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The Curtin Midland campus was designed to reflect the look and feel of the Historic Midland workshop precinct, whilst demonstrating an unmistakable link to the Architectural scene of exposed board form concrete, seen at the Curtin Bentley Campus.
The building comprises of complex structural forms which include intricate cantilevered concrete elements, making construction challenging.
The intricate face brickwork with Flemish bond, impressive raking walls and Brise Solei sections, contributes to the distinctive Midland surrounds. The brickwork was completed to the highest standard, exceeding all expectations of the design intent.
The building consisted of aluminium windows and doors, Colorbond roofing and cladding as well as an impressive Curtin wall with Aboriginal art spanning over 3 levels.
The hard and soft landscaping further compliments the building and general surroundings with Interpretive rails to commemorate the Historic scene of the Midland Rails workshop precinct, which included artwork, landscaping and signage to reflect the strong connection to the Wadjuk Nyungar people. This involved extensive coordination between various stakeholders to bring to completion.
Level 1 provides 4 collaborative learning spaces accommodating 30-60 people per area. Learning rooms 1 and 2 are separated by a central operable wall, which when open, can accommodate up to 180 people. These are equipped with the latest ‘state of the art’ audio visual equipment allowing remote access to teaching and learning. Additionally, Level 1 consists of open student areas, with a modern fit out, providing a welcoming atmosphere for flexible and informal discussions. The facility offers bike storage, change rooms and lockers, contributing to the 5 Star Greenstar rating achieved on this build.
Level 2 includes four simulation suites, known as FILM rooms, designed to depict real life healthcare scenarios, for learning and training. Each suite includes a separate collaborative pod with a one-way glass wall, allowing for observation and monitoring whilst the medical student perform their procedures. Level 2 has a range of relaxed informal learning spaces, collaborative pods and balconies, overlooking the Historic Rail precinct.
The medical school’s accommodation is located on level 3. The open design, with operable workstations, and views provides a comfortable workplace for the faculty’s personnel. The accommodation has several quiet rooms a large meeting room and kitchenet. The informal student space on level 3 provides an array of lounges, café style furniture, student break-out area, kitchen and balconies.
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