All projects undertaken on our campuses are required to comply with Masterplan objectives and strategies. Projects may vary in scale and complexity but collectively contribute to each campus' experience.
The following is a selection of projects which have had a significant impact in realising the Masterplan vision.
Green Chemical Futures
Aligned with the Masterplan vision, the Green Chemical Futures building at Clayton campus places Monash firmly on the path to becoming a leader in the global shift towards green and sustainable chemistry.
This building houses over 100 scientists, provides for targeted industry-driven research in the chemical sciences sector, and delivers all chemistry undergraduate teaching in world-class modern laboratories. Industry and University partnerships include Waseda University (Japan), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the CSIRO, the Chemicals and Plastic Manufacturing Innovation Network, the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing, the Food Innovation Centre and the Perkin Elmer/Monash University Analytical Facility.
Energetic and collaborative learning and teaching spaces that demonstrate leadership in education and research have been incorporated throughout the building, with a double-height foyer and open spaces linking the levels. Lower levels contain flexible teaching and learning spaces, while the upper floors house research and translational facilities.
In accordance with the University's Sustainable Development Policy, the building has been awarded the 5-star Green Star Design and As-Built certification – equivalent to 'Australian Excellence' in sustainable development. The building also showcases best practice in sustainable laboratory design with the seamless integration of function and architecture, including a self-shading façade and a super-efficient air handling system.
New Horizons is a state-of-the-art research complex located at the University’s Clayton campus. Integrating around 450 staff from Monash and the CSIRO, the facility aims to transform manufacturing in areas such as biomedicine, transport, aerospace and mineral processing.
The primary focus of the four-storey, 23,000 m2 building is to bring together outstanding researchers to tackle some of the greatest challenges in research – problems that require a range of research skills that are broader than those found in individual disciplines. Every aspect of this building’s design enables interaction by assembling teams within interactive and engaging spaces.
Designed by Lyons Architecture, the building features an impressive atrium that connects four floors under an expansive glass roof designed to encourage visibility of movement and collaboration. The building was awarded the University's first 6-star Green Star Design rating under the Education V1 tool, recognising it as a 'World Leader' in sustainable design.
Learning and Teaching Building
The Learning and Teaching Building is the largest infrastructure development program in the history of the Clayton campus. The four-storey building will incorporate formal and informal learning and teaching spaces, a retail precinct, underground parking, cyclist facilities and will become the new home for the Faculty of Education and the Office of Learning and Teaching.
Open to all students and staff in furthering innovative teaching and learning practices, the building will feature contemporary and flexible spaces supported by embedded technology. It will become a physical demonstration of Monash's commitment to the Better Teaching, Better Learning agenda.
This project is seeking a 5-Star Green Star certification, achieved via an iconic roof structure designed to harvest solar power and filter daylight into the upper levels, and a signature shade structure that minimises the need for internal cooling. A 200-panel rooftop solar array will help supplement the building’s energy requirements.
Construction on the Learning and Teaching Building commenced in early 2016. The building will open to all students and staff in mid-2018. For more information or to see a time-lapse video of the building being constructed, visit the Learning and Teaching Building webpage.
Monash University Library is currently in the midst of an exciting period of transformation that will see the major refurbishment of both the Sir Louis Matheson Library at Clayton and the Caulfield Library. These refurbishments will enable us to keep pace with the diverse and changing needs of our campus community, and to welcome a new generation of learning and teaching styles.
In alignment with the Masterplan, these libraries will become academic incubators for inter-faculty collaboration and student interaction, providing contemporary, stimulating and flexible learning environments and informal study spaces.
The seating capacity will almost double to cater for future campus population growth and provide spaces that technologically support collaborative and relaxed learning. Included in the refurbishments will be in-house cafés to improve the staff and student experience.
For more information visit the Transforming Libraries webpage.
The Campus Centre and Northern Plaza redevelopment aims to create an exciting ‘all day’ activities hub at the heart of the Clayton campus. As the Campus Centre is integral to campus life, this revitalisation creates a warm and welcoming space for students, staff and visitors to meet, study, work and relax.
The development features outdoor restaurant seating under a glass ceiling and a rejuvenated landscape including an expansive timber deck, barbeques, natural grassed areas and outdoor furniture. A large outdoor LED television (‘the Big Screen’) broadcasts news, movies and major events into the Northern Plaza.
Internal retail spaces within the Campus Centre have been redeveloped, and a services hub with ATMs, bank branches and a post office has been created near the newly configured Monash Bookshop. New food and drink outlets have progressively opened throughout the year, including Subway, Sushi Sushi, PapaRich and Super Natural.
Clayton Urban Community
Six new residential halls make up the Clayton Urban Community, each of which feature modern apartments and vibrant shared spaces to create a rich independent living experience for residents on campus.
The designs for Briggs, Campbell, Holman, Jackomos, Logan and Turner halls focus on sustainability, accessibility and fostering a strong sense of community for their residents. Each contains cleverly planned and beautiful spaces which are connected to the Clayton campus via landscaped community areas and walk networks.
All of these residencies are built to Green Building Council of Australia standards, and the University seeks certification for each building after their first year of operation. Three of these new residencies have achieved a Five Star Green Star rating for excellence in environmentally friendly design, and we will seek certification for the remaining residencies in early 2017.
The Clayton Urban Community has been named the best Victorian urban design architecture for 2016 by the Australian Institute of Architects. Logan Hall, Holman Hall and Campbell Hall were also recognised as the best of Victoria’s multi-dwelling residential architecture.
For more information visit the Monash Residential Services webpage.
Alexander Theatre Redevelopment
The Alexander Theatre is currently undergoing a major refurbishment which will transform it into a versatile and truly contemporary performance space and strengthen its historical and cultural significance to the Greater Melbourne region.
Funded with the support of the Victorian Government, the Ian Potter Foundation and Monash Foundation, the project will form the cornerstone of a new cultural precinct for the University. Once the theatre is refurbished, work will extend to replacing the Rotunda at 46 Exhibition Walk with a new 130-seat Sound Gallery and a 200-seat Jazz Club.
This cultural precinct will establish a vibrant and inclusive heart for Monash Clayton in line with the Masterplan, combining major restorations with new buildings, public spaces, courtyards, pedestrian walks and landscaped gardens to re-establish and celebrate the original concept of the theatre and surrounding spaces.
The Alexander Theatre will reopen its doors in 2018, with the Jazz Club and Sound Gallery to follow in 2019.
For more information visit the Alexander Theatre Redevelopment webpage.
Landscaping works are now well underway in the Forum – the lawn area between the Sir Louis Matheson Library, Menzies Building and Chancellors Walk. These works will rejuvenate the area, complement the new library entrance, and create a contemporary, central and ceremonial space.
We’ll create a new open courtyard and decked area for informal study and relaxation, and improve access with larger walkways, integrated boardwalks and better lighting. Fresh lawn areas and new native plantings will help reinvigorate the landscape and establish it as a welcoming outdoor space for the Clayton campus community.
A new cascading water feature will form the centrepiece of the landscape. This will filter water into 300,000 L harvested water storage tanks beneath the landscape for sustainable irrigation.
Key landscaped areas will open in February 2017 with the completion of the new library entrance. The campus community will have access to the completely revitalised space in June 2017.
Caulfield Campus Green
The Caulfield Campus Green offers students and staff a central recreational hub. Many diverse spaces combine to deliver a cohesive landscape designed to encourage socialisation, mindfulness, creativity and relaxation.
Integrated ‘blueprint’ artwork by Agatha Gothe Snape helps feed the imagination of the campus, and functions as a multipurpose sports court and activity zone. The sunken lawn and timber decked terrace provides a new organised event space, while outdoor tables and chairs allow for spill-out activity from neighbouring teaching, learning and retail spaces.
The 90m embedded water feature is the centrepiece of the Green, acting as a natural stormwater treatment and harvesting system that filters water into major underground storage tanks. This water sensitive urban design aims to supply over 80% of the landscape’s water usage needs.
From a space dominated by vehicles, multiple level changes and disjointed patches of grass to an iconic campus green, the transformation of this central landscape was awarded the 2016 Victorian Award of Excellence for Urban Design by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Jock Marshall Reserve Nature Walk and Monash Circuit
The Jock Marshall Reserve is a historically significant natural asset of Monash University. The reserve was established at Clayton campus in 1961 by the Foundation Chair of Zoology and Comparative Physiology, Professor AJ ‘Jock’ Marshall (1911-1967). Jock Marshall was passionate about the campus and had a unique conservationist vision for the landscape.
In September we’ll complete construction of a nature walk and footbridge through the Reserve. This elevated boardwalk will provide safe access from Blackburn Road into the University, deliver unique field research opportunities for students of the School of Biological Sciences and provide visitors with an ecological snapshot of the original native landscape.
Accompanying this new nature boardwalk is the Monash Circuit, a 2km jogging/walking track with a 1km Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant loop around the University’s sporting precinct. This track will be open to all students, staff and visitors, and will feature after-hours lighting, staggered exercise stations and drinking fountains.
With an ever increasing demand for electricity, the University has been installing large-scale solar arrays at each of our Australian campuses. We currently operate 3791 solar panels and counting, generating more than 664,346 kWh – the equivalent electricity needed to power 114 average Australian homes for a year.
The drive for this comes from our commitment to generate our own energy from renewable sources, reduce our demand for grid electricity and support the renewable energy industry. To assist in meeting our carbon reduction targets, we also purchase a minimum of 15% Greenpower from certified renewable sources.
Our first large-scale solar array was installed at the Clayton Campus Centre in 2010. Since then we have installed a 70kw solar system at 30 Research Way, allowing us to produce 75% of the building’s power requirements. Additional solar arrays have followed at the Clayton Residential Village, Clayton Urban Community and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.
A 540 solar panel array was added to our Peninsula Library in 2013, providing more than 60% of the building’s electricity needs through renewable energy. Installations at the Parkville and Berwick campuses bring the University’s clean energy generating capacity up to 0.6MW. A further 3.5MW of solar panels are set to be installed on all other available roof spaces across our campuses.
Monash Transport Interchange
Nearly 60% of students, staff and visitors travelling to our campuses use a sustainable means of transport. Whether you travel by public transport, car, cycling or on foot, we are working to ensure your transport and access to campus is environmentally responsive, reliable, convenient and secure.
As part of this commitment, we have recently commenced works on the upgrade of the Clayton Bus Loop to the new Monash Transport Interchange. This new interchange will deliver a world-class sustainable public transport hub with improved integration of bus, cyclist and pedestrian services. We aim to have this project completed in February 2017.
Together with the new Learning and Teaching Building, the Monash Transport Interchange will create a vibrant new front door to the campus from Wellington Road. As a critical public transport connection, it will support the University’s rapidly expanding role as a regional destination, and will provide enhanced sustainable and active transport options for our campus community.
For more information visit the Monash Transport Interchange webpage.
Water harvesting system
The University is committed to reducing potable water usage across all our campuses; an increasing challenge with the rapid and sustained growth of our campus community and associated infrastructure. In order to meet this challenge, we are pursuing the use of harvested stormwater and rainwater for use in irrigation, toilet flushing and cooling towers.
At Clayton we have a number of harvested rainwater tanks located across the campus, with additional storage being installed as part of both the Learning and Teaching Building and Forum Landscaping works. To support these tanks, we’ve built a new filtration rain garden and a connection to Melbourne Water’s local drain. We’re currently installing a harvested water ring main across the campus which will deliver this treated water where it’s needed.
A harvested water system has also been commissioned for our Caulfield campus, which will capture water from the City of Glen Eira’s drains before natural filtration and storage in the major underground storage tanks beneath the Campus Green landscape.
At Peninsula, a similar system is already providing irrigation to the campus gardens. We’re now investigating ways to increase water harvesting capabilities on campus to reduce our reliance on potable water across all applications.