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PRESS // Building ECU’s Science Future

Published Date: Tues 6th November 2018 Students studying science, medical or nursing courses from 2020 will be the beneficiaries of a new $48 million science facility at ECU’s Joondalup Campus.

The five-level science building will include 2,500 sqm of laboratory space over two floors.

The building’s laboratories are large-scale and purpose-built to an Australian safety standard for handling and studying potentially hazardous materials.

A further 3,600 sqm over two floors will be available for ECU’s scientists and students to engage with the cyber security industry.

This engagement space will be provide a focal point for Perth’s, Western Australia’s and Australia’s growing cyber security industry. Many commercial and government agencies have already indicated their interest in joining this hub.

The building’s façade will feature the elements of the periodic table in an homage to the teaching, research and scientific industry happening within.

An artists' impression of ECU's new science building

It was designed by Silver Thomas Hanley Architects who specialise in health, science and research facilities.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said the new building was another demonstration of ECU’s commitment to providing the best possible facilities for its students.

“The new science building will give our students access to these specialist laboratories for the first time,” he said.

“ECU is continuing to invest in new facilities to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.”

It’s an approach that has seen ECU awarded five star ratings for student experience for the past 12 years in a row in The Good Universities Guide.

ECU is a global leader in cyber security research, and the University’s commitment to knowledge translation in this area will be demonstrated through real world outcomes in enhancing Australia’s cyber resilience and protection.

The science building is expected to be complete in time for the first day of semester 1, 2020.


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