Multiplex completes work on Monash University’s biomedical facility in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 28 Nov 2018 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Australian construction company Multiplex has completed the A$81m ($58.6m) Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building for Monash University’s Clayton campus in Victoria.

Designed by architects Denton Corker Marshall, the new building consists of four levels and will provide 11,400m² of modern learning space for Biomedical Science students.

The facility comprises a series of interlocking cuboid blocks known as ‘Flexi Labs’, which act as a hub for students and provide flexible informal and formal learning spaces.

Configured in an ‘L’ shape, the laboratories are built around a central glazed satellite preparation area, providing smaller-scale laboratory environments for 60 to 120 students. The four laboratories can also be combined to provide space for up to 240 students.

The building includes four large ‘Flexi Labs’ built to Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) with integrated AV system.

The building envelope pressure in the laboratories has been tested for a very high level of air tightness. Several large battery machines have been installed on the roof of the building to store energy.

The design element of the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building includes a hanging steel staircase suspended from a skylight truss and connects the various levels of the facility. The biomedical pattern integrated into the East and Western façade is also reflected in the pattern design of the atrium ceiling.

The building has also been designed to achieve a Green Star 5 star Design and Build rating.

Multiplex has installed an intricate feature façade which features a biological frit pattern using a combination of curtain wall glass and solid aluminium panels.

Work commenced in August 2017 and 2,500 people worked on site throughout construction.

Multiplex completed the new A$206m ($149m) Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University in 2017, which includes a large underground carpark and regional transport interchange.

The multi-storey 30,000m² facility at Monash University features a new front door experience for visitors arriving at the university through a new transport interchange.

In April 2016, Multiplex delivered Monash University’s A$145m ($105m) student accommodation precinct, which comprises four new residential buildings providing more than 1,000 studio apartments, with associated retail and student informal learning spaces.

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Image: The Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University’s Clayton campus in Victoria. Photo: Courtesy of Multiplex.

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