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The spectacular facade has already captured local and national attention. Now, as property and construction company Hindmarsh applies the finishing touches to the iconic Australian Government funded South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the innovative project takes its place as one of the leading medical research facilities in the world.
Hindmarsh is Managing Contractor for the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on the $200 million SAHMRI and the design team includes Woods Bagot (architecture), Aurecon (structure) and Norman Disney & Young (building services).
Hindmarsh is on track to deliver the technically complex facility in December 2013, an outcome Hindmarsh Chief Executive Officer Darren Dougan says is testament to the collaboration and shared vision of all project partners.
The nine storey, circa 30,000 square metre SAHMRI will house up to 675 employees and researchers in fully flexible laboratory spaces. SAHMRI will also contain South Australia’s first cyclotron. The SAHMRI team will occupy the facility from December 2013.
The striking, pine cone skin facade’s unique geometry is a combination of structural steel diagrid sub-frame with an external aluminium suite. It features high performance double glazed triangular panels, woven mesh panels, perforated and solid aluminium infill panels, while sunshades have been designed and orientated for optimum thermal and light efficiency.