The $150 million Griffith Health Centre represents the University’s largest investment in a single building in its 40-year history.
The Centre will operate in tandem with the new 750-bed Gold Coast University Hospital, creating a health hub with a dedicated focus on study, research and medical employment.
Sustainable design has been a priority in this project. Griffith engaged a Sustainability Consultant who developed a 49 page ESD matrix for the project. Sustainable processes and features included:
- DERM approval to clear the site required a:
- Species Management Report on how to manage fauna and flora
- Series of drawings in connection with surrounding community
- Site Rehabilitation Plan that lists the plants removed and reinstated
- Vegetation Management Plan
- Design and Construction Managers and Builder worked to develop a site specific Environmental Management Plan.
- Building features include:
- Recycled timber
- Shading on windows
- Low energy lighting
- Low-flow taps and water devices
- Natural gas for heating
- No irrigation – plants must be drought tolerant and off the Gold Coast campus Species List
- Sealed and well insulated building with full double glazed glass
- Extensive sun studies – all windows shaded or limited blinds used where necessary
- Rainwater harvesting
- Recycled materials wherever possible, e.g. cement and steel, timber for joinery from sustainable sources
- Materials with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). These included E-zero board, carpet, paints, and furniture
- Pre conditioned outside air to control and limit mould growth.