Engineering Building, NUIG, Co.Galway

By amcgrane@ecocem.ie , 11 May 2016 in

Completed in 2010, the Engineering Building at NUIG integrates all engineering activities on campus into an exclusive, state of the art learning facility. The new development houses undergraduate and postgraduate facilities for over 1,100 students and includes state-of-the-art engineering laboratories, research facilities, workshops, computer suites, lecture rooms & teaching tools.

Incorporating Ecocem into its construction not only provided an attractive finish but also demonstrates the importance of embodied energy to the students.

Construction

The design consists of one building, four-stories high, with a floor area of circa 14,190m2 with a single storey Energy Centre, circa 450m2. The project was completed in 2010 costing €27 million/40 million??

Engineers: Arup Consulting

Construction: BAM Contractors

Concrete: Roadstone

Architects: Taylor Architects

GGBS Inclusion: 40% provided by Ecocem

The construction of this building included low embodied energy material including a zinc exterior face. A novel voided slab system was also employed which involved bulking out the concrete with plastic bubble filled with air. This meant that less concrete was needed.

Outstanding Features

A prominent feature throughout this building is the exposed structures that are traditionally covered up during construction. This not only acts as a unique and unusual design concept but also acts as a learning tool for engineering students.

Sustainability

Alongside sustainable construction methods used in this project, are sustainable systems that make this building a great example of sustainable design. In order to minimize the buildings carbon footprint, sustainable systems became a key feature. They include:

  • Natural ventilation
  • Bio-diverse green roof over the central courtyard
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Biomass boiler for energy generation

Won the RIAI 2012 award for Most Environmentally Sustainable Building Award

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