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Ralph and Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute

Client: North Metropolitan Area Health Service

Architect: Bateman Architects

Builder: Cockram Construction

Mechanical Contractor: Triple M

Project Value: $37.7M

Completion Date: March 2017

The five-level, 8,900 square meter building includes assessment and treatment rooms; tissue culture laboratories and facilities for neurodiscovery movement analysis, physiology research, experiments and cryogenic archival storage.

Designed to accommodate four of the State’s premier neurological research organisations, the Ralph and Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute (SNRI) was officially opened by Her Excellency, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia on 26 April 2017. It marks the start of an exciting era in world-class neuroscience research in Western Australia.

Situated on the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Medical Centre site, the new research facility will accommodate Curtin University’s Neuroscience Research Laboratory, the Ear Science Institute of Australia, Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science and Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

Mechanical design features:

  • Single-pass air conditioning systems serving PC2 laboratories
  • VAV air conditioning to offices and support areas
  • Chilled and heating water systems distributed throughout the building
  • Fume exhaust systems
  • Piped laboratory gas systems including vacuum and compressed air
  • Liquid Nitrogen storage and vacuum insulated pipework
  • Building Management System (BMS) integrated with the QEII Medical Centre BMS