The projects success is evident in that the SEC brings together teaching and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a world leading model and dynamic community hub.
The Centre transforms the way teaching and learning is undertaken at QUT with an emphasis on technology enabled active learning, in a collaborative and interactive facility.
The brief for the initial project was deliberately not well defined in order for the opportunities to be as flexible as possible. Generic laboratories & learning space areas as well as community facilities including a 50 metre pool were part of the original competition. Wilson Architects worked closely with the various user groups to develop the spaces. This included Wilson Architects participating as part of a six-month trial of new active learning spaces that leveraged larger cohorts with project based learning furniture and technology. This ‘community of practice’ was successful in fine-tuning issues before completion and use of the spaces.
Wilson Architects were also significantly involved in the organisation planning for the precinct. Based on Wilson Architects theoretical frameworks, a diverse range of social learning spaces were collocated with active teacher-led learning spaces directly connected to a transparent ground plane to create a highly dynamic student environment.
Sustainability was on over arching design value for the SEC and incorporated considerations for greenhouse emissions, energy consumption, system integration, land use and material selections. The project is aiming for a 5-star Greenstar ‘as-built’ rating.