Design Guidelines
Macquarie University Property

Executive / Dean / VC Work Point

Space description

This space is designed as a workspace for an executive level staff member that is required to undertake extensive sensitive discussions with small groups of people, with a significant degree of privacy.


This space is to be located within office / administration areas and be located to the side of main access pathways.

Where the executive staff member has an assistant (EA), the EA must be located with proximity to the entry door of the executive office.  Refer to 'Staff work point' for EA space requirements.

Examples spaces

Typical Executive Dean office:

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Site factors -  Must not be accessible to general public without passing a reception area
Room and Spaces Planning Requirements - To suit furniture layout Min. 1.5m wide space behind desk for access
Design occupancy - Single office

Nominal Areas:

 - Vice Chancellor: 28 - 35m2

 - Senior executive: 20 - 25m2

 - Executive Dean: 16 - 20m2 

Other - Positioned adjacent to circulation area and/or EA space.

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Building fabric


General - All finishes and colours selected to suit entire office aesthetic.
Design principles - Best practice solutions to be provided, to suit building layout and end user requirements.
Materials & finishes - All finishes and colours specified are to be complimentary to entire office aesthetic.
- Finishes to be confirmed with end user.
Proprietary items - Special furniture, fixtures, or space allowances to be provided when specified by the end user.

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Internal Walls

Wall Finish - Pinboard Finish to 2100mm above FFL, where required by end user.
- Glass magnetized white board/s to 2100mm above FFL, where requested by end user.
Other - Backing for LCD/LED screens where required.
- Picture hanging points or rails where required by end user.
- Sound attenuation between adjoining walls to other offices and meeting rooms.

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General Selection Requirements - To suit office fitout.
Variations - Rugs may be placed on top of carpet, as required by end user.
Preferred Material Selection - Carpet tiles to match adjoining office spaces.
Carpet - 500x500 tiles preferred
Resilient Floor Finishes CP - Carpet finish.
Other Ducted Skirting to perimeter

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Ceiling Finishes - Set plaster, grid tiles, or acoustic panel, as required
Ceiling Heights - Preferred minimum height: 2700mm above FFL.
Ceiling Selection

- Set plaster, grid tiles, or acoustic panel, as required.

- Preferred tiled system: 1200x600 grid.

Acoustic Ceilings Gridded acoustic tile ceiling Ecophon Acoustic in White
NRC: 0.6 - 0.8 Absorptive Ceiling

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Window Selection Requirements Windows are required for this space.
Glazing -
Observation Windows - Observation window required to EA and/or adjoining corridor space.
Visual Privacy - Blinds may be used to aid visual privacy.
- Frosting may be used on internal glass to aid visual privacy.
Other - External glazing, sill height 1000mm preferred.
- Internal safety glass glazing to adjacent circulation space from floor to 2100mm above FFL.

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Doors Type Fully glazed, or glazed sidelight to door.
Door Function Entry Door Lockable.
Fire / Acoustic Rated -
Frame Type -
Glazing Glazed Sidelight
Door Hardware - Lock type: Office lock if enclosed
- Keying / locking: 
Keyed to Differ (KD)
- Master keying: 
Master keyed - Administration & Staff (AF)
- Copy of key to be kept by EA where required.

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General Design Principles - All furniture to be specified in consultation with end user.
Recommended Furniture Selection - To suit office aesthetic where possible.
Desk Selection - Minimum of 1800mm wide desk
- Size and finish to be coordinated with end user.
Chair Selection - Executive task chair
Other - Mobile pedestals as required by end user
- Credenser units as required by end user
- Meeting table and chairs (nominal 4 persons) as required by user
- Visitor seating as required by end user

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Fixed Furniture

Whiteboards - Whiteboards as required by end user
Pinboards - Pinboards as required by end user
Storage furniture - Shelving and storage cupboard/cabinets as required by end user
AV - LCD/LED or smart board, as required by end user

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General Design Principles -
Handrails & Balustrades -

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Window Coverings

Blinds - As required for building and end user comfort
Curtains - As required for building and end user comfort

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Design Principles -
Office Signage - Sliding plate name signage to be provided where requested by faculty/department.
- Plates to display as follows:
Line 1:   Name 1Line 2:   Name 2 (if required)Line 3:   Department/Office
Door Signage Number Sequential within block Ie. "XXXXXX"

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Security type / group  
CCTV - Not Required in office.
Access control - Swipe or key access.
Intruder detection Not Required
Keying Refer to Doors

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Noise level Consideration Required.  Minimise sound transmission through adjoining walls.
Noise emittance Low - Sensitive.
Room to room Room to room sound transmission should be reduced - Minimise sound transmission through adjoining walls.
Room acoustics Room Acoustics - Room reverberation time to be considered

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Natural ventilation - Natural Ventilation as redundancy for mechanical.
- Manually Openable Windows
Supply air - AS 1668 Supply Rate
Controls - Within office or adjoining EA space

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Mechanical cooling Conditioned space - Air conditioning
Mechanical heating Conditioned space - Heating to MQ Mechanical standard
Controls - Commensurate with building system
- Reed Switch To Openable Windows / Louvres
Other -

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Fire protection

Fire detection Fire detection/alarms to comply with NCC.
To Code Requirements
Fire suppression FIRE HOSE REEL
As Required by Regulations
To Code Requirements
EWIS To Code Requirements
To Code Requirements
Other -

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Lighting / lux levels - 240 lux
- Task lighting as required by end user
- Special lighting as required by end user
Lighting controls - Managed by BMS, refer to BMS Design Standard
- Dimming Capability
- Movement Sensor
- Manual Override
Other -
Natural Light - Daylight - Natural daylight to room is required

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Type - GPO Points to suit requirements and desk layout.
- Min 4 Double GPO's
- Standard Power Required - Refer to Electrical Design Standard
Other - Power on ducted skirting cable management to be considered.
- Power for AV items to be concealed behind AV where possible.

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Communication / AV

Voice - 2 double data points required
- Voice / Data Provision Required
Data - To desk
- To AV items
AV type - As per user requirements
WAP - Wireless Access to entire floor required
Other -

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Building Commissioning -
Services Commissioning -
As Built Documentation -

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