The recruitment of Professor Scott O’Neill as the University’s New Dean of Science presented Monash with an opportunity to develop purpose built new research spaces, allowing him to relocate his research from Queensland to Melbourne.
Building 53 – an existing 1980s building – was selected for redevelopment to incorporate offices, PC2 and PC3 (QIC) laboratories, insect containment, support spaces and improvements to the building’s overall functionality. This included fit-out of the offices and laboratories, and upgrades to the stairs, lift and entry.
Additional façade work was undertaken to the west of the building to improve the frontage and its presentation to the Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct. This included the installation of new large format windows with integrated super graphics (based on famous scientists), as well as sun shading.
Roof plant upgrades were also included in the redevelopment along with the upgrade of annexe spaces for future development.
Time, cost, quality and best practice laboratory design principles were of utmost importance in the delivery of the project along with workspaces that are flexible, have low recurrent operational costs and provide a healthy environment to work in.