Queensland University of Technology
A pioneering research, education and community hub.
The redevelopment of the Science and Engineering Centre (SEC) provides state-of-the-art teaching, research and student facilities to position Queensland University of Technology (QUT) at the forefront of higher education within Australia and the international tertiary education market.
Completion date: 2013
QUT appointed Turner & Townsend Thinc to project manage the complete redevelopment of the Science and Engineering Centre. This involved the complete demolition and redevelopment of a major precinct at the QUT Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane. The development extends from the Goodwill Bridge to the Botanic Gardens at the top of the Gardens Point Campus.
The Science and Engineering Centre comprises of two multi-level buildings constructed of concrete and curtain wall facade, linked by shaded and open green space. The first block contains 10 levels including two levels of basement car parking, one level of retail space, two levels of teaching and learning and three levels of research in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as project and laboratory spaces. The second block contains retail, student support services, three levels of research space and a 200 seat function room.
The common podium area connecting the two buildings forms the new campus heart with a bank of fully interactive screens that showcase innovative technologies, and a Microsoft area. Beneath the podium area is a 50 metre FINA-approved pool, as well as a 1,300sqm gym. Other facilities include a student bar, food court, bike centre, state-of-the-art lecture theatres, laboratory and project spaces and bookstore.
Making the difference
- Stakeholder engagement: we undertook a complex stakeholder management process to enable the diverse community of users and stakeholders within the university to provide detailed input to ensure the universities functional requirements were achieved.
- Sustainability: one of Australia’s first Five Star Green Star Education V1 university buildings. The Science & Engineering Centre was designed as a ‘living building’, and as an education tool which showcases the innovative and sustainable engineering techniques used in its construction.
- Innovation: creation of collaborative spaces encourages collaboration between students, academics and industry partners and it is hoped this will translate into innovative teaching and research activities and outcomes.
Turner & Townsend Thinc provided a diverse and integrated skillset in delivering this project for the University. I valued the calibre and commitment of the business and the project personnel in successfully delivering the most complex project undertaken by the university. Their ability to work collaboratively across all stakeholders within the university community was a key aspect of the project success”.Anthony Perrau Former Project Director, Queensland University of Technology