Building 311 SuperLab PC2 Pilot Project, Curtin University, Bentley
Architect : with_architects
Builders : SHAPE
Project Value : $8.16m (confirmed by with_ architects )
Completed : 2020
This project serves as the prototype of the SuperLab concept to improve the educational experience of Curtin University’s Health Sciences and Science & Engineering students. The new facility enables teaching across faculties and builds a culture that supports multidisciplinary science. Innovation and interactivity are part of the core objectives of this SuperLab pilot.
The Building 311 SuperLab PC2 Pilot Project involved the refurbishment of the northern section of Building 311. It is an addition to the existing concrete framed Applied Science building built in 1978.
Sections of the existing first floor slab & beams were modified to allow for the extensive air-conditioning ductwork required for the high-level laboratory. The work included removing large sections of the bottom of beams and provide steel support beams on the roof slab.
The new steel structure spanned column free over the laboratory with the western third of roof supporting 28T of plant equipment. The northern roof cantilevers 3.9m with a fascia providing sunshade to the windows. Extensive screening and support structure is provided on the east side to the fume cupboard exhaust stacks,
Some features of the new facility include :
- A Flexible SuperLab for up to 96 students that can sub-divide into halves or quadrants for separate teaching spaces. The SuperLab includes wet benches, sinks and biosafety cabinet work stations for many of the Lab tasks to common subject areas
- An additional Dry Lab that accommodates 12 students
- An interactive Student Hub for students to collaborate between classes
- A preparation Area, Cool Room and a BSC II Zone
- Upgrades to existing amenities including toilets and meeting room, in addition to key infrastructure and compliance works
The stylish and practical building is now serving the needs of Curtin students and faculty promoting deeper engagement with the Science curriculum.