Features of the new building

The building will accommodate over 1,500 undergraduate students in a combination of wet and dry teaching laboratory spaces, some 900 research staff and Higher Degree by Research students with supporting research infrastructure and equipment, a clinical research facility and a 'biobank'.

Learning and teaching spaces include:

  • student commons: an open-plan space connected to the main café and building atrium
  • an auditorium with 360 capacity
  • large teaching laboratory with a capacity of 240 students
  • specialist teaching laboratories, including a combination of computer-only, and computer and microscope facilities with flexible configurations and up to a 120 capacity
  • a small-group teaching lab (12 people) and four seminar rooms, each holding 20 which can be configured flexibly.

Laboratory spaces

There will be seven open plan 80 person laboratories hosting eight - ten research groups, sharing equipment and support rooms. The well-equipped laboratories and support rooms contain co-located specialist equipment and are operated under appropriate regulatory certification, e.g. DAFF Biosecurity QC5.2, OGTR PC2. Major equipment within the laboratories is maintained and calibrated by the Laboratory Services team.

Each laboratory has an associated write-up space adjacent to, but outside the lab, comprising open plan allocated desks for the main research/technical staff and hot-desking for up to 36 higher degree research students and visiting collaborators.

Teaching spaces

Teaching spaces include both wet laboratory spaces and dry laboratory and teaching spaces.

Wet teaching laboratory spaces

Located on level two and include:

  • A PC1 (X-Lab) generic laboratory that seats up to 240 students - suitable for teaching pharmacology, physiology, immunology, pharmacy, microbiology, veterinary science, pathology and related subjects. The amount of equipment available enables students to work in groups of one to two, allowing greater hands-on experiences.
  • A PC2 generic laboratory integrated within the PC1 X-lab seating up to 12 students - suitable for teaching small groups of advanced undergraduate or research students specialised techniques, requiring up to PC2 levels of containment.

Dry teaching spaces

Located on level one and include:

  • A microscopy laboratory that seats up to 120 students - containing one microscope with camera and one PC per student, supporting any slide based teaching including histology and pathology or computer based teaching. The laboratory can be divided into two 60 seat rooms as required.
  • A flexible dry teaching/computing laboratory that seats up to 120 students - containing one laptop per student supporting computer based learning. Use of portable devices allows the desks to be repositioned in the room as required, supporting a range of small group or problem based learning experiences for students. The laboratory can be divided into two 60 seat rooms.
  • A flexible dry teaching laboratory seating up to 60 students - pod style learning suitable for small group or problem based learning experiences for students.
  • Three flexible seminar rooms seating up to 48 students each - can be divided into six 24 seat rooms as required.
  • A flexible exercise gym for exercise physiology teaching - a fully flexible dry teaching space with a capacity for up to 60 students, depending on configuration.
  • An auditorium seating up to 360 students.
  • The Pathology Museum will primarily support the teaching of pathology to medicine and science students. Novel educational opportunities are currently being examined for the museum including the potential for cross faculty collaboration on education and exhibition initiatives as well as expanding community outreach.

Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

Concept image of the new Clinical Research Facility reception

Concept image of the new Clinical Research Facility reception, credit: FJMT & BSA

The Clinical Research Facility will be located on the ground floor of the new building.

It will support a range of clinical and clinical research activities aligned to the mission of the Charles Perkins Centre.

Activities include:

  • clinical trials, cohort studies and interventions
  • a small number of clinics including obesity clinic, cardiology clinic, renal clinic, diabetes clinic, lipid metabolism clinic, exercise clinic, fit for your life clinic, chronic care clinic
  • lifestyle clinics
  • student placement and training.

The entry and reception area are in the main atrium.

Features include:

  • metabolic kitchen and dining area
  • two physical test facilities
  • imaging including DEXA and Ultrasound for analysing body composition
  • seven enclosed interview rooms
  • six open informal interview spaces
  • six bedrooms for clinical subjects staying overnight or for longer periods
  • phlebotomy bay and blood separation facility
  • internal connection to human imaging and staff spaces (level 2)
  • provision for two whole body calorimeters
  • nursing and administration spaces.