A Look at the University of Wollongong’s New $80 M Research Facility

Molecular Horizons is a purpose-built facility dedicated to illuminating how life works at a molecular level and solving some of the world’s biggest health challenges.

For Richard Crookes Construction the opportunity to be involved in delivering this high impact research facility is as rewarding as its collaborative delivery experience, partnering with the University of Wollongong and our team of consultants and subcontractors.

In this text are reported several quotes from those who were part of the Molecular Horizons project about their experience of working with RCC to deliver this incredible building.

Blake Preston the Senior Manager Project Delivery of the Univesity of Wollongong said:

“The researchers that are in the building they love it. Here they are in a state-of-the-art bright building with new facilities, expanded space and a lot more research capability for them as well and also a higher level of lab certification so they can do higher levels of research.”

Antoine Van Oijen the Director of Molecular Horizons has declared:

“This was a project where the end-users requirements, the scientists, and the process of construction and building was so tightly integrated I think this was a real example of a team of people, academics and construction people, who really had to find each other early on and become a real team with tight and frequent communication.

“And that was a process that was really good to see that happen very efficiently.”

“I have received lots of advice in my career never to be involved with the construction of a new building, but I have to say having done it now it was just an absolute pleasure and a real adventure and I think that’s in large part because of RCC.” Antoine Van Oijen said.

The University of Wollongon’s design is developed in a five-story facility within the operational campus. Courtesy of Richard Crookes Constructions

The building includes office and administration areas with meeting and conference rooms; research and chemistry laboratories (including PC2 and BC2 certified); animal housing; and an astronomy and chemistry roof platform with the rooftop mechanical plant.

These state-of-the-art facilities house some of the world’s most revolutionary technology, including Australia’s most powerful biological electron microscope, the Titan Krios cryo-EM microscope.

Source: Richard Crookes Construction

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