Brookfield Multiplex has completed construction of the iconic $200 million Swanston Academic Building at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) in Melbourne’s CBD.
Awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 Certified Rating, the Swanston Academic Building has been designed to significantly reduce energy consumption. Its features include solar panels, rainwater tanks, grey water tanks, double glazing and passively shaded windows, natural ventilation system through primary circulation spaces and user-activated air conditioning and lighting systems to ensure unused areas are not wasting electricity.
The 11 storey building spans 34,350 square metres and incorporates 87 teaching spaces, 10 specialist learning spaces and 12 lecture theatres that have a capacity for up to 360 students and a 180 seat cinema. The building, also home of the College of Business, provides innovative learning and teaching spaces for all RMIT students.
“Brookfield Multiplex is delighted to have worked with RMIT to deliver its vision of a world-class building, offering exceptional amenities and facilities for the University’s students and academics,” said Graham Milford-Cottam, regional managing director of Victoria at Brookfield Multiplex.
Building designers Lyons Architects planned the space as a community hub for students as well as a formal learning space, hence the inclusion of breakout areas for studying and socialising. These art-filled vibrant environments, some of which are indoor/outdoor areas, encourage engagement between students.
Lyons director and RMIT alumnus Adrian Stanic said the Swanston Academic Building connects to the city with “a sense of openness, transparency and energy”.
One standout feature is the geometrical facade, which took more than 15 months to complete with each triangular panel individually made and cut in a different shape and size. “The facade design looks amazing and the installation challenges were overcome due to the collaboration of the project team,” said Milford-Cottam.
Brookfield Multiplex has extensive experience in the education sector with the completion of a number of significant education projects in recent years.
“The education sector has been active for us nationally and we are very excited about the role we can play in shaping education projects. With our depth of experience and expertise, we have the ability to design and construct high performance buildings that not only facilitate quality teaching but also enhance student experiences,” said Milford-Cottam.
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