Edith Cowan University Engineering Pavillion

Location

Building 27, ECU Joondalup Campus, WA

Value

$5 million

Architect

T&Z Architects

Project snapshot

Edith Cowan University School of Engineering accommodates structural, civil and geotechnical facilities (including an overhead gantry crane) and a chemical engineering facility with two fume cupboards.

PACT won the project via a competitive tender process.

Overcoming challenges

  • The civil engineering slab required specific restraint points for load testing, posing a significant challenge to our construction delivery.
  • The School of Engineering requested improved tolerances on the location of the restraint points, changing them from ±6mm to ±1mm. To accurately achieve these tolerances, we undertook a detailed design and consultation process with suppliers, subcontractors and the client, finding the optimal solution that included laser-cutting steel and determining a detailed support system for cast-in plates.
  • This type of architectural sun shading had never been done before. We provided some design input in collaboration with other stakeholders to deliver this feature.

Highlights

  • The sun shades on the windows are the building’s greatest architectural feature.
  • The development features maritime, environmental, materials and petroleum engineering labs with specialist equipment.

Features of development

This project utilised a concrete tilt-panel wall construction method with structural steel roof framing and cladding supports. Aesthetically, the building features multiple fresh finishes. Architectural aspects include bespoke, colourful printed Vitrapanel sheets and sun shading to windows.

The development also features limestone retaining walls.

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