Adapting to the future of education

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Mark Bendotti


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Opening its doors last week, Boola Katitjin has pushed engineering boundaries to become the largest timber building in Western Australia – with 1,796 pieces of Mass Engineered Timber used across the building’s structural system. 

Designed by Lyons, the new academic building at Murdoch University sets a global benchmark for sustainability and innovative teaching technology.

The building is designed to achieve the internationally recognised 6-star Green Star rating through a range of features including solar panels, stormwater harvesting, active design features and native landscaping. 

It offers a digital rich learning environment that uses Australian-first technology and flexible class formats to allow for more innovative teaching approaches.

“It was a spectacular effort from all involved from the initial stages right through to completion,” said RLB Senior Quantity Surveyor Joseph Grima.

RLB provided early budgetary advice to Murdoch University, including budget monitoring through the various phases of design and an ECI period.  RLB also provided a post contract role including reviewing of trade packages, progress claim assessments, variation assessments and overall project financial reporting and final accounts.

The project itself grew into additional sub-projects as we saw the completion of the CCP building, Pilot Space and Pop-Up Ref in which RLB provided quantity surveying services.