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CSIRO ACT Site Consolidation Project Phase 1. Canberra. Australia

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Building Construction Engineering Expertise
$118 million

CSIRO ACT Site Consolidation Project Phase 1. Canberra. Australia

Putting the finishing touches on new and improved facilities in Canberra for the CSIRO - one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world

Full project details

Laing O’Rourke has led the first phase of CSIRO’s activities to bring its Canberra staff together at high-quality, modern facilities at the Black Mountain Science and Innovation Park. The facilities are tailor-made for one of world’s largest and most diverse research agencies.

The ACT Site Consolidation Project – part of CSIRO’s 20-year master plan – involves Laing O’Rourke designing and constructing 15,000 square metres of modern, purpose-built laboratory, research and administration building; a re-fit of existing laboratory space to office accommodation; a new car park; associated demolition; infrastructure upgrades and diversions; and landscaping.

Staff from Campbell, Yarralumla, Acton, Crace and Canberra City sites have been relocated to modern facilities at Black Mountain, improving flexibility and encouraging collaboration within CSIRO and between CSIRO and its many collaborators.

Innovative whole-of-life efficiencies

The modern purpose-built facilities at Black Mountain are both efficient and sustainable, while also bringing staff back together in one location.

To illustrate the efficient and sustainable solutions, a combination of mixed mode ventilation, thermal storage tanks and exposed services and building structure has been integrated into the new building. This efficient and sustainable solution provides optimised heating and cooling, airflow and plant and equipment life within the office environment.

Experiential user testing

An Experience Centre was built and operated for three months, allowing staff and researchers to view a range of open plan working, retreat, collaboration options and configurations.

The outputs incorporated into the final design included a range of retreat spaces, adjacent to open plan offices, where formal or impromptu meetings could be held, phones calls taken, or quiet work completed along with finalised agreement on finishes and workstation specifications. 

Project facts

CSIRO staff have been brought together at tailor-made, high-quality, modern facilities at its Black Mountain Science & Innovation Park in Canberra.

A new 15000m² building, comprising office accommodations, laboratories, has been constructed as well as associated infrastructure including car parking and landscaping.

An Experience Centre was constructed early in the project, providing CSIRO’s staff an opportunity to trial the new environment prior to its construction