Multiplex has completed construction of the $85 million Tyree Energy Technologies Building at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney which brings together leading edge research and teaching environments in to the one facility.

The 15,000 square metre, six-level building located on Anzac Parade, Kensington, is a state-of-the-art powerhouse for world-breaking research, education and industry collaboration in the development and practical implementation of sustainable energy technologies.


The building uses a number of other energy saving technologies such as the underground labyrinth which provides cooling for the building at no cost and a highly efficient facade. Specific materials were also selected to minimise the environmental impact of the development. Multiplex and UNSW are targeting a 6 Star Green Star Design rating, demonstrating the building as a 'World Leader'.

The building, which is used largely by the Faculty of Engineering, features teaching and learning spaces, workshops and display spaces, research spaces including wet and dry labs and a cafe. Designed to facilitate leading edge research in photovoltaics a state of the art Class 10,000 clean room has also been integrated. This ultra-clean laboratory will be used for the research and development of more efficient silicone chips for PV solar panels.

"We are very pleased to be handing over this impressive project which is the result of a very successful working relationship with UNSW," said Mr David Ghannoum, Regional Managing Director NSW at Multiplex. "From day one, our team collaborated closely with the client to find ways of achieving greater value "“ from design improvements to innovative construction methodologies to our 'Living Laboratory' initiative with students."

The 'Living Laboratory' idea was introduced by Multiplex during construction to give UNSW students a chance to engage with a live site and view in practise the theories they were being taught. This involved site staff conducting regular tours for students, presenting in lectures and assisting with class assignments in which the project was a case study.

The solid working relationship established with UNSW was a key ingredient in the timely delivery of the project. Peter McGeorge, Associate Director (Planning and Development), Facilities Management, UNSW said, "The collaborative approach by Multiplex has been critical to us, as halfway through the construction period, we amended the scope of works. Multiplex embraced these changes with a high level of professionalism and transparency for which we are extremely grateful."