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Building 304 Research Facility

Project overview

This building is a key component in the University realising its plan to increase Higher Degree Research and become a research-intensive institution. Building 304 provides custom research facilities dedicated to the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM).

Curtin University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry acknowledged the importance of this building to the future of science within Western Australia, and the agricultural industry in particular.

This facility "will allow the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM), an initiative developed in partnership between Curtin and Australian grain growers through the Grains Research and Development Corporation, to safely carry out pathogen research with high containment, and ultimately help reduce the economic impact of grain diseases," Professor Deborah Terry (2014).

Project features

As an intrinsic component of the Greater Curtin Masterplan, Building 304 is a lynchpin in the development of the East Village Place Activation project.

artistic impression of external facade from rear

Situated on the eastern side of the Curtin’s Perth campus, adjacent to our public transport hub, the four-story building features highly specialised laboratories, collaborative write-up spaces, private meeting rooms and open terraces.

Extensive use of glazing creates views internally and externally into the research areas thus showcasing the activity of researchers in an iconic way. These views will be appreciated from a cafe and covered alfresco area that will grace the entry lobby on the ground floor and lead to an adjacent landscaped public plaza.

Project benefits

This dedicated research building provides truly world-class contemporary facilities and will be the catalyst in attracting globally recognised crop and disease management scholars to Curtin University.

artistic impression of external facade from front

Key Sustainability Initiatives

  • Calculated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 22% through the installation of heat recovery ventilation, a high efficiency variable-air-volume mechanical system, variable flow fume cupboards, LED lighting, occupancy sensors, and double glazing on windows
  • Materials have been carefully considered with sustainably sourced timber used, embodied energy in cement reduced by including post-consumer materials in concrete mixes, and sourcing steel elements from certified best practice manufacturers
  • Daylighting factor of over 2% achieved in over 40% of work areas, providing excellent natural lighting levels to carry out activities
  • Water efficient fixtures and fittings to reduce potable water consumption
  • Use of low formaldehyde and low VOC paint adhesives, sealants and carpets to improve indoor air quality
  • Construction waste recycling target of 90% achieved