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Curtin University Centre for Crop and Disease Management

Hydraulics, electrical, and fire services engineering for a specialist research facility

  • $44M

    Project Value

  • Perth, Western Australia

    Perth, Western Australia

We helped design several building services features that support the elimination of contaminants and meet energy and water targets

Curtin University's Centre for Crop and Disease Management, also known as Building 304, is arranged over four storeys and provides two full levels of QC2 laboratories plus a shared third level of QC2 and QC3 labs.

Our hydraulics, electrical, and fire services engineers were engaged to consult on this specialist research facility. Many of the features were designed to prevent the ingress or colonisation of insects or to eliminate contaminants in compliance with Department of Agriculture guidelines. The QC2 and QC3 laboratories are sealed around joints, cracks, and cavities and penetration plate designs have been modified. Within the QC3 area, the ceiling trunking integrates the lights, fire detectors, CCTV, speakers (PA), and motion sensors. QC3 also demanded specific electrical installations for CCTV coverage and interfaces, double communication methods and complex fire management access, and a bespoke thermal waste treatment system for all wastewater. Other hydraulic features include a reverse osmosis treatment plant with circulation loop, incorporating fully by-passable outlets and zones.

We took great care to design the Building 304 services in compliance with Curtin University's rigorous Sustainability Design Guidelines and meet their specific energy and water targets.

At a Glance

Offices
Architect
Silver Thomas Hanley
Award
2017 MBA Excellence in Construction Awards, Special Mention – Best Building fitout
Award
2017 MBA Excellence in Construction Awards; Subcontractor of the Year Award for Cladding
Meet Our Team

Grant Sheppard, Senior Electrical Project Engineer, Principal

I enjoy engaging with the design team on complex projects, contributing to imaginative design, and introducing technical innovation.
Grant Sheppard Senior Electrical Project Engineer, Principal Read More

Stephen King, Fire Section Manager, Principal

Mixing prescriptive with performance-based design, I like to be involved in technical detail without losing focus on the big picture.
Stephen King Fire Section Manager, Principal Read More

Ralf Boepple, Hydraulics Section Manager, Principal

I love the challenge on each project and working with the client and project team to deliver a first-class service.
Ralf Boepple Hydraulics Section Manager, Principal Read More

Prasanna Suraweera, Sustainability Section Manager, Australian Discipline Leader, Director

There are a thousand sustainability options out there and I love finding the right path to meet the client’s needs.
Prasanna Suraweera Sustainability Section Manager, Australian Discipline Leader, Director Read More

Michael Matrakis, Electrical and Vertical Transportation Project Engineer, Principal

I enjoy designing and refining efficient engineering solutions—seeing them in built form functioning as intended is rewarding.
Michael Matrakis Electrical and Vertical Transportation Project Engineer, Principal Read More

Grant Sheppard

Senior Electrical Project Engineer, Principal

Stephen King

Fire Section Manager, Principal

Ralf Boepple

Hydraulics Section Manager, Principal

Prasanna Suraweera

Sustainability Section Manager, Australian Discipline Leader, Director

Michael Matrakis

Electrical and Vertical Transportation Project Engineer, Principal

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