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University of Melbourne, Building 184 Laboratories

Renovating a microbiology building to meet stringent standards

  • $10M

    Project Value

  • Melbourne, Victoria

    Melbourne, Victoria

A collaborative, advanced space for researchers, faculty, and students

When the University of Melbourne set out to extensively refurbish their Parkville campus microbiology building, we provided engineering design and intensive construction phase management. We’d done a series of projects with the University before, and our team’s high level of technical understanding across physical containment (PC2) and biosecurity containment (BC2) construction requirements meant we were well positioned to help.

The challenge? The building was aged and its services were dated. To comply with PC2 standards, our team had to upgrade all services within the building shell. Meeting these compliance requirements would allow the microbiology building to include specialised veterinary science research as well as gene technology research.

Our team only had a few months before construction had to start, but the fully compliant design was delivered within the tight timeframe. Given the highly technical nature of the project—and the collaborative construction management model—we were directly involved through project completion. With our presence during the construction phase, we were able to protect the University of Melbourne against significant time delays or budget overruns, which ensured researchers could get in to use the facilities on time.

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