Location: Melbourne
Building: Deakin University Burwood Campus – New Law School Building
Year: 2020
Value: $2.500.000

Project Overview

The new law school for Deakin University’s Burwood Campus comprises a nine-level building that will provide 20,000 square metres of teaching and learning spaces, student support and wellbeing spaces, staff workspaces and basement car parking.

A number of environmentally sustainable features are incorporated into the building including rooftop solar panels, high efficiency HVAC and lifts and rainwater harvesting, in addition to glare control systems and a connection to end-of-trip facilities.

The new building will be operational for Trimester 2, 2020 and will feature:

  • Five levels of flexible, active learning spaces for general purpose teaching.
  • Two levels of student support and health and wellbeing services
  • One level of staff workspace – a new home for the Deakin Law School.

It will also be Deakin’s first leading–edge sustainable building with key design features including rainwater harvesting and use, glare control systems, activity and fitness spaces, and a fully accessible connection to end–of–trip active transport facilities.

Scope of Works

Newscom were engaged by Anova Electrical to deliver the communications and ICT package for the project including a Commscope Category 6A structured cabling system through the building and AFL Global fibre optic solution for all inter and intra building fibre optic cables.

The Cisco active networking equipment and wireless access points were also part of the package to be supplied and installed by Newscom.

A new main communications room was established on the basement level 1, which housed the main equipment racks for the communications infrastructure and in the external building fibre optic links.

Levels 1 through to 7 each had two new communications rooms, with two equipment racks in each room. One for the communications infrastructure, and one for the audio-visual equipment. Each communications room was supplied with dual 24 core fibre optic cables for redundancy.

Over 3,100 category 6A UTP outlets were installed throughout the building along with 744 cores of terminated fibre cabling.

Active networking

A total of 82 x Cisco C9300-UXM switches were supplied, installed and fully patched to ensure that each of the 3,100 data outlets in the facility was ready for use.

Careful planning and documentation was required so that each individual port was referenced on a spreadsheet with details of the equipment for configuration by Deakin IT staff.

Over 180 x Cisco wireless access points were supplied and installed to provide Wi-Fi coverage to 100 percent of the floor area and external areas surrounding the building.

50 x 32amp intelligent rack mounted power distribution units were provided to the equipment racks, to distribute UPS and non-UPS power to the 82 network switches installed throughout the project.

Newscom are proud to have been able to deliver this successful project with a high level of detail to the satisfaction of the end user, Deakin University.

Law School Exterior Concept
Moot Court
Main Fibre Distribution Rack
Typical Comms Rack (Front)