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Key Features

  • AIB Award for Professional Excellence Commercial Construction $50m-$100m at State Level - 2014
  • AIB Awards for Professional Excellence Commercial Construction $50m-$100m at State and National Level - 2011

Chemistry Building

The new Chemistry Building, a component of the Colleges of Science Project at the ANU, consists of a three-storey / 2 wing building with 9,100m2 GFA and the refurbished Birt Building with 4,100m2 GFA. The building is being constructed within the “live” campus science precinct. The new building will provide accommodation and compliant laboratory space for the Research School of Chemistry and the Department of Chemistry and the Physical, Synthetic, Biological and Theoretical Chemists.
The new facility will provide:
  • Future proofing of the Chemical Services laboratories to allow for conversion of all or any spaces;
  • Instrument rooms including Mass Spectrometry, Micro Analysis, NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance rooms) and X-Ray laboratories;
  • Chemical store rooms;
  • Various workshop rooms for electronics and glassblowing;
  • Offices, administration, seminar, drop in centre and general meeting areas
Specialist research laboratories including Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry & Experimental laboratories, each distinct and contained from each other. Specialised equipment to be installed by Hindmarsh Construction will include laboratory gas reticulation and equipment including Oxygen, Helium, Nitrogen, Argon, Acetylene, Compressed Air and Carbon Dioxide; Gas detection systems; NMR equipment; Microscopy equipment; X-Ray equipment; Gaseous Nitrogen generation plant and Helium recovery plant.
ESD initiatives & targets for the Chemistry Building include:
  • Adaptive air conditioning;
  • Blackwater Treatment plant to recycle waste water from Chemistry for re-use;
  • Rainwater harvesting and recycling plant;
  • The building design meets GBCA 5 Star Green Star
A new Central Plant facility constructed to provide hot water for heating and chilled water supply to service the building (as well as 6 other buildings in the precinct) 
The facade comprises precast concrete panels with aluminium cladding (alucabond and water shielding) with complex window / glazing systems due to feature glazing in large panels and complex geometric shapes. The facade is integrated with the adjoining Biosciences and Teaching Buildings to create a unified identity for the precinct.