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Premier Alan Carpenter opens ECU's award winning Library and ICT Building

Thursday, 05 June 2008

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The new Library and ICT Building at Edith Cowan University (ECU) Joondalup has been officially opened today by the Honourable Alan Carpenter MLA, Premier of Western Australia.

Mr Carpenter toured the library, 200-seat e-lab, bookshop, study areas and ICT facilities with ECU Chancellor, the Honourable Dr Hendy Cowan and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox.

The striking $35 million complex was designed by JCY Architects and Urban Designers to symbolise the university's commitment to innovation and its vibrant and contemporary approach to education.

The four-storey building caters for 6,500 students with a range of work areas including private study areas, computer labs, group meeting rooms, student lounges and courtyards.

The Library and ICT Building has already won a number of awards including the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (WA) Best Building in the 2007 Public Architecture Awards, the RAIA for Public Architecture Award and the Royal Institute of British Architects International Award.

The building incorporates sustainable design features including the use of natural light, energy efficient air conditioning and water-wise bathrooms. Bright coloured aluminium fins wrap around the buildings exterior creating a stunning visual effect and providing sun protection.

Opening the building, the Premier said the library, the centrepiece of any academic institution, has been redefined at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup.

"It is a great example of the kind of building, thoughtfully and tastefully executed, that the community should expect in Western Australia" he said.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says the University strives for new buildings to use less energy and water, and to be accessible, inviting places in which people would want to work and study.

"ECU is committed to providing excellent facilities and services for students and staff and the Library and ICT Building is just part of the state-of-the-art learning environment" he said.

"The new complex has been designed to meet the unique needs of our students, helping them to reach their full potential."

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