At Greenline, we design our Covered Outdoor Learning Areas (COLAs) with careful consideration of your requirements, your needs, the space you’re covering and how you want to use it. Think of your shade structure as a canopy. In a forest, the canopy maintains optimum conditions for encouraging new growth. In a school, we also need the best environment to encourage new growth in our students and we now know that our learning environments are critical to achieving good learning outcomes.
COLAs allow for year-round assembly, outdoor play and innovative student learning opportunities with all-weather access to all school spaces. A well-designed, covered outdoor learning area will not only protect staff and students from the suns rays or keep the rain off, this shade option offers the opportunity to take your classroom outside. Research shows that outdoor learning encourages increased interaction and engagement by both students and teachers.
Creating a sun-safe environment will extend the length of time children play outdoors, which is beneficial for focus and attention span when play time is over. COLAs can be a clever and beautiful way to protect your students from the elements while providing shade and protection in a truly multi-purpose space. Good shade also prolongs the life and integrity of playground equipment, surfaces and seating without fade and damage from the sun. It keeps playground equipment cooler and therefore more accessible for children in warmer weather and provides a contemporary, colourful and more engaging visual aesthetic that should complement existing buildings.
COLA sizing can really start as small as you need and the largest can cover huge areas, multiple basketball or sports courts, almost limitless. So, think about use of the space and the possibilities for the use of the space. If it’s being created specifically for learning, then smaller may be more suitable, but multi-purpose will be larger so schools can handle timetabling, assembly options and play activities in one, purpose-designed, all-weather area.
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Materials will be primarily waterproof, membrane or steel. The term COLA has become synonymous with metal/steel roof structures, however for the creation of your Covered Outdoor Learning Area, structure type and covering options are entirely in your hands. You will want to consider your COLA’s primary purpose, and how you would like to vary your learning environment.
Greenline worked to our time line and delivered as per the spec. Their work was what was expected.
Friendly, professional communications and extensive help provided in the grant application process as well as excellent execution of the project.
Extremely easy to deal with. Professional service. Very happy with the completed job.
I find engaging with Greenline completely professional. The customer service is exemplary and the three projects I have been involved in with Greenline gives me confidence in their communication, ability to meet deadlines and appease a customer, quality of work, competency in meeting regulations and OHS measures
I have great confidence in this team/company.
I have used Greenline for a number of years now as I have always found them to provide excellent customer service, great quality and reliability.
I have had a number of shade sails installed by Greenline and our most recent project was a covered walkway to provide extra shelter for our students.
From day one, the walkway was such a big hit, with so many students using it that we actually had to provide extra staff in the area for additional student supervision. Thank you Greenline.
From my first meeting with a Greenline representative I was very impressed with the professional presentation about the company as well as the work they would do and service they would provide if they were to construct our COLA project.
The process relating to construction was very well explained with timelines, contractors details and security and safety measures put in place. Communication throughout the project was regular and informative. Contractors working on site were very co-operative and professional whilst performing their construction tasks.
Overall, the finished product is absolutely great. It has exceeded all our expectations and is now a real asset for the school.
Greenline did a great job here and I would recommend them to any school wanting to develop a COLA.