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Key Features

  • ECI Then Managing Contract.
  • GBCA 5 Star Green Star Design.
  • Leading international research laboratory and teaching facility.
  • The large volume of pedestrian traffic around the site was a significant safety issue that was successfully managed with no incidents occurring during the course of the work.

$86m Australian National University Biosciences Building

The Biosciences Building was the first building to be completed in the $240M ANU Colleges of Science Precinct. It houses the ANU Research School of Biology and is world class research laboratory and teaching facility. The building also includes office and amenities areas.

The site for the Biosciences Building is located adjacent the main ANU student hub and is surrounded by lecture theatres, research laboratories and a student library. The large volume of pedestrian traffic around the site was a significant safety issue that was successfully managed with no incidents occurring during the course of the work.

To ensure the building’s 16 constant temperature rooms met the required operational criteria, Hindmarsh Construction and the consultant team developed a prototype. The prototype demonstrated that the stringent temperature control requirements (± 1º with minimal stratification) and the tight restrictions on airflow necessary to prevent damage to plant materials during the experiments could be achieved.

The PC2/QC2 certification process involved extensive consultation with the building users. Hindmarsh Construction and the ANU collaborated to enable construction and commissioning of the PC2/QC2 spaces early, so the three month certification and inspection process, originally scheduled to occur after handover, was achieved before Practical Completion.

A significant amount of ‘specialist equipment’ was installed, such as plant growth cabinets and autoclaves. This required interface with other specialist systems installed within the building such as, the reserve osmosis water generation plant for the plant growth cabinets and the steam boiler for the autoclave.

The building incorporates extremely complex facade elements, with a mix of digitally moulded precast panels, high performance glazing, lightweight aluminium panelling installed with complex geometric patterns and recycled timber sunshades.

ESD initiatives & targets for the Biosciences Building include:
  • Adaptive air conditioning;
  • Blackwater Treatment plant to recycle waste water for re-use;
  • Rainwater harvesting and recycling plant;
  • Lighting control systems including sensors, timers and low energy lamping with electronic ballasts; and
  • 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).