Curtin University B311 PC2 Super Laboratory

Curtin University

Completed September 2019


Bentley, WA

The revitalisation of B311 provides Curtin University with a new undergraduate teaching facility that enables technology-based learning and multi-disciplinary student groups to be educated concurrently in a large modern lab environment.

The project delivers a 96-seat PC2 certified lab for dual occupation by the Faculty of Health Science and the Faculty of Science and Engineering and is housed in an extension to the existing B311, a small teaching and research laboratory that was constructed in the early 1970’s. The design approach celebrates the original building’s distinctive brutalist architecture that characterized the early WAIT campus, and which is now an architectural legacy for Curtin University. Sited at the Eastern Entry gateway to the campus, the project capitalises on its symbolic location to promote science education at Curtin.

The B311 conversion was conceived as a proto-type lab to test the viability of a future large scale multi-disciplinary laboratory complex.

The facility comprises a new interior arrangement of the existing B311 North Wing to accommodate an entry foyer, informal learning area, staff room, preparation area and a flexible instrument lab. A new single-level addition across the full-width of the North Wing of the existing building houses the new teaching laboratory. Modifications to the B311 South Wing provide a Dangerous Goods store and other support facilities.


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