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Ausgrid Learning Centre, Silverwater

The Learning Centre facility for Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia), provides a high quality and efficient educational environment for apprentices and staff. The Centre caters for a variety of training, administration and corporate activities and has been designed to create a landmark, environmentally sustainable facility. The overall built form consists of four interconnected pavilion style buildings arranged to create a series of significant internal and external courtyard spaces for both training and recreation. 

The project is the first in Australia to be awarded both a 6 Star Green Star - Education Design v1 certified rating and a 6 Star Green Star - Education As Built v1 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. 

Award: Sustainable Architecture Commendation - AIA NSW Architecture Awards 2012

Finance Lab, Macquarie University

DEM collaborated with Macquarie University stakeholders including the Faculty Dean, professors and lecturers to establish and develop a brief for a new learning and teaching Financial Laboratory as part of DEM’s large scale masterplan for the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). The project involved the adaptive re-use of an existing office area to create a new open teaching space with views to an adjoining ground level courtyard.

The Lab allows for the analysis of financial data and is broken down into four areas including a syndicate area, open plan collaborative space, incubation area incorporating flexible arrangements of loose furniture, and an audio and visual interactive entry.

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Building E4b, Student Services, Macquarie University

Upgrade of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Student Service Centre to provide enhanced facilities and multi-functional interior spaces to support a variety of work styles and modes including collaborative focus and socialising. The spaces were designed to reflect and reinforce the brand value of the Faculty of Business and Economics and include:

  • A student reception area, consultation pods and consultation rooms.

  • A manager's office and open plan workstations.

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Wynyard Green, Sydney

An alternative and innovative approach to the provision of education within Sydney’s CBD. DEM developed a vision for a new centre of education bringing a number of education providers together in a single building that was strategically located close to transport, public realm amenity and the City’s business community. The vision created the platform for providers to co-locate and strengthen individual brand awareness through the marketing of a single education precinct.

The 22,000m² fitout incorporated extensive base building services upgrade within a heritage building as well as education and administration facilities. Strategic internal planning ensured that future change could be accommodated without impacting on fundamental design elements or operations.

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Commerce Building, Macquarie University, Sydney

An environmentally sustainable facility designed for the Division of Economics and Financial Studies in the form of two buildings linked by a double level enclosed bridge over a central landscaped courtyard. The 3 storey northern building houses the teaching and computer lab facilities, and the 7 storey southern building houses administration and staff accommodation and facilities. Internally, open plan work spaces and glazed partitioned offices allow natural daylight and natural ventilation to reach central portions of the building. The building’s BMS controls a naturally ventilated operable façade system which includes window sensors and automated external louvres, water efficient plumbing and stormwater detention and re-use.

Award: Bronze Medal TAS and Francis Greenway Society - Green Building Award 2003

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Wally's Walk Pedestrian Spine, Macquarie University

Reconstruction and upgrade of the main walkway and public domain of the principle pedestrian circulation axis through the Macquarie University campus, known as Wally’s Walk, named as a tribute to Dr. Walter V. Abraham, Macquarie University’s Planner from 1965 to 1983.

Wally’s Walk provides a direct link east to west across the campus, from the Macquarie University Research Park to the Early Childhood Building, approximately 800 metres long. It provides forecourts to major buildings and incorporates connections to secondary and tertiary access paths.

The design reinforces the pedestrian ‘street’ character of the walkway through appropriate lighting, furniture and street tree details.

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Navitas English - Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth

Navitas is a world leader in the development and provision of educational services and learning solutions. Following the success of the Wynyard Green project in Sydney, Navitas took the opportunity of expanding their educational campuses nationally and engaged DEM to rollout the design and fit-out of their offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

DEM was instrumental in developing the Navitas architectural brand, product typical data sheets and developing and documenting the design guidelines for Navitas retail, which is now adopted internationally.

Being highly student focussed, the planning centres around student break out and computer ‘touchdown’ areas whilst also providing state of the art lecture spaces with access to natural light and clear “sight lines” / visibility throughout.

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Macquarie University Projects

DEM has been extensively involved in the progressive development of the Macquarie University campus in the capacity of Lead Design Consultant and Project Managers on a range of significant university buildings including:

  • The Commerce Building E4a and E4b

  • The University Administration Building

  • The International Studies Building E3a and E3b

  • The Institute of Early Childhood Building

  • The Science and Technology Building

  • The Science Laboratory Building