Australian construction and civil engineering company Watpac has won an AUD110m ($81.8m) contract to design and build the new Deakin Law School building at the Burwood Campus.
The project involves the construction of a nine-level building that will provide 20,000m² of teaching and learning spaces, student support and wellbeing spaces, staff workspaces and basement car parking.
The building will feature environmentally sustainable features such as rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency HVAC and lifts and rainwater harvesting, as well as glare control systems and a connection to end-of-trip facilities.
Watpac managing director Martin Monro said: “Watpac understands the specific requirements of creating modern learning environments that embrace the changing way students engage with learning and we are excited to work with our new client in delivering this innovative building.
“The group has the desirable combination of education sector and sustainability experience having delivered almost $1bn of education infrastructure since 2016 underpinned by our commitment to environmentally sustainable design and building practices.”
Work on site is scheduled to begin later in June 2018.
Watpac Construction Victoria State manager Nick Pavlovic said: “Thanks to our integrated approach to design and construction, and our diverse experience in the education sector, this state-of-the-art facility will provide Deakin with an exceptional learning space for years to come.
“We anticipate peak workforce numbers to reach 230 people and estimate the project will be completed by mid-2020.”
Woods Bagot has designed the building with innovative features to enhance the student experience. The project will create a hub for meeting, learning, networking, student wellbeing and student services that will cater to the needs of next generation learners beyond the classroom.
The group’s portfolio includes the Victorian New Schools PPP in Victoria, the Queensland Schools PPP in South East Queensland, specialised university buildings such as Port Macquarie’s Charles Sturt University Campus and the University of New South Wales Joint Health Education Facility, Casey Hospital Expansion, Union Tower and the Jewish Care St Kilda Road Senior Living and Community Precinct.