ANU Research School of Social Sciences

ANU Research School of Social Sciences

Project Overview

Sector: Education
Location: Australia - Canberra
Year Completed: 2020

Project Features

  • New construction
  • 12,000 sqm six storey facility
  • State of the art design
  • Large scale use of prefabricated and preassembled HVAC equipment
  • BIM technology utilised
  • Dedicated teaching spaces, seminar rooms and 140-person lecture space
  • Public forum areas and auditorium

Project Details

ANUs ‘Building in the Park’ is a world leading Research Centre

Working in partnership with builder Construction Control, Benmax successfully delivered the mechanical services for the ANU Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) building located on Ellery Crescent in Acton, Canberra.

The 12,000 sqm seven storey facility has been designed to adapt to future workplace, teaching and learning advancements while providing the collaborative and multidisciplinary research and education environments required for today.

Benmax officially commenced on-site works at the ANU in March 2019, however planning and design stages for the project were well underway prior to that time to support the large-scale use of prefabricated and preassembled equipment during the project build. This innovative construction method was utilised to support improved delivery time frames, a higher level of productivity, ensure the highest standards of quality control, and importantly, enhance on-site safety.

This method proved particularly important when the project was impacted by a major hailstorm event in February 2020, just prior to completion, with the building sustaining significant damage, including to the completed roof top plant room. Large scale repair work was required with the Benmax team needing to disassemble the damaged plant, prefabricate and install all new work.  The prefabrication process allowed the team to undertake the rectification works in a timely manner exceeding the expectations of the builder and client.

Benmax successfully completed work on the project in mid-2020.

“It was a pleasure working with Benmax on this project. The guys were professional on site, they provided A Class performance, met the targets and provided great ideas.”
Liam Simonsson, Site Engineer – Construction Control

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