Design Guidelines
Macquarie University Property

Teaching lab - dry

Teaching lab dry

Space description

The Teaching Dry Laboratory is a General purpose space for practical teaching and learning of various sciences, including;

  • Electronics
  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering 
  • Computing (Hardware)
  • Robotics (with extra spaces as noted)

The Dry laboratory has no plumbing in the room except for a single hand basin to be located next to the entry door.


The Teaching Dry Laboratory is an integral part of the Science Learning Unit and is to have direct access to an adjacent Preparation & Store Room/Rooms or other specific areas based on the specific science teaching to be undertaken.

Teaching lab - dry diagram

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Site factors -
Room and Spaces Planning Requirements - Room proportion to suit correct layout of furniture
Design occupancy - Design for typical 10-50 students
Area - Allow approximately 140m2 for 50 students
Other - Designed as a laboratory, to the Laboratory Code (PC1)

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Building fabric

Internal Walls


- Standard Plasterboard Wall finish (painted Shoji White)

- Impact resistant plaster board where required

Wall fixtures

- Fabric pinboard finish from 900mm to 2100mm where required.

- Magnetic or glass white boards from 900mm to 2100mm where required

OtherSplashback behind basin to 1200mm

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General Selection Requirements - Floor finish determined by lab function
Variations - Carpet may acceptable in computer labs with 150mm anodized skirtings       
Preferred Material Selection - del
Concrete - del
Carpet - del
Entry Floor Mats - del
Floor Tiles - del
Floor Finish Type Marmoleum (Anti-Static)
Other150mm high feather edge black vinyl skirting

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Ceiling Finishes - Non combustible ceiling linings are required
Ceiling Heights - Min. 2400mm above FFL
Ceiling Selection

- Grid ceiling preferred.

- Grid ceilings under plant equipment.

Acoustic Ceilings - Gridded acoustic tile ceiling Ecophon Acoustic in white, or similar.

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Window Selection Requirements - External Windows are desireable for this space.
- Maximise external glazing with sill height 1.2m.
Glazing -
Observation Windows - Windows between access corridor and Lab for observation between 1200mm and 2100mm are required.
Visual Privacy - Frosting as required
Window Furniture - Blinds to external glazing - brown out capability.
Other- Observation window to preparation, where possible, 900mm wide, from 1.2m to door Height(2.1m)
- Adjustable openings min 7% of the floor area for ventilation.

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Doors Type - Entry door to be min. 1.5 leaf solid core with vision panel, with min. 900mm clear opening.
- Door between Laboratory and Preparation solid core with viewing panel
Door Function

- Entry door to be auto opening with cardax swipe to outside and lever exit handle internal.

- Internal door open push button optional.       

Fire / Acoustic Rated - del
Frame Type - del
Glazing Glazed panels to Preparation room, 125mm wide by 600mm high with sill at 1200mm
Door HardwareRefer to Door Hardware Standard

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General Design Principles -
Amenities for Mobility Impaired Persons -

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General Design Principles -
Recommended Furniture Selection -
Desk & Chair Selection -

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Fixed Furniture

Door Entry Mats -
Whiteboards -
Pinboards -
Notice Boards -
Projection Screens -
Lecterns -
Standard AVTS Digital Lecterns -

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General Design Principles -
Handrails & Balustrades -

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Window Coverings

Blinds -
Curtains -
External Awnings -

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Design Principles -
Macquarie University Signage and Wayfinding -

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Security type / group -
Access control -
Intruder detection -
KeyingRefer to Doors

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Noise level -
Noise emittance -
Room to room -
Room acoustics -

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Natural ventilation -
Supply air -
Exhaust -
Controls -

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Mechanical cooling -
Mechanical heating -
Controls -
Other -

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Fire protection

Fire detection -
Fire suppression -
Portable fire equipment -
Other -

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Lighting / lux levels 240 lux minimum
Lighting controls To MQU Standard
C-Bus Programable switching to all labs
Other Recessed/Flush mounted Sealed LED light fittings
Natural LightingDaylightNatural daylight to room is desirable
BrownoutBrownout of room is required
OtherAnti Glare blinds to external window

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Type - LED GPO's throughout 
Quantity -
Other -

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Communication / AV

Voice -
Data -
AV type -
Other -

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Vertical transport

Stairs -
Lifts / escalators -
Materials hoists / other -

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Building Commissioning -
Services Commissioning -
As Built Documentation -

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Examples spaces

Example spaces

Standard Plasterboard Wall finish (painted Shoji White)