Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

The University of Technology Sydney’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is the first building in Australia to be designed by one of the world’s most influential architects, Frank Gehry. It includes teaching, learning, research and office accommodation space for over 2,000 students and 500 staff, and features extensive public spaces, student lounges, cafes and outdoor roof terraces.

Lendlease appointed A.G. Coombs to deliver mechanical and HVAC services to this world-class, cutting edge building.

The new systems feature energy efficient air cooled chilled water and condensing gas boiler plant. Integrating air distribution and other services into the new facility’s irregular shape in order to meet the needs of its multi-purpose spaces was a key challenge.

Each of the larger lower floors is divided into six floor segments and the building façade folds in between these elements bringing natural daylight deep into the centre of the floors. Energy modelling and rationalisation of air conditioning zones to support the unique building orientation, and a move to air cooled chillers from water cooled plant, will help reduce the facility’s environmental impact, over time.

Lendlease is proud to be working on such a distinctive facility; one that will create history within the building industry. With the assistance of A.G. Coombs, we are creating a building that is not only striking but also highly functional. We are helping UTS to achieve its goal of creating an environment to inspire creative thinking and facilitate collaboration and communication, for years to come.

Luke James, Project Engineer, Lendlease

Project Overview

Project Name: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

Location: NSW

Client: Lendlease

Project Value: $7.5 million

Year Completed: 2014

Project Type

Construction - new build


  • A.G. Coombs’ value engineering services contributed to improving the building’s overall environmental performance and helped with reducing costs.
  • The smart air conditioning systems, which switch off when offices are empty for an extended period of time, are already contributing to the new facility’s low carbon emissions.


  • 2016 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards: Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building.
  • 2015 Master Builders Association National Excellence in Construction Awards: National Public Buildings Award – Over $50 Million - winner.
  • 2015 Master Builders Association NSW Awards: Tertiary Buildings over $100m, Best use of Bricks and Best use of Architectural Steel - winner.
  • Think Brick Awards 2015: Joint winner of the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award for the best commercial brick building in Australia - winner.
  • 2015 Good Design Awards: Product Design – Hardware and Building Award for its custom-made bricks - winner.
  • 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards: People's Choice Award for oval classrooms - winner.
  • 2015 AIQS (Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors) Infinite Value Awards: Innovation Project Award - winner.
  • Green Building Award in the 2015 World Environment Day Awards - Finalist.
  • Biennial, international Wienerberger Brick Awards - Top 10 Category Finalist.

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