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University of the Sunshine Coast - Engineering Futures Building

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The new Engineering Futures Building is designed to continue the Campus tradition for Architectural Excellence established over the last 20 years. The building includes:

New Academic offices

Post Graduate Research facilities, project rooms and Laboratories

Fully integrated IT Collaborative Learning Studios

Full immersion 3D teaching environment

Range of multi modal teaching environments

Large pervasive Student commons area linking teaching rooms

Specialist PC2 laboratories and support

Design studios and high end IT studios.

The building is intended to become the focus and ‘home’ for the new School of Engineering, it will house specialist collaborative design studios, tutorial rooms and collaborative spaces as well as a reception facility and student services centre. 

The tropical climate is conducive to open sheltered non-enclosed common student lounge spaces (similar to a tropical hotel) which are used as student commons to link the teaching learning areas and serve as multi-modal breakout and support spaces.

The project is designed to incorporate a range of structural strategies in its construction as demonstration elements to the students.

In keeping with the requirements of the campus masterplan, the building is to focus on sustainability of design.  Consequently it is designed as 5 Greenstar (as built self assessed).

Full Immersion 3D Studio

The project includes a world leading 3D full immersion studio with ancillary support spaces.  The studio provides a full 3D immersion environment with multiple programmable projectors for up to 20 students.

The facility allows students to create 3D structure or engineering models and test to destruction whilst they are inside the virtual model.  It also allows engineering students to ‘visit’ complex manufacturing and processing plants around the world whilst remaining on campus.  The facility will also be used by Nursing and paramedical students to ‘enter’ a live body or ‘go inside’ a beating heart.

Environmental Sustainability
BHA have worked with WSP as the sustainability leader of the project to develop a range of strategies to meet the 5 Greenstar As Built (self assessed) requirements.  These include:

Reduced area of enclosed, air conditioned spaces

Mixed model HVAC with fan induced thermal chimneys where possible

Displacement AC delivery where possible to reduce energy requirements.

Rainwater collection

Hi-reliance on natural daylighting.

physical size:
cost: $22m
completed: December (expected) 2014

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