James Cook University | Engineering and Innovation Place

A Stunning New Home for STEM Innovation


James Cook University


Brisbane, Australia



Year Completed



Kirk Architects


BESIX Watpac

Project Value

AU $94M

Sustainability Benchmark

LEED Gold Rating

The James Cook University Technology Innovation Complex will form a hub for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) innovation and industry collaboration. The intent of the complex is to provide investment and support for local business, particularly through the avenues of STEM, big data and analytics, information technology and technology transformation.

Designed by Kirk, a large focus of the building is on open format offices and workspaces to promote collaboration and innovation between staff and students. The vision is to create a building that references a universal idea of innovation, by designing a shape that uses simple structural elements and allowing the façade to be entirely transparent from within. The modern design features a combination of cross-laminated timber and glulam and aims to achieve a gold sustainability rating. Holmes was engaged in the project to provide a fire safety strategy that would allow the desired architectural layouts.

Our project team developed a holistic fire safety strategy, incorporating structural fire engineering required for this leading-edge STEM complex. We also undertook FDS modelling to analyse the potential affects fire could have on the current design and provide advice to the wider project team and client as required.



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