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
The objective of the Science and Engineering Centre redevelopment was to provide state-of-the-art teaching, research and student facilities to position QUT at the forefront of higher education within Australia and the international tertiary education market, and also to facilitate extensive collaboration with the private sector through joint research activities.
QUT appointed Turner & Townsend Thinc to project manage the complete redevelopment of the $230m Science and Engineering Centre. This involved the complete demolition and redevelopment of a major precinct at the QUT Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane.
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.
- 6,000m2 of new integrated teaching and commercial research space.
- 5,000m2 of student services, administration and retail facilities.
- Integration with surrounding heritage precinct.
- Substantial and pioneering technological and sustainability initiatives.
One of the unique features of the Science and Engineering Centre is ‘The Cube’, an open plan space over two levels in the main public area with a bank of fully interactive screens that showcase innovative technologies, and a Microsoft area, which allows sample use of the company’s most recent products.
Making the difference
- Stakeholder engagement: we undertook a complex stakeholder management process to enable the diverse community within the university to provide detailed input to ensure the university’s functional requirements were achieved.
- Delivering sustainable outcomes: one of Australia’s first Five Star Green Star Education V1 university buildings. The Science & Engineering Centre was designed as a ‘living building’, and has an education tool which showcases the innovative and sustainable engineering techniques used in its construction.
- Innovation: creation of collaborative spaces encourage 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”.