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The site tour of the stunning UniSA, Health Innovation (now Cancer Research Institute) Building on North Terrace, Adelaide was at capacity for the CIBSE SA event last month.

An introductory talk was provided by the collaborating team, David Tiller – Hansen Yuncken, Christina Coleiro – University of South Australia, Julien Pachot – KBR and Peter Vickery –  O’Connors.

The impressive 14 story, 30,000m2 building cost $250M, of which an astounding 35-40% was spent on building services.

The building contains a Museum, Gallery, PC2 Labs, cold rooms, teaching and research labs, animal house, cafe, seminar rooms and facilities for Biological SA Health.

The development had a soft landing approach to delivery and a LEED Silver rating and students and staff have starting occupying with completion in April 2018.

The building was 3-D modelled with Rivit and BIM360 as was demonstrated to attendees. A HIB- HUB was established in O’Connors offices to house all Building Services 3-D drafters and other trades to coordinate and clash detect the whole project.



The building included magnetic bearing chillers, induction cooling towers, 100% outside air AHU’s with recovery coils, condensing boilers, glycol cool rooms, active chilled beams, CRAC units, fume-cupboards and air make up system and local Nederman arms. The Animal House has 250 micron screens on air exhaust and HEPA filters.



The major duct riser was prefabricated off site for speed of installation. Fabrication was approximately 6 months and installation undertaken in 3 days.

A room on the ground floor will be open to the public, fitted out with assistance of NASA and connected to WWW.Telescope to provide a Discovery Tool with a 2m diameter projected globe at the centre and interactive screens.  On this globe such details as all the plane flights in the world or tidal waves can be projected.




O’Connors kindly provided generous food and drinks in the building Cafe after the site tour.



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