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Victoria University Construction Futures

Victoria University Sunshine campus, Melbourne, Victoria

The new Sunshine Construction Futures (SCF) facility provides a centre of excellence in building and construction training, and a landmark building for Victoria University and the State’s west 

The building is spread over two-levels of 12,000m2, with a form that expresses the progressive nature of the construction industry – the rapid development of new materials and construction design technologies – encouraging industry partners to engage with the centre and providing students with valuable experience and industry exposure. 

Two primary teaching spaces – the trades workshop and general teaching spaces  result in an airside/landside relationship that promotes linkages between practical and theoretical spaces while allowing appropriate environmental separation. The pedagogical programme has been conceived as a range of learning typologies incorporating a technology hub, industry room (theatrette and exhibition space), work-based education centre, flexible learning (collaborative learning pods and breakout) and formal learning (workshop, machine shops and general-purpose classrooms). 

The design provides a loose-fit long-life shell that responds to and caters for changing course programmes by maximising flexible spaces and incorporating innovative and sustainable materials. 

The building was awarded a 6 Star Green Star rating due to its embedded sustainability measures including optimised day lighting through highly insulated facades as well as a mix of passive and active ventilation and temperature control systems, all of which contribute to environmental benefits and provide a state-of-the-art learning environment. 

Awards

Shortlisted for Public Architecture (New), AIA VIC 2014
Shortlisted in Higher Education/Research, WAF 2013
Excellence in Commercial Construction $30M-$80M, MBAV 2013

Technical Information

City
Victoria University Sunshine campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Year
2012
Client
Victoria University
Status
Completed, 2008-2012
Key Consultants
Donald Cant Watts Corke, Umow Lai, WSP (Winward Structures), Rush Consulting, Wright Group Consultants
Builder
Kane Constructions
Cost
$35,000,000
Gross Floor Area
10,500m2