CSIRO Black Mountain Redevelopment
This state-of-the-art facility is part of the ACT Site Consolidation for CSIRO. Located at the Black Mountain Science & Innovation Park, the project delivers 15,000 sqm of world-class research and support facilities with purpose-built laboratories.
The new structure is essentially two buildings in one, with a carefully hidden building joint. The modern office space links to the laboratory building through steel and glass bridges at each of the four levels. Constructed with a concrete frame, post-tensioned banded slabs, insitu columns and precast walls, the structure features a three-storey void with stairs, ramps and a folded steel plate stair in the PC2 lab environment.
TTW engineers tackled additional complexities involved with joint detailing at the atrium and two three-storey ‘chimneys’ on top of the building. The building joints were located to suit architectural, façade and construction requirements, while the chimneys were developed to be prefabricated in consultation with the builder and contractors.