University of Sydney – Engineering Teaching Precinct (ETP) & Susan Wakil Health Building


Valued at $100m upon completion, University of Sydney have now connected their legacy with the future. This
new purpose-built innovative hub has strengthened the Engineering and Technology Precinct (J03) for future
teaching, study and research spaces.

Opening back in August 2021, the new building consists of nine levels containing students spaces and cutting-
edge research labs. It flows seamlessly from the previous J03 Electrical Engineering Building via a
spectacular glass atrium.

The Challenge

The latest building to the Engineering Teaching Precinct at the University of Sydney is the new Electrical
Engineering Building. The project came with complexities due to the extension required on the existing
60 year old building and consists of approximately 11,000 m2 of new space and 6,000 m2 of refurbished

The redevelopment involved a BCA upgrade of the existing Southern J03 building, and the addition of a new
adjacent 10-storey wing to the building’s North enabling the campus to function during construction. The
building includes teaching labs, research spaces, a school hub and academic workspaces.


The Solution

With sustainability at the forefront of our clients objectives, EA were enlisted to install and commission all
building automation requirements. To ensure effective and efficient operations, installation consisted of the
BMS integration for the following:

  • BMS: Reliable Controls
  •  Three chillers
  • Three cooling towers
  • Two heating boilers
  • AHUs, VAVs, SVAVs, EVAVs and FCUs totaling approximately 200 assets
  • BMS integration with lighting, generator, strobic fans and lab gases through high level interfacesIn addition, site supervisor and commissioning engineers took the lead from a compliance and safety
    perspective to ensure the project complied with building requirements. Our graphics solution packaged installed and powered by RC-Webview covers a multitude of components from floor plans, plant graphics, time schedules and monitoring pages.

The Results

The project commenced in February 2020 and completed in May 2021. The BMS will now assist with energy
efficiency within the Precinct, air quality features and assist in occupancy comforts. In conjunction with
contractor Fredon, who were heavily involved in the UoS project stated:

Environmental Automation have been one of the better experiences we have had with a controls company. The ease of communication and flexibility the EA team delivered was outstanding. Other contributing factors to the success
of the projects was understanding our key expectations and unique lab requirements, delivering the two projects within our requested time frame and on budget. Overall a positive experience & execution. Thank you EA!”

Brett Farrell, Project Manager FREDON

The clients goal was to have a comprehensive view of the building and at the same time easy to navigate. The RC-Webview software will now assist with this process.


Susan Wakil Health Building

  • Location: Western Avenue, Camperdown NSW 
  • Total Area: 21,500m2
  • Project Timeline: July 2019 – October 2020


The Project

Commencing in July of 2019, this state-of-the-art building brings together multiple health disciplines to work
out of the same precinct. Working alongside each other in this new facility has now created unique inter-professional
learning programs and multi-disciplinary research opportunities. It places students and staff at
the forefront of health innovation, learning and policy.

The project required interfacing with lighting, medical gases, lifts and climate control. A unique aspect for EA
on this project, was the integration to a diffuser system. This involved five BACnet gateways across five floors
that monitored and controlled individual spaces throughout the building. Tight time frames were required for
commissioning to meet our clients deadlines.

The Solution

Installation consisted of the BMS integration for the following:
• Two chillers
• Two cooling towers
• Two heating boilers
• AHUs, VAVs and FCUs totaling approximately 250 assets
• BMS integration with lighting, generator and medical gases through high level interfaces.

The Results


The project was finalised in October 2020 on time and within budget. The building includes the following:

• State-of-the-art clinical simulation teaching spaces
• Formal and informal learning and contemporary research facilities
• A multi-service clinic serving research, teaching, industry and community outreach functions
• Activity-based workspaces including a mix of open plan workstations, quiet spaces and social spaces designed to support different ways of working
• A 350-seat lecture theatre
• A rehabilitation gym

“Our major project construction team consisted of the installation of Reliable Controls product for the
University. I was impressed with how easily the whole team adapted to the hardware and software. Where we
initially thought we had time on the project, delays out of our control put us under pressure – at the end but the
team adapted well and delivered.”


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