University of Adelaide's Innova 21, Australia

As part of an ambitious development programme, the University of Adelaide wanted to create a world class facility to attract and retain students in the areas of mathematics, computer science and engineering - to be called Innova21.

Aurecon was engaged to provide coordinated specialist structural glazing facades, as well as structural and civil engineering services from concept to project completion. 

Our team played a leading role in value management workshops during the design phase, offering real savings options while maintaining the project’s overall aesthetic and quality.

We provided advanced analysis and design of ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) roof trusses above the exhibition area, finite element analysis of cantilevered steel stairs and high order analysis for profiled concrete beams within the floor structure.

Our specialist structural glass group provided full design and documentation for the glazing package, including structural glass for the exhibition space’s entry structures, glass floors in the winter gardens and curtain wall framing.

An innovative diaphragm wall construction minimised disruption to the existing adjacent services, provided a water-tight basement and maintained the tight construction programme. 

A stormwater collection system was designed to harvest roof water, with seven large thermal chimneys providing natural ventilation. 

Various monitoring devices were also developed and installed throughout the structure, which allows the building itself to be used as a teaching tool. 

Aurecon produced a world class building that exceeded the client’s requirements and has been warmly received by staff and students.

Our environmentally sustainable design (ESD) achieved Australia's first six star Green Star rating for an educational facility from the Green Building Council of Australia.

In 2011, Aurecon was recognised for its design of the building with a certificate of recognition in the Building (non-residential) category from Consult Australia and a commendation in the Buildings and Structures category by Engineers Australia's South Australia Division.

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