A recent CSIRO study highlights the importance of the manufacturing sector to the Australian economy. Totalling 6.05% of our national GDP with an export value of $96.1 billion, the industry employs more than 856,000 people nationwide.
Recent closes across the manufacturing sector within Australia has spurred on the importance of investing in high tech advanced manufacturing to support new employment opportunities and boost economic growth.
Located at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus, in the epicentre of the Geelong Future Economy Precinct, the ManuFutures facility provides tenants with access to the newest technologies, research staff and multidisciplinary business and technical expertise offered by both Deakin University and its partner organisations.
"Vaughan Constructions were selected for this project on the basis of their extensive experience in the design and construction of industrial facilities. While the project had some challenges in the early phases of the works the commitment by Vaughan’s project team to achieving a quality result that ultimately met the Universities timeframe was exemplary."
Jason Ah Sam, Deakin University, Regional Manager, Capital Projects, Facilities Services Division.
Neighbouring like-minded organisations facilitate collaboration and innovation within the Deakin campus, ManuFutures houses up to 15 tenants, to a capacity of 150 people. Such organisations include the University’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET), Carbon Revolution, Carbon Nexus, HeiQ and the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research (IISRI).
Adhering to a tight project programme and subcontractor coordination processes, on a 325 Ha campus with an average of 7,312 students, this project faced significant delivery challenges.
Strict staging saw little room for flexibility, preventing stages from being completed concurrently. Appointed under a Design and Construct contract, Vaughan Constructions implemented innovative solutions to combat various complex challenges.