Rooftop expansion adds new dimension to Heritage listed building
A $14m rooftop extension to the Heritage listed Goddard Biological Sciences Building will provide a new home for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED).
Three years in the planning, the newly completed 5th floor provides an additional partial floor of offices to accommodate the CEED group, collaborative meetings spaces, staff area and outdoor terraces overlooking the Great Court.
In addition, the project delivered a range of state of the art research facilities for the School of Biological Science, including an animal holding area, a three-level aquarium, eight constant temperature rooms and a field storage facility.
The extension adds valuable functionality and space to the State Heritage listed building and was recognised with a gold award in the 2014 David Eades Award category of the National Trust's Queensland Heritage Awards.
The Goddard Building is part of the original sandstone core of The University of Queensland’s campus, designed by Hennessy & Hennessey and constructed between 1962 and 1964.
It is a culturally significant building on the St Lucia campus because of its location, fabric and use, and is part of the State Heritage listing.
The design of the extension was guided by strong heritage and sustainability principles, which have resulted in a beautiful space that adds much more functionality to the existing heritage building.
The new facilities will provide a fitting home for CEED whose vision is to be the world's leading research centre for solving environmental management problems, evaluating the outcomes of environmental actions, and generating research to benefit environmental science, policy and management both in Australia and internationally.
The extension was officially opened on 19th June 2014.