Sir Samuel Griffith Centre
- Client Griffith University
- Market Education
- Division Construction
- Value $45 million
- Status Complete
The Samuel Griffith Centre is a model for remote communities that are ‘off-grid’ and cannot access power in Australia and across the world. It also acts as a pilot project for applying this safe, sustainable power supply in urban settings.
The solar-panelled glass façade generates its own power supply while at the same time flaunts its skeletal structure and the 4000m² of usable floor space across its six levels. The glass facade and the building structure have created international interest for its architectural features and as the largest solar powered-hydrogen energy supply demonstration project.
Approximately 30 per cent of the building has been constructed from recycled material and features natural ventilation, grey water recycling and advanced water collection. It has 100 offices and multi-purpose lecture facilities for 200 students.
The project was awarded a GBCA 6 Star Green Star education v1 design rating.
In 2014, the project received the award for 'Research Development and Technology - High Commendation' from the Australian Institute of Building (National) and the 'Professional Excellence Award - Research and Development' from the Australian Institute of Building (Queensland Chapter).