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.