The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, Crawley has been designed and constructed to aspire to high level contemporary sustainability principles as well as maximize the building's life and life cycle costs.
For example, design and construction considerations have included: careful consideration of the materials selected, the installation of LED lighting throughout, the orientation of the building, sun shading, the installation of purpose built end of trip facilities, and the use of recycled materials.
The site has been selected for its proximity to existing specialised laboratories on the UWA campus such as the engineering precinct. This location was identified in the Crawley Campus Plan, as a site for potential University development.
The $62 million facility will include:
• offices and workstations for researchers, technicians and post-graduate students
• flexible wet and dry laboratories with PC2 capability
• flexible collaborative spaces
• a ground level multi-purpose lecture theatre linked to a large interaction space with an external courtyard
• outdoor undercover field staging, loading bays, technical areas and boat storage.
A unique inclusion within the facility will be the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems. The centre will install a new centrifuge and operate the National Geotechnical Centrifuge facility.
Project milestones are updated throughout various stages of the project.