University of Western Australia Biomedical Research Facility, WA

Duration: April 2005 to September 2006

Value: $17 million

Contract type: AS 4000-1997 Lump Sum

Summary: Built Environs (formerly Perth Building Company) constructed this landmark 4,200-m2 research facility with laboratories and specialist rooms on the operational Shenton Park campus of the University of Western Australia.

The Biomedical Research Facility is a large single-level building featuring laboratories and holding areas to meet the growing demands of high quality biomedical research and training in Western Australia.

The new facility includes physical containment level 2 (PC2) laboratories, two PC3 laboratory areas, holding areas for small animals, a training lab, administration offices, research library and study room, meeting rooms, change facilities, wash-up and sterilisation facilities and stores.

The building was designed as a barrier facility with a number of separately controlled entry points and zones to ensure that researchers and staff working in different areas do not risk cross contamination.

The building was constructed on a 1.17 hectare site within strict guidelines to achieve a state-of-the-art facility classified for the proposed research to be carried out. A sophisticated security and lock system restricts movement between zones to eliminate cross contamination between the research areas.

As part of the University of Western Australia’s sustainable energy and renewable resource policy, recycled crushed concrete and limestone was used in all external and some internal stabilised earth walls.

The project reaped numerous awards in 2007, including four excellence awards from the Master Builders Association.

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