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Santos Place – Brisbane, Australia

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Building:  Santos Place
Location:  Brisbane, Australia
Address:  32 Turbot Street, 4000, Brisbane, Australia
Architect of Record:  Donovan Hill
Landscape Architect:  Gamble McKinnon Gree
Structural Engineer:  Alliance Design Group
Mechanical Engineer:  WSP Lincolne Scott
Contractor:  Hutchinson Builders
Client:  Nielson Properties
Size: 454,915.15 square feet
Height:  479 feet
Cost:  $205 million
Completed:  2009

AE Interest:  Tri-generation power supply.  Grey water re-use and re-cycling.  Rainwater collection and re-use.  ‘Smart – glass’ technology to improve thermal performance and light filtration.  Conventional air conditioning with multiple levels of zoning.  Automated lighting control integrated with movement sensors.  Bicycle parking with dedicated showers and lockers.  Reduced carparking capacities.  Potential for blackwater mining.
Green Star Rating – 6 Star.  NABERS energy rating – 5.5 Star. AGBR Rating – 5 Star.

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Written by Kyle Van De Walle

November 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm

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Biosciences Research Building – Galway, Ireland

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Biosciences Research Building

Exploded BSR Building

BSR Stairs

Thermal Circulation Corridor



Building:  Biosciences Research Building
Location:  Galway, Ireland
Address:  University Road, Galway, Ireland
Architect of Record:  Payette
Associate Architect:  Reddy Architecture and Urbanism
Structural Engineer:  Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer:  Homan O’Brien
Contractor:  J.J. Rhatigan & Co.
Client:  National University of Ireland, Galway
Size:  86,112 square feet
Cost:  $36,720,000
Completed:  2013

AE Interest:  The Biosciences Research Building of the National University of Ireland was constructed for an extremely low cost of $413 per SF. 89% of the building is used for research space. The building block that allows this to happen is a “layered lab” concept with a high/low energy strategy, which places the most mechanically intensive spaces into a zone adjacent to the open lab space. This allowed 45 percent of the building to be naturally ventilated.  Thermal corridors incorporating OAKAWOOD curtainwalls act as a “thermal sweater” and as the primary means of circulation. The precast concrete superstructure contains the 30% Ground Granulated Blast-Furnace Slag resulting in the saving of 3,221 gigajoules of embodied energy and 70% carbon reduction from the Irish baseline building code. The BRB is pursuing BREEAM rating of “Very Good” (equivalent to LEED Platinum).

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Written by Kyle Van De Walle

November 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Posted in Built