North Queensland Project Welcomes Staff & Students

North Queensland Project Welcomes Staff & Students

James Cook University’s Ideas Lab is up and running, with staff, students and start-ups now enjoying the brand new, innovative and eco-friendly USD 30

million building delivered by BESIX Watpac. Designed by Wilson Architects with local firm Clarke and Prince, the project was delivered on time and within budget by BESIX Watpac and its predominantly locally based subcontractors. The Ideas Lab brings together JCU staff and students in Internet of Things Engineering and data science, alongside local innovators – individuals and groups for whom ideas mean business.

The design maximises collaborative space as well as provides facilities where prototypes can be built and tested. Major features include the northern green vine wall, innovation and community spaces surrounding a three-storey atrium and a floating internal staircase connecting the verandah meeting areas. Wrapping the building is a membrane which allows for external projection of images and videos that will showcase JCU and the innovation communities’ research.

Designed to meet the gold standard of LEED, sustainability features include material selection, product life cycle, waste management on site and recycling. Sustainable design elements include the northern green vine wall, bioswale that filters the building’s stormwater, and 60kW Solar PV System on the roof that feeds into the building’s energy requirements.

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