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Woodside Building for Technology & Design
Passive House Certified

Monash University
  • Tertiary Education
Not disclosed
2018 - 2020
  • Project Management
  • VIC

The award-winning Woodside Building for Technology and Design is the new home for the Faculties of Engineering and Information Technology at Monash University, providing a space for students and researchers to embrace new technologies, design and innovation in a sustainable environment.

The Woodside Building achieved Passive House status in August 2020 – the largest building in the Southern Hemisphere to do so.

Project Overview

Housing 24 learning spaces, including 14 lecture rooms and an interactive tiered collaborative space accommodating 360 people, the Woodside Building is the first stage of the Technology Education Precinct and is one of a series of strategically positioned learning hubs for the new precinct at the university’s Clayton Campus.

Comprising five levels with a GFA of 19,500 sqm, the building was devised for the faculties using a variety of spaces to provide an interdisciplinary, interactive learning environment purpose built for students to explore, design, construct and investigate.

Our Role

Root Partnerships’ (RP) provided Project Management and Superintendent Services for the project.

Our role included ensuring: the completion of the defined scope of work in the shortest possible time and with minimal cost; that quality expectations were achieved by contractors; exemplary OH&S practices and industrial relations practices during design and construction; achieving cost, time and quality objectives; reviewing and assessing the status of each Consultant’s 70% detailed design (DD) package.

Key Challenge

The key challenges for RP through the lifecycle of this project included: the rapid and robust coordination of tender documentation to enable release to Tier 1 contractors – achieved within 6 weeks; and ensuring construction works stayed on track and within the forecast budget.


Photo credit: Michael Kai and Grimshaw