The Science Place is an $80 million teaching and learning facility which will promote the sciences and encourage interest in science-based careers in the wider community, collocate the JCU science community on Townsville Campus, and foster interdisciplinary interactions.

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Procurement Strategy:
Traditional Lump Sum

Project Management Team: James Cook University, Estate Office

Design Management Team: Principal Design Consultant – Hassell (Architects)

Sub Consultants:

OPUS (Structural & Facade Engineering Services)

OPUS (Civil Engineering Services)

WSP Buildings Pty Ltd (Mechanical Engineering Consulting Services)

WEBB Australia Group (QLD) Pty Ltd (Electrical Communications, Security, Dry Fire & Vertical Transport Consulting Services)

WSP Buildings Pty Ltd (Hydraulic & Wet Fire Engineering Consulting Services)

WSP Buildings Pty Ltd (Fire Safety Engineering Consulting Services)

CERTIS Pty Ltd (Building Certification & DDA Consulting Services)

ASK Consulting Engineers (Acoustic & Vibration Consulting Services)

Ecomplish Sustainability Consultants (ESD Consulting Services) 

Rider Levett Bucknall QLD Pty Ltd (Quantity Surveyor)


Construction Team: TBC

Cost: $80 million

Funders: Australian Government, James Cook University, CSIRO

Location: The Science Place will be located within the University’s Science and Engineering Precinct, indicatively as shown by the site plan which can be downloaded here.


July 2013 - November 2013 Reverse Brief & Concept Design
November 2013 - March 2014 Schematic Design
March 2014 - July 2014 Design Development
July 2014 - December 2014 Contract Deisgn
February 2015 - March 2015 Tender 
April 2015 - November 2016 Construction
January 2017 - February 2017 Staff moves