Redevelopment of Federation University SMB Building 'A' | BSPN Architecture

Redevelopment of Federation University SMB Building 'A' | BSPN Architecture | Photographer: BSPN Architecture

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Redevelopment of Federation University SMB Building 'A' | BSPN Architecture

Traditional Land Owners


Educational Architecture
Regional Prize (VIC)
SJ Weir (Ballarat)
BSPN Architecture
Rhiannon Slatter
Project summary

The redevelopment of SMB Building A for Federation University Australia provided an opportunity to reveal a building hidden beneath a century of repurposing. The existing U-shaped floor plan and constrained site conditions worked to form an approach around infilling the existing courtyard to provide access, view lines, and historical references. The project includes significant educational, environmental, sustainability, and technology enhancements that combine to create a unique facility. The project is a bold confirmation of the academic direction for the University within a heritage context, creating a modern, cooperative learning, teaching, and industry engagement hub. Affirming the significant past investment within an asset with local and national importance. Beyond the educational benefits, the project also confirms the regional tertiary education centre that Ballarat will continue to be.

Victorian Jury Presentation

The Federation University Co-operative Centre of Excellence design enables the transformation of a heritage building into a modern, co-operative learning, teaching and industry engagement hub. By sensitively bringing together the best of a grand old building with modern technology, acoustic and thermal performance and a layout that promotes engagement and collaboration, this design is supporting Federation to become Australia’s first co-operative university.

Project Practice Team

Ali Greer, Graduate of Architecture
Amelia Cloney, Design Architect
Chloe Walbran, Interior Designer
Dyllon Peiris, Interior Designer
George Bush, Senior Designer
Jenny Hou, Graduate of Architecture
Jessica Randazzo, Interior Designer
Luke Ponti, Project Architect
Megan Rodgers, Graduate of Architecture
Michael Thom, Design Architect
Rebecca Krisanski, Graduate of Architecture
William Campbell, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

A.S.James, Geotechnical Engineer
Glasshouse Creative Media, Heritage Photographer
JHA Engineers, Services Consultant
Lighthouse Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
Orbe Fire Engineering, Fire Safety Engineer
Stantec, Land Surveyor
Stantec, Structural Engineer
Wendy Jacobs, Heritage Consultant
Wilde and Woollard, Quantity Surveyor

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