Client: College of Engineering Sciences, ANU
Date: August 2015
In 2013 AMC were engaged by the ANU to investigate the feasibility of renovating the Craig Building into laboratories and offices for their specialist solar thermal department of the college of Computer and Engineering Sciences (CECS). This initial stage, of a much larger project, was selected to proceed on the basis of a first feasibility submission and subsequent funding. AMC undertook a detailed briefing process to establish CECS short medium and long term accommodation requirements which informed the initial concept design for the project which was completed in late 2014. The detailed design development stages required significant workshopping of highly technical and detailed end-user requirements.
The existing building presented a number of challenges including tight floor to ceiling heights which made overlaying the considerable mechanical requirements problematic and the resolution of which required the construction of significant external plant structures which had to be designed to integrated into the ANU campus and achieve National Capital Authority works approval.
A key achievement of this project is the integration of an experimental “Solar Simulator” (19 lamp array) into a third floor laboratory. This item was fabricated in Germany and was installed by specialist technicians flown over for the work.