Brookfield Multiplex has completed the Micro Nano Research Facility at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) City Campus, a specialist research facility that will support over 110 researchers and research students and a number of external research stakeholders.
Located over two levels of an existing building in Bowen Street, the Micro Nano Research Facility spans an area of approximately 1,200 square metres plus rooftop plant areas and took seven months to construct.
The Micro Nano Research Facility represents the on-going relationship between Brookfield Multiplex and RMIT University, with the contractor delivering the iconic $200 million Swanston Academic Building in 2012.
Designed by architects SKM Jacobs, the state-of-the-art facility will bring together diverse and high quality multi-disciplinary micro-technology and nano-technology research.
Access to natural light and visual connectivity between research spaces aims to provide a more collaborative working environment for researchers, students and staff. The design enables researchers to communicate via technology between non-clean and clean environments and allows visitors to either observe or engage in activities at the facility.
Highly specialised and technical in nature, the Micro Nano Research Facility comprises Class 100 clean rooms, Class 1,000 clean rooms, a Physical Containment Level 2 Laboratory, Sensor Technology Laboratory, support laboratories and administration areas including offices, training rooms and break-out spaces.
"The requirements for laboratories and education facilities require specialised knowledge and Brookfield Multiplex was able to draw on its considerable expertise to deliver this high-tech facility," said Regional Managing Director Victoria, Graham Cottam.
"Despite the challenges and highly specified nature of the facility, we are pleased to deliver it more than a month ahead of its scheduled completion," he said.
The extensive range of specialist laboratory equipment was sourced from various countries around the world including France. Laboratory finishes, fixtures and furniture have been custom-designed, manufactured and installed to meet strict laboratory compliance codes.
The Micro Nano Research Facility features include a lift system designed to transport specialist gases without the need for personnel to occupy and operate the lift. A gas detection system interfacing with a mechanical exhaust system ensures safe operation.
Other features include safety cabinets to house specialist gases and an abatement system to filter gases. Future flexibility has been built into the design via a "plug and play" set up of equipment that will enable rapid response to changes in research technologies.