Umow Lai is associated with another highly rated Green Star project: the M² Building and The Plasso at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes Campus. In early February, it was awarded a 5 Star Green Star Education Design v1 Certified Rating from The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

It is not the first such prestigious educational project that the Australian-owned consultancy has been associated with.

The firm was also engaged on the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace Campus, awarded the first 6 Green Star Education rating in Australia and the University of Tasmania’s’ new Medical Science 2 (MS2) building, the first in that State to achieve a 5 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 Green Star rating.

Rebecca Patterson, an Associate of Umow Lai who led the firm’s M² project team said: “It seems only reasonable that creative science and new technologies were housed in such an innovative building and we are delighted with this recognition from the GBCA.”

From the outset, the $50 million, 7,300m2 building for the Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the University’s Mawson Lakes Campus was designed to be highly sustainable with elements designed to dramatically cut carbon emissions. The building houses innovative, multidisciplinary laboratories and learning spaces.

Factors that helped it achieve the 5 Star rating included site orientation, façade treatment, material selection and sustainable building services beingactive chilled beams in offices, active mass cooling and fabric sock air diffusers in laboratories, under floor displacement air distribution in the immersive “theatre in the oval”, efficient electronically controlled light; efficient low flow , rainwater harvesting with option of tapping into Mawson Lakes reclaimed water loop for applications such as landscape irrigation, rain gardens and permeable paving

Umow Lai worked on the M² project with architects John Wardle Architects and Swanbury Penglase in association with Bestec.