UoN NIER C Building

Project Features

  • Refurbishment of existing laboratory facility
  • Upgrade of existing exhaust fans
  • Installation of under ceiling exposed Stainless Steel exhaust duct complete with Teflon lining
  • Upgrade of existing fume cupboards
  • Project coordination utilised 3D scanning and 3D modelling technology
Year Completed

Project Details

3D scanning and modelling ensures smooth installation process at research institute

A flagship research institute of the University of Newcastle, Benmax recently completed refurbishment works for the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) Laboratory located in C Building at the Callaghan Campus in Shortland, NSW.

The minor works project was delivered as part of a broader major facilities upgrade conducted at the Callaghan Campus to modernise existing facilities and to continue the development of a dedicated STEMM Precinct at the site to support strategic collaboration between research disciplines.

Mechanical services work delivered by the Benmax team supported the establishment of multidisciplinary research spaces on level 3 of the building, collaborative staff and HDR workplaces on level 2, and upgrades to laboratories on level 1 and included:

  • upgrade of existing laboratory exhaust fans
  • supply and install of additional exhaust fans
  • supply and install of under ceiling Teflon lined stainless steel exhaust duct, as requested by the client
  • upgrade of existing fume cupboards inclusive of scrubbers and tanks
  • upgrade of the existing BMS system and electrics to support improvements


The use of 3D scanning and 3D modelling technology during the early design stages of the project was crucial to ensure new equipment coordinated with existing services. Project works were completed in just a few short months, with the team handing over the project in November 2020.

Following the success of the NIER C Building refurbishment project the Benmax team have gone on to deliver further projects with the University of Newcastle including refurbishment works at the UoN ICT Building, and the construction of the new world-class UoN Q Building.

A landmark project for the university, the Q Building is the first commercial building in regional NSW to be awarded GCBA’s 6-star Green Star rating. The 3,200 sqm four storey new construction is a highly sustainable and innovative design that utilises cross-laminated mass timber elements to reduce embodied carbon, as well as adjustable tinted electrochromic glazing to increase energy efficiency and provide a highly natural and biophilic internal environment.

Benmax was awarded the HVAC mechanical services contract for the project by builder Hansen Yuncken, and delivered the design and construct project in line with the university’s strict sustainability targets, exposed ductwork aesthetic, and tight construction programme while ensuring the highest standards for design, quality workmanship and operating efficiency.


“The use of 3Dscanning and 3D modelling technology during the early design stages ensured new equipment coordinated with existing services, and the installation process ran smoothly.”
Daniel Maddocks, General Manager – Benmax
Refurbishment works support development of dedicated STEMM Precinct at University of Newcastle.

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