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Australian Catholic University Melbourne

The Daniel Mannix Building is the centre piece of the Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) St Patrick’s Campus in Melbourne.

Australian Catholic University - Daniel Mannix Building

The Daniel Mannix Building is the centre piece of the Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) St Patrick’s Campus in Melbourne.

The 6 Star Green Star building offers 13,000sqm of lecture theatres and state-of-the-art learning facilities for collaborative teaching, learning and research, as well as a gymnasium, bookshop, chapel, student centre and rooftop garden. The new National Centre for Health and Wellbeing offers student coarse studies in Nursing, Midwifery, Exercise Science, Psychology and Occupational Therapy.

The building briefed focused on the need to cater for ACU’s projected growth in the next five years and has been designed using industry-leading practices. The facility will enable ACU to graduate an additional 500 students a year in nursing, paramedicine, midwifery, exercise science, occupational therapy, psychology and public health - as well as greatly increase research capacity in those areas of study.

Design by Woods Bagot Architecture the nine-storey developments incorporates a range of environmentally sustainable initiatives including acting mass cooling concrete slabs, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water heating panels and wind turbines.

As well as being energy efficient, the building architects have designed an attractive social and working environment for staff and students using a natural palette of materials including concrete, brick, zinc and glass.

In designing this 6 Star Green project, Services Engineers Umow Lai have utilised Holyoake underfloor air distribution range, with floor swirl diffusers in open learning areas with displacement products for lecture theatres applications.