Rork Projects were engaged as the head contractor for the refurbishment of two labs within a live environment for the University of Sydney. The project involved the refurbishment of room S188 and S188A at J07 Mechanical Engineering – Antonio Tricoli Building located at the University of Sydney,
The project had specific requirements from the client, which involved installing two fume cupboards and associated exhaust ducting through the ground floor lobby that had low height clearances. The ducting needed to be modified to achieve the minimum height clearance required. In addition, coordination was required with the faculty for deliveries through the loading dock, as well as managing minimum clearances and exclusion zones for the installation of hazardous and flammable gas services, while also ensuring coordination with other services and the architecture layout on site.
Challenges overcome included the coordination between trades to install multiple services such as mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, gas, and lab equipment into a small lab footprint. Another challenge included the replacement of the main mechanical switchboard while coordinating the shutdown of mechanical services to the whole building. Despite these challenges, the project was completed successfully, on time and to a high standard.
The standout achievement of the project was the complexity of coordinating the installation of multiple services in such a small site, each with its own spatial requirement.
As an Indigenous business, we proudly acknowledge that this project was completed on the traditional lands of the Darug people of the Eora Nation.