Project Description

Location: Canberra, ACT
Client: The Australian National University (ANU)
Architect: Lyons Architects
Value: $240 million

The new Colleges of Science project, located within the Banks Precinct of The Australian National University will provide world class accommodation for the ongoing scientific endeavour of major chemistry and biological sciences teaching and research groups within the University.

The project comprises a new biosciences building and teaching building, along with a new chemical sciences building which will also incorporate refurbished building space. With a strong emphasis on sustainable design, the project incorporates amongst many ESD initiatives extensive rainwater collection, fume exhaust heat recovery and grey and blackwater treatment and recycling. The new and refurbished buildings as well as some of the existing buildings in the Banks Precinct will eventually be connected to a Central Plant Facility (CPF) providing chilled water, heating hot water and recycled water. Canberra’s cool weather means for much of the year the CPF chilled water storage tanks can be recharged using cooling towers at night, significantly reducing the project’s carbon footprint.

Umow Lai is responsible for sustainability (ESD), mechanical, electrical, fire protection, communications, audio visual, vertical transportation, laboratory risk and fire safety engineering services.

The project is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2013.