University of Adelaide Plant Accelerator, SA

Duration: February 2009 to December 2009

Value: $15.5 million

Contract type: AS 4000-1997 

Summary:  Built Environs constructed the Plant Accelerator Building at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus at Urrbrae.

The two-level, 4,485 m2 crop research and plant breeding facility has the ability to process 160,000 plants a year.

The structure is enclosed in a proprietary aluminium-framed and Plexiglas-clad greenhouse system, which contains 105 drains in a suspended greenhouse slab that drain water and wash down material away to settling tanks.

Recycled water is used for irrigation with the remainder further filter-drained into the stormwater system. Retention ponds to the northern part of the site collect run-off water to minimise sediment entering the stormwater system.

The ground floor laboratory area was constructed to PC2 and QC2 standards.

Internal works include walling, joinery, furniture, benching and racking. Specialised mechanical, hydraulic and electrical services were included throughout, with a lift linking the two levels.

External works included landscaping, asphalt car parking, loading areas, roadways and kerbs.

The natural fall of the site required extensive battering and application of Shotcrete to stabilise the ground once the suspended slab was completed.

The project received a South Australian Master Builders Association Commercial / Industrial Excellence Award in 2010.

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