Multiplex tops out $81 million biomedical facility at Monash University
Multiplex, a leading global contractor, has reached a major construction milestone ‘topping out’ the $81 million Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building for Monash University at its Clayton campus in Victoria.
Designed by high-profile architects Denton Corker Marshall, the new building spans four levels, plus a lower ground floor and roof plantroom, and will provide a total of 11,400 square metres of state-of-the-art learning space for Biomedical Science students.
“We are delighted to have reached this key construction milestone on schedule and continue our ongoing collaboration with Monash University,” said Graham Cottam, Regional Managing Director Multiplex Victoria.
“This building is just one of the groundbreaking aspects of the new Learning and Teaching precinct and we are proud to play a pivotal role in delivering the University’s vision for higher education through revolutionary learning spaces.”
An innovative pedagogical solution will be presented in four ‘flexi labs’ within the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building. Configured in an ‘L shape’, these laboratories will wrap around a central glazed satellite preparation area providing smaller-scale more intimate laboratory environments for 60 to 120 students. Alternatively, the four laboratories can be combined to provide a larger space for up to 240 students.
Highly specified, some of these new laboratories will be built to Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) and the façade will be pressure tested to ensure it has a high level of air tightness.
A striking element of the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building’s design is a hanging steel staircase that will be suspended from a skylight truss and connect the various levels of the facility.
Approximately 3,750 cubic metres of concrete has been poured during construction with each level divided into three pours. Throughout the project an electric hammerhead tower crane has been utilised to reduce noise and minimise impact to the surrounding educational buildings.
According to Multiplex, a total of 516 people have worked on-site to date. Construction of the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building commenced in August, 2017 and the project is scheduled for completion in November, 2018.
Challenges faced during construction to date include the installation of an intricate feature façade, which features a complex biological frit pattern using a combination of curtain wall glass and solid aluminium panels.
Multiplex recently completed the new $206 million Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University encompassing a large underground carpark and regional transport interchange.
The multi-storey 30,000 square metre facility is a cornerstone project at Monash University featuring a new front door experience for all visitors arriving at the University through a new transport interchange. Awning structures will provide pedestrians and bus patrons with generous shelter while complimenting the varying context of the Learning and Teaching Building façade screens and landscape features.
Multiplex also delivered Monash University’s $145 million student accommodation precinct in April, 2016. The precinct comprises four new residential buildings providing a combined total of more than 1,000 studio apartments, with associated retail and student informal learning spaces.
The contractor has also been responsible for delivering some of the most high-profile and technically advanced education facilities in Victoria including the $200 million Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Swanston Academic Building in Melbourne’s CBD and the $100 million Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building (FABP) in Parkville.