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International Marine and Antarctic Studies

International Marine and Antarctic Studies

Commercial

Hobart, TAS

International Marine and Antarctic Studies

Commercial

Hobart, TAS

JMK (for John Holland / Fairbrother JV)

2014

Project Description

The opening of the University of Tasmania's $45 million Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) headquarters on Hobart's Princes Wharf on 24 January 2014 cements Tasmania's reputation as a global leader in research and teaching. The five-star Green Star-rated building will house 290 staff and students, five purpose-built, state-of-the-art laboratories, a 92-seat waterfront lecture theatre and a public exhibition area. Premier Lara Giddings, Tasmanian Liberal Senator David Bushby and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen opened the building. Professor Rathjen described the building as ‘a magnificent emblem of our university's strategic direction and our aspirations for Tasmania’. Hanson’s positive long-term relationship with JMK and Fairbrother was a critical element in the winning of the project, along with our strong technical capability and our reputation for successfully delivering on projects of a larger scale.

Challenges and Solutions

In terms of mix, the challenge lay in balancing the cement to the fly ash replacement, and gaining sufficient early strength to enable post-stressing within a tight build schedule. From a supply and logistics point of view, the build was challenging as it occurred in a busy, high-visibility area of Hobart, adjacent to the iconic Salamanca Place. The difficulty as far as the supply of raw material was concerned, was that as there is no continuous supply of fly ash in Tasmania, so it had to be shipped in specifically for this project with significant lead-time.

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