Client: Australian National University
Date: Completed 2013
Originally designed in 1998 as purposed-built laboratory space for incubator projects at the Australian National University, the Innovations Building had been steadily losing tenants for some years and was largely unused. Facilities and Services, with the specific aim of collocating their dispersed functions and to set a new standard for university accommodation, were successful in obtaining significant funding for the refurbishment works and associated integrated fitout. The adaptive reuse of the building from laboratory to administrative space yielded a number of interesting opportunities including a more prominent, logical and convenient front entry adjacent to the John Curtin School of Medical Research, a new interconnecting stair in an existing atrium space and exposed building services. Through a consultative process AMC established a new, predominantly open planned workplace arrangement which is now seen as an appropriate standard across the ANU campus. The refurbishment and integrated fitout incorporates a number of green initiatives including, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, low VOC paints and materials, GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) endorsed furniture and fittings, low energy lighting with day light control, a new mechanical system with increased fresh air and improved building insulation. Although the building has retained its name – innovation now refers to team-based, flexible workplace culture. The project won the 2012 MBA Commercial & Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration More than $5M.