Global design and engineering firm Stantec was selected as lead engineer for the Edith Cowan University (ECU) City in Perth. The firm is part of a consortium of leading local, national, and international architects and engineers that will design the AUS$695 million project.

The project represents one of the largest contracts to come from the AUS$1.5 billion Perth City Deal to date. Announced last year, the Perth City Deal seeks to re-energize Perth, bringing government and private investment into the Central Business District, creating almost 10,000 jobs while encouraging more people back into the city to bring economic benefits for small businesses.

As lead engineer, Stantec will provide civil and structural engineering as well as building and traffic planning services. Australian architectural firm Lyons, in partnership with Perth-based Silver Thomas Hanley and international architects Haworth Tompkins, have been announced as the design team. Marshall Day will carry out the City Campus’ acoustic engineering. Urbis will lead on town planning. Donald Cant Watts Corke is already working on site providing quantity surveying services.

The concept designs have been submitted as part of the Development Application process for ECU City, which will be Western Australia’s first comprehensive city centre university campus—the centrepiece of the Perth City Deal.

Developed over two sites, the 60,000-square-meter, 11-super-level ECU City is envisioned as a highly transparent, animated downtown streetscape with a rich variety of activity occurring within the performance spaces, studios, and state-of-the-art digital labs. The campus represents an opportunity to integrate creative industries, business, and technology courses with ECU’s internationally recognized Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Targeting a Five Star Green Rating, the campus plan features an intelligent façade design that provides sun shading. Inside, the building will feature adaptive and energy efficient climate control with natural ventilation. Advanced technology will be on display throughout the space with a dynamic digital media façade and immersive entrance, Cyber Security Operations Centre, world-class digital hub for global business education, motion capture film studio, spatial sound lab, and next generation technology programs and labs.

The new campus aims to attract over 9,000 students and staff by 2025, growing to over 11,000 students and staff by 2034. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and the campus will open in 2025.

The project award represents the most recent in a series of gains resulting from Stantec’s regional acquisition strategy in the Australia & New Zealand market. Within the past three years, the firm has acquired Engenium, GTA Consultants, Wood & Grieve Engineers, and The Traffic Design group to enhance a broader, multidiscipline presence to support clients. Newly integrated regional Stantec design teams formed through acquisitions will support every facet of the ECU project.

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