Innovative engineering facilitates ultra modern campus
Project in brief
Constructed on the site of the former Jacobs biscuit factory this project involved the development of a new city centre education facility for DIT. The development was undertaken in two separate phases.
Phase 1 extended to 10,000m2 over six floors and includes accommodation for classrooms (flat and tiered), offices, Students Union, canteen, library, AV recording studio, and production facility. There are two large lecture theatres stacked as a feature over the open entrance concourse, with its double height glazed walls.
Phase 2 also extended over six floors, totaling 12700m2 in area and in the main serves technology faculty uses. It contains a 5000m2 library, 3000m2 of restaurant and concourse, specialist computer laboratories, basement car park and Students Union extension. Four lecture theatres project in a dramatic feature through the building facades.
The main structure of the building consists of insitu reinforced concrete elements but there are also structural steel elements at roof level and at glazed façades. Phase 1 is supported on piled foundations consisting of driven precast concrete piles, concrete pile caps and ground beams. Foundations for Phase 2 are concrete strip and pad footings.
Dublin Institute of Technology
Architects: Burke Kennedy Doyle
Value: € 32m (2004)
- New build six storey over basement
- City centre site
- Third level College
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The design of the stacked suspended lecture theatres over the curved entrance concourse provided significant structural challenges, given both the large loads and clear spans required.
An imaginative system of flat and raking beams was adopted from which the tiered floors of the lecture theatres were supported.
At LeeMcCullough we have worked on some of the finest educational facilities in the country, combining our specialist knowledge of renovation and adaptation for new use with our long experience of engineering new, high quality accommodation and learning facilities.
To Educational projects we bring:
- Appreciation of the need for engineering facilitation of modern, creative, architectural design
- Recognition of the culture of change and development, which is an integral part of the educational environment today; and
- An understanding of the need for adaptability within structures to meet future changes in curricula and technology Successful educational projects require strategic vision on the part of the client, creative architectural design and specific, innovative, engineering solutions, to ensure a driven and effective team.
For many years now we at LeeMcCullough have utilized our accumulated knowledge and experience in the Education sector to contribute significantly to the projects for which we are commissioned.