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Engineering expands

Friday, 15 March 2019

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The new School of Engineering building at ECU’s Joondalup Campus is nearing completion with staff and students already moving into some areas.

The four-level building includes 2,700sqm of floor space with seven state-of-the-art laboratories. It is located behind the existing Engineering & Technology building (B23) and adjacent to the sports field.

The new facility will significantly increase the School's research capabilities and support the ongoing development of teaching and research programs.

Designed by T&Z Architects, the building façade features repurposed timber poles taken from trees which had to be removed from the site to allow for construction.

The School of Engineering’s Executive Dean, Professor Daryoush Habibi, said the new building will help the School meet growing demand.

“This new building will not only accommodate our growing student base, it will also allow us to further enhance our research capabilities and develop industry partnerships,” Professor Habibi said.

“The new laboratories and teaching spaces will also support new teaching and research programs, particularly in Petroleum Engineering.”

The new building and facilities are significant for positioning the University as a top provider of engineering education and research in Australia, and timely for enhancing ECU’s engineering capabilities across all disciplines, given that industry's demand for engineers is on the rise.

A 2017 Engineers Australia report called for “Australia to do more to produce engineers if it is to meet national ambitions to become a more productive and innovative nation.”

Internal fit-out of the building will continue over the coming months with completion expected by the end of 2019.

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