Cairns Innovation Centre (CIC)James Cook University (JCU)






Watpac Construction



VAE Group have been engaged by Watpac to undertake the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) Solutions on the Cairns Innovation Centre at James Cook University Campus.

#The Project

The three-storey multi-functional building will provide university staff, students, and external partners with access to a variety of spaces designed to promote innovation scientific and pedagogical activities with areas for meetings, administration, and amenities. An additional single-storey ancillary/support building of approx. 3,546m2 will also be constructed on site.

CIC building has a unique façade which is wrapped in a mesh fabric screen so that coloured images can be projected onto the building. With internal spaces structured around a central atrium featuring a floor to ceiling green wall and floating staircase, the CIC building sets a new benchmark for contemporary and sustainable design.

VAE’s contract includes the supply and installation of the mechanical services including: Air Handling Units (AHU), Preconditioner Units (PCU), Chilled Water Fan Coil Units (FCU), associated pipe and ductwork, Mechanical Services Switchboard (MSSB) and the Building Management System (BMS).


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