & Moran Electrical to install our Energy Saving Lighting Control system in each classroom, corridor & back office on the new campus. The two GP Halls have state of the art scene setting lighting controls for every indoor sport played & theatrical plays on the stage area. 

Our C-Tec range of wheelchair accessible toilet alarms links every building providing accessible services when & where they are needed by the end user. 

This major school refurbishment and extension was particularly important project to the staff of Switch Distribution as it’s was our co-founder Iain O'Brien's old alma mater!  Iain sadly passed away last November and we are proud to be associated with such a project with Iain in mind. 

The current pupils of the Jes, plus future generations will have a renewed internal canteen Thumbnail0and rejuvenated school campus that is up to date, yet steeped in tradition and ethos. 

Care was given to the selection of suitable sites for the O’Reilly Building and the Jesuit community residence in order to maintain space for a major central campus building. This new building, which opens onto Sea Road will incorporate and preserve the Andrew’s building and become the entry point and hub for school life. 

Once completed, the new facilities together with extensive site works, will provide for the needs of a modern second level college that serves just over 600 students and staff. 

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  •    Andrews Building and Andrews Extension
  •    New Entrance Atrium and facilities for parents and visitors
  •    Two large multi-purpose demonstration rooms
  •    IT Suite
  •    Two Major Sports Hall and weights room with accommodation for all sports and theatre facilities
  •    Chapel with offices for school chaplain
  •    Nine classrooms
  •    Home Economics Suite
  •    Administrative offices, staff room and parent/teacher meeting room
  •    Store rooms and ancillary spaces

Griffin Building

The project will also involve the refurbishment of the Griffin Building (now over 40 years old) including the entrance hallway, 17 classrooms as well as special laboratories for arts, languages and a remedial teaching centre.              

Site Improvements

The development and restoration of the entire site following construction will provide for a new sports field at the centre of the campus. A new student courtyard will be created between the Andrews Extension and the Church.

Quality and Environmental considerations BDP Engineering Services have chosen materials for the building, which are suitable for the heavy wear and tear of school life, but with artistic heritage of the site and longevity and environmental considerations to the fore.

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