Client: University of Queensland
Awards: Plant Industries Stage 2 was awarded a Commendation at the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects Darling Downs and West Moreton Regional Awards, with the following citation:
“This project converts an original UQ Gatton building into modern laboratories, learning centre. It skilfully addresses complex planning, building and technical issues in providing a cost effective facility and a new covered external courtyard adds comfort and amenity for the students.” Alice Hampson, Jury Chair
“It was clear DM2 Architecture had a committed approach to the client, looking after their best interests at all times.” Tony Lewis, Senior Project Manager, Ridgemill Project Managers
Embracing new teaching pedagogies were central elements to this major redevelopment program for the School of Agriculture and Food Service at the University’s Gatton campus. Flexible learning spaces were a key focus in our design with practical teaching laboratories created to enable small and large group format. Active learning settings including an external courtyard, were developed to facilitate collaborative learning and Technology Enabled Active Learning as a driving philosophy across the program. Working with the school we were able to convert a series of smaller specialist Laboratories into Larger flexible labs of 120 persons. The lab design allowed the school to reduce the number of general class repeats whilst also being able to run specialist tutorials & lab sessions concurrently within the one space. The project also involved statutory compliance upgrades including vertical transportation and infrastructure installations connecting the upper level flexible learning environment, with the basement level research and quarantine laboratories.