|Address:||The Canberra Hospital Garran
|Architect:||AC & A Architects|
The existing PC3 Laboratory was of insufficient size and needed to be expanded with new equipment installed. As this was not possible at its current site it was proposed to construct a new laboratory elsewhere on the floor.
The scope was to construct the new Pathology PC3 Laboratory in Building 10 on Level 4. Works included the development of mechanical, electrical and other building services design required to meet the requirements of this facility. The current PC3 Lab was to remain in operation until the new facility was completed and commissioned. The rest of the floor had to remain operational and maintain all sterile and separation requirements.
The laboratory required independent air conditioning and a variable flow fume cupboard together with other minor appliances. The air temperature and quality needed to be precisely controlled whilst maintaining a differential pressure between the inside of the laboratory and the airlock and office areas. Loss of differential pressure would expose the surrounding areas to risk of biological contaminants from the laboratory. The presence of a fume cupboard which would only operate intermittently made the task of designing and commissioning the mechanical services more problematic than usual. There was also a steam autoclave, PC equipment and the users specific requirement of wearing heavy protective clothing to complicate the design.
Overall this project demonstrated the ability to design difficult and conflicting user services into a small restricted area and fine tune adjustments into the commissioning stage. It also showed the results of cooperation between the Engineer (Rudds Consulting Engineers) and the Contractor (Electaire) throughout the whole design, construction and commissioning stages.
The 388 Elizabeth Street development involved the redevelopment of an existing auto rental facility. Part of the existing building was retained and façade restored (facing Elizabeth Street and Little La Trobe Street) whilst a new 2 storey structure was built.
Currently at 55 Southbank Boulevard exists a 6 storey commercial office building. Proposed for the property was a 10 storey, 220 bed hotel development. The proposed 10 storey hotel extension to the existing commercial building presented an interesting challenge for the entire design team, but the overall vision was exciting, innovative and sustainable.
5 Bodalla Place, or Compass House as it has been named for its ability to provide ‘a new direction in energy efficient building design’, is owned by the two Rudds Directors and has been purpose designed and built as the headquarters for Rudds Consulting Engineers by Rudds' own personnel.
The NATSEM International Microsimulation Centre provides many benefits to the University of Canberra. The building consists of 680m2 of office space, 467m2 of teaching space, 210m2 of accommodation, a large kitchen and the corresponding circulation space and amenities.