Combining form, function and sustainability to create a unique educational facility
The engineering design elements that contribute to the success of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) facility are uncovered in a new video by NDY.
The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) complex at LaTrobe University is designed to facilitate collaboration between leading scientists. Researchers from different disciplines including biochemistry, chemistry and genetics work together in well equipped, shared workspaces to achieve research outcomes that would not be possible in traditional academic settings.
LIMS is also an important training centre, providing students and early career researchers with access to the latest equipment and exposure to high impact research projects. The LIMS complex is La Trobe University’s largest investment in research and academic infrastructure to date and represents a 30 percent expansion of its current facilities. The complex includes:
- 34 research and support laboratories, featuring cell culture rooms, equipment rooms, offices for staff and students, and wet research areas
- a 200 seat auditorium for teaching and public lectures
- approximately 3000 square metres of teaching facilities for undergraduate science students
- an equipment suite to house the proteomic/mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy equipment
- advanced microscopy, cytometry and protein chemistry facilities
- third generation DNA sequencing facilities; and
- a SPF animal facility.
According to NDY, LIMS is truly a unique educational facility. The company notes that at this $100 million facility, form, function, sustainability and a playful sense of boldness combine in equal measure to create a learning environment of the highest order. It believes that inspiring the next generation of scientific leaders won’t be too difficult in this environment.
The engineering design elements that contribute to the success of the LIMS facility are uncovered in a new video by NDY: