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Building 304 Research Facility

Custom facility for the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, a national research centre co-supported by Curtin and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

  • 2016 Completed

Curtin’s specialist agriculture research facility elevates the sophistication of crop disease research. With three stories of specially designed laboratory space, researchers are able to work on pathogens that may require a high level of containment.


  • Physical Containment Level 2 and 3 laboratories
  • Collaborative meeting rooms, workspaces and informal spaces including and outdoor terrace on Level 4
  • Floor to ceiling windows that put science on display
  • Large atrium with integrated public artwork
  • Controlled environment growing areas


This dedicated research building provides truly world-class contemporary facilities. Researchers now have the latest technology and tools at their fingertips to further advance disease resistance in cereals, oilseeds and pulses, as well as helping to ensure the sustainable use of fungicides for Australian growers now and into the future.

Key Sustainability Features

  • 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