Griffith University N82

Nathan, QLD

Griffith University

Architects: BVN

2021 – 2025

$160 million

Render by BVN

Griffith University is constructing a new eight-storey building at its Nathan campus, catering for more than 3,500 students and 200 staff. The building will primarily accommodate academic groups from Arts, Education and Law (AEL) and Health groups including associated research currently located at its Mt Gravatt campus. Construction commenced in mid-2023 and is expected to be completed by 2026.

The new state-of-the-art building will provide modern, flexible, multifunctional spaces that support leading models for teaching and learning. The design incorporates a naturally ventilated Atrium, with multilevel balcony breakout spaces, coupled with mixed-mode teaching and admin spaces.

The tertiary education sector is constantly evolving, with students and academics now seeking sustainable ‘places’ that incorporate leading-edge technology, first-class amenities and flexible spaces for collaboration and innovation. The building will deliver contemporary, sustainable spaces optimal for teaching, learning and research while contributing to the University’s commitment to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

LCI embarked on a journey with BVN’s design team during the design competition in March 2021 and has now been engaged to provide all Building Services design including mechanical, ESD, hydraulics, wet & dry fire, electrical, data, AV, security, and vertical transport.

A key element of our design has been to maximise natural ventilation through the classrooms and office spaces, enabling the building to take advantage of favourable weather conditions while reducing operational energy needs.

The design maximises thermal comfort levels by allowing each space to be fully air-conditioning or natural ventilation depending on the internal and external conditions, additionally, the atria space will benefit from spill air which will reduce temperature and humidity without adding to the building’s energy needs.

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