The Robert Menzies Building, constructed in the 1960’s and designed by Eggleston Macdonald (now DesignInc) has undergone a major redevelopment to deliver a 40 year life cycle, incorporating emerging trends in education environment design. The existing structure and envelope has been rejuvenated to deliver a landmark internal teaching and academic collaborative environment that integrates the old with the new.
Stage One of the redevelopment – undertaken by DesignInc – saw the efficient circulation of people through the building provided by a new system of lifts and strategically placed open stairs. Improved comfort conditions are achieved by integrating passive and low energy servicing systems creating a healthy internal environment with flexible public and private spaces. Centralised meeting, collaborative and breakout spaces have created additional space for academic expansion. Also included in Stage One was the redevelopment of the ground floor foyer, new café, and links from the campus through to academic spaces via intuitive wayfinding ideas.
Stage Two of the project is briefed to include the re-planning of teaching spaces and academic offices to consolidate high volumes of students and HDR adaptive spaces.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) detailing and coordination for the project included:
- Using IFC 2×3 we imported the Revit Structure model directly in the Architectural ArchiCAD model.
- 3D shop drawings were created by the structural steel detailers using the Revit Structure model directly.
- 3D shop drawings of the wayfinding canopy in the ground floor foyer space were created by the signage manufacturers using the exported IFC from the ArchiCAD architectural model
- 3D shop drawings were created of some of the services systems throughout the building to assist with co-ordination of service risers
- Co-ordination of some architectural balustrade details were resolved using Tekla BIMsight between the architects and the structural detailers/shop drawings.
It’s great to see BIM being used on large scale projects such as this, as well as the cross collaboration between different softwares.
Two images of the project are below: (Images credit to Dianna Snape)