Buildings 303-304 Refurbishment
Duration: October 2008 to November 2010
Construction Value: $3M
After the development of the new Resources and Chemistry precinct at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus, the University sought to revamp and repurpose the old Chemistry lab in Buildings 303-304. After schematic masterplans were developed and feasibility studies were carried out, MPS Architects spent two years creating a stunning new space for both students and faculty.
Buildings 303-304 now provide a number of teaching spaces and house one of three campus computer labs, the Career Centre and the Student and Community Development office.
Main goals of the project
- Refurbish Buildings 303-304.• Replace chemistry labs with teaching spaces.• Extend the existing computer lab.
- Install a new lift and ramps for universal access.• Develop new elevated link from Buildings 306-308.
Refurbishment and rejuvenation
Buildings 303-304 were originally designed and built in the late 1960s. The goal of this refurbishment project was to breathe new life into the existing structures by modernising the facilities and transforming sterile lab spaces into modern, comfortable teaching environments.
The modernisation of Buildings 303-304 included a series of technology installations and updates. MPS Architects established a centrally accessible AV network with a perimeter of data points, electronic lecterns and data projectors.
Issues to overcome
The existing computer lab extensions were carried out in stages so as to minimise the impact on students who relied on the facility. This staged approach allowed the buildings to be re-inhabited as other parts were being completed.
The upgrading of the universal access of Buildings 303-304 was a major priority. Curtin University has a commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all students and the outdated facilities made this difficult. The refurbishment project included the installation of a new glass-panelled elevator and a series of ramps and covered elevated walkways.
The MPS Architects team was led by designer Brett Priest who worked in conjunction with Michael Stewart (Design Development) and Rogerio Cruz (Documentation). Our team worked closely with key Curtin University stakeholders to achieve a stunning outcome.