Thursday, 05 April 2012
Edith Cowan University’s (ECU’s) Joondalup Campus is set to be transformed by a new $72 million building program that will link existing buildings and create a new marketplace and ‘campus street’.
Drawing together student facilities under one roof, Building 34 will become the centre of campus activity, making the University an even more desirable place to study and work.
The five-storey building will complement the striking, modern architecture for which the Joondalup Campus is renowned, including the iconic Chancellery and the award-winning Library.
Building 34 will meet five star energy efficiency targets and incorporate state-of-the art technology, including large LED panels that will display live information and student art.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox said Building 34 will have new benefits for students and staff.
“This is an exciting new development for the Joondalup Campus. It will bring together essential university functions, including Student Services, research and IT, to deliver enhanced services to the ECU and the local Joondalup community,” Professor Cox said.
“The marketplace area and new services will also create a new focal point on campus for people to meet, socialise and study.”
JCY Architects and Urban Designers have designed the building to draw in natural light, connect with outdoor areas and engage with the existing buildings.
Buildings across the Joondalup campus have been recognised for their innovative design, with the Chancellery winning the Master Builders Association (WA) Public Building Over $20 Million Award in 2005. The Science and Health Building, also by JCY, won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter) – Public and Institutional Building award in 2001. The Library Building has also won the Royal Institute of British Architects International Award in 2007.
The project works will commence on Monday, 16 April after the mid-semester break, with the building expected to open in early 2015.
High resolution artist impressions of the Building 34 project are available on request.
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