Project Description

Project Name: The Melbourne Veterinary School, Learning & Teaching Building

Location: Werribee, Victoria

Value: $63M

Umow Lai Disciplines:

  • Electrical
  • Audio-visual
  • Security
  • Fire Detection
  • Fire Engineering
  • ESD

The $63 million-dollar redevelopment of the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital has enhanced the facilities for pet treatment and training for future veterinarians at the Melbourne Veterinarian School. The purpose-built facility will continue to provide world-class treatment for pets and the best possible experience for owners, ensuring that the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural science continues to provide the only Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Victoria.

The new facility includes a five-storey learning and teaching building, encompassing the refurbishment of the existing building 418 and a two-storey extension to the front of the Veterinary Hospital, improving pedestrian access, lighting and security and an upgraded car park. The user requirements across the site were varied, ranging from collaborative teaching spaces with the need for significant technology to surgical areas, such as the emergency department with critical electrical services requirements.

The project required site-wide infrastructure upgrades, including a new substation, there was complex audio-visual systems incorporated and specialist lighting design to provide a high-level of colour rendering and control. Tight construction timeline meant that design and equipment selections needed to be considerate of the completion date and ultimately the project was delivered in time for the June 2019 opening.

“Project was challenging due to a number of reasons including the various stakeholder groups, latent conditions and complex requirements due to the nature of the facility. However, working closely with the design team and Client, these challengers were overcome, and a great facility was delivered to not only benefit students, but also the local community. An extremely rewarding project to be part of” Andrew Foley, Umow Lai Project Leader.

Photography courtesy of The University of Melbourne, Adrian Vittorio and Joe Vittorio.