Swinburne University Advanced Technologies Centre

Location Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, Hawthorn VIC
Project Completion 2011
Project Size 19,000m2
Project Description Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) is a large multi-sector and multi campus institution with a stated mission to operate as a pre-eminent entrepreneurial University within the Asia Pacific, thriving on new ideas, innovation and knowledge and building on its inter-sector heritage to create value for its stakeholders.
The Advanced Technologies Centre is the most important recent development project undertaken by Swinburne University and consists of 19,000 square metres of floor space for teaching and research. The development is conceived as a single facility with four distinct elements configured within two separated ten level towers behind twin three level structures addressing Burwood Road. A nanoplasmonics facility is accommodated in a basement that occupies the entire site. The ground level is transparent and incorporates an elliptically shaped, glazed auditorium, while an engineering testing laboratory is deliberately located facing the street to showcase Swinburne to the public.

Designed as a mixed mode facility, it operates with natural ventilation for approximately 35% of the year. The building has been awarded a five star Green Star rating and was formally designed and documented to achieve this high standard.
The centre is targeting a 25% reduction in energy consumption for comparable facilities and will be monitored for performance over its life from completion in December 2010.