Macquarie University Building E7A Refurbishment
Refurbishment and extension of one of the University's oldest buildings
Buildcorp worked with the existing concrete structure of the Mitchell Building (E7A), leveraging the floor plate to extend and create a more efficient, flexible facility for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The works in E7A included a full service and compliance upgrade, a new extended core, a new solar rooftop and window refurbishment and fit-out. The scope also included a new three-level glass atrium with break-out spaces on the ground and mezzanine floors, bridge walkways and galleries to connect the E7A and E7B buildings. The project was part of a pilot for the University’s ‘One Planet‘ target and included numerous sustainability features.
Methodology & Outcomes
Buildcorp’s winning methodology was to optimise the program by demolishing the E7A Building in one phase instead of two, using structural stability options. The structure re-use was achieved through structural strengthening and adaptation, both laterally and vertically through propping, bracing and connective walking bridges between the two buildings.
The new glazed atrium’s façade was re-engineered into a modular
pre-fabricated glazed system for ease of installation and program efficiency, while still meeting the design intent. This saved eight weeks from the program, reduced risk and saved over $1million in costs.