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The Materials Science and Engineering Building
provides a platform for the UNSW Faculty of Science to operate as Australia’s
leading contributor to materials engineering research and teaching.
The 23,500sqm project comprises eight levels,
including basement, with suites to house sensitive equipment. There are
administration, teaching and learning spaces, a café and research areas,
including laboratories, have been provided. Future fit-out areas have also been
allowed. Works were undertaken in the middle of the busy
campus and material handling and deliveries were part of a detailed and
integrated design, procurement and construction program developed with all stakeholders. With a high water table, foundations were
constructed in water-charged ground. A new sub-station required substantial
redesign to accommodate this. The façade details included GRC blades and these
were modified from the original design to include the curtain wall design. This
negated penetration of the curtain wall significantly reduced the weight and
simplified a major element of the construction.
Health and Safety issues were managed as part of
the high-standard policy implemented by the builder.
The construction of
this building is the result of a series of innovative ideas, approaches,
techniques and tools. Flexibility in design and construction make this building
an excellent example of modern educational buildings.
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