Designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCBA) with landscape architecture by Glas Urban, the building, scheduled to be ready for occupation in 2019, is designed to provide students with modern, high-quality and sustainable residential spaces. The construction of expanded student accommodation is part of a plan to establish Monash Peninsula as Australia’s leading centre of allied health education and research.
It is understood the project comprises 6500 square metres of space, with ground level common space and support accommodation, and five storeys of student housing. Under current designs about 14,000 square metres of CLT will be used. Modular bathroom pods from will also be part of the scheme.
With the sustainable building set to target Passive House certification, with a focus on occupant comfort, health and the reduction of operating energy costs, plans include the use of a cross laminated timber structural system that could halve the embodied carbon in the building relative to a concrete structure. The addition of roof top solar will result in dramatically reduced operating carbon.
The building will also include a rain water harvesting tank and water sensitive urban design, including a landscaped dry-creek bed that will provide additional opportunities for recreation, manage storm water flows during high rain events and connect into the natural waterways of the campus. ■
Monash University Peninsula Campus: current designs feature around 14,000 square metres of CLT.