The Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) at the University of Queensland will be a state-of-the-art engineering education building with flexible teaching and learning spaces. The multi-purpose building will have the appropriate mix of learning, workplace and social areas. The building co-locates five key materials, science and engineering research centres and occupies a prime site overlooking the University lakes.
Hands-on learning is embraced through an engaging and collaborative education environment. Some spaces follow a ‘design studio’ model with well-considered learning tools that enhance the creative process. The Advanced Engineering Building integrates teaching and research laboratories in addition to large scale manufacturing and civil engineering research laboratories. It will support various hydraulic, wind, materials and structural and advanced form processing laboratories (among many others) within its program.
The building also acts as a ‘live learning hub’ for engineering students who will occupy the building upon completion. AEB facilitates new teaching and learning spaces that accommodate the new curriculum and pedagogies for engineering implemented by the University of Queensland. The building incorporates both passive and integrated sustainability initiatives with a targeted reduced energy consumption.
HASSELL and Richard Kirk Architect in joint venture won the limited design competition for the new Advanced Engineering Building which is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.