Design Guidelines
Macquarie University Property
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Active Learning Spaces

Space description

Active Learning Spaces are designed as a flexible, multi purpose educational space for:

  • education content delivery,
  • interactive learning activities,
  • interactive discussion, and
  • active learning.

Active Learning Spaces will typically be based on a flat floor principle with flexible furniture arrangements, and will often have greater AV and IT capabilities than a typical Tutorial Room to augment content sharing capabilities.

Adjacencies

This space is to be located adjacent to student / circulation zones and near to other student collaboration spaces.  Space within should be open, and only be divisible to provide zones for smaller groups to collaborate.  Any internal divisions should be moveable.

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Components

Planning

Planning

Site factors Ideally locate near a student common space and/or a space that allows congregation before and after the room is in use.
Room and Spaces Planning Requirements Square or rectangular - nominal maximum X:Y, 1:2
Design occupancy 20 - 100
Area - Approx 2m2/person, depending on desired layout
Other - Design for complete flexibility with furniture arrangement, device interaction, and subject delivery
- Usage is typically transient for 1-4 hour periods
- High use space with various user groups.

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Building fabric

General

General - Layout of loose furniture to provide appropriate access through room.
Design principles - Design for frequent and transient occupancy.
- Provide appropriate sight lines for installed AV and white boards.
- Provide appropriate floor to ceiling height to suit AV spec; nominal 3m.
Materials & finishes - Use hard wearing, durable finishes.
Proprietary items -

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Materials & Finishes

Paint finishes - Use hard wearing, low maintenance, low VOC paints.
- Nominal base colours: Brilliant White, Napkin White
- Feature wall colours to be determined through design process. 

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Internal Walls

Impact Resistance Impact resistant walls are recommended
Fire Rating -
Wall Finish Pinboard finish from floor to 2100mm to front and rear wall.
Pinboard not required below windows with sills less than 1800mm above floor.
Skirtings All skirtings to be metal or aluminium with black finish.

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Floors

General Selection Requirements - Provide for high traffic, low maintenance.
Preferred Material Selection - Carpet tiles - 500mm x 500mm
Carpet - Carpet finish to designer's specification.
- Alternative colours may be used to enhance vibrancy of space.
Other -

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Ceilings

Ceiling - Painted set plasterboard ceiling, or tiled grid system.
Ceiling Heights - Nominal min. 3m floor to ceiling height.
Ceiling Selection - Finish to suit room/building design
Acoustic Ceilings - Acoustic ceiling tiles to be used where recommended by designer.

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Openings

Windows

Window Selection Requirements - Windows are required to provide natural light to these spaces.
- Preferred sill height at 1200mm above FFL.
Glazing - External window glazing is to be integrally tinted for glare and heat transfer control to meet the regulatory requirements.
Other- Windows should not be openable in air conditioned spaces.

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Doors

Doors Type - Half glass door, sidelight, or vision cutout to circulation.
Door Function - Provide latch to allow door to hold open.
Fire / Acoustic Rated - As per building design spec.
Frame Type - As per building design spec.
Glazing - Half glazed door or side light to circulation spaces
Door Hardware Lock type
Classroom lock with Cardex swipe security.

Keying / locking
Swipe Card Access - Tutorial
Master keying
Master keyed - Tutorial
Other
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Other- Operable walls are not desirable but where required they are to be acoustically rated.

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Furniture

Furniture

General Design Principles - Furniture selection to be determined through design process.
- Furniture to be mobile and allow for flexible arrangements.
Recommended Desk Selection - Desk selection to be determined through design process.
Recommended Chair Selection - Task chairs on castors required for active learning spaces.
OtherLecterns - refer to AV component specs.

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Fixed Furniture

Whiteboards - Whiteboards required throughout, to design spec.
Pinboards Not required.
Notice Boards Not required.
Projection and LCD Screens As per AV spec.
Lecterns As per AV spec.

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Fittings

Window Coverings

Blinds - Window blinds for brown out or block out function.
- Preferred product: Luxaflex manually operated roller blinds.
- Operation can be programmed in to lectern. 

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Signage

General and Room numbering Refer to Signage component specs and the Signage and Wayfinding guidelines.

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Security

Security

Security type / group A
CCTV CCTV to have coverage in adjoining circulation spaces.
CCTV not desirable in teaching spaces.
Access control Swipe card access to room via cardax system..
Keying Refer to Doors
OtherInclude Reed switches to doors and operable windows.

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Acoustics

Acoustics

Noise level Noise Level Within space should be considered
Noise emittance Limited internal noise emittance
Room to room - Room to Room acoustics should be minimised.
- Provide acoustic door seals to break out spaces, and between adjoining teaching spaces.
- Acoustic treatment within walls and ceiling spaces to be incorporated where required.
Room acoustics - Room reverberation time to be considered.
- Recommended mid frequency reverberation time of 0.6-0.8 seconds.

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Services

Ventilation

Natural ventilation - Not desirable.
Supply air - As per building spec, to suit occupancy.
Controls - Centrally controlled preferred.

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Conditioning

Mechanical cooling - Air Conditioning - refer to Mechanical Design Specification.
Mechanical heating - Provide Heating - refer to Mechanical Design Specification.
Controls - Centrally controlled preferred.
Other -

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Fire protection

Fire detection Fire detection / alarms to comply with NCC.
Fire suppression - As Required for design of building
Portable fire equipment - As Required for design of building.

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Illumination

Light fixtures- LED based fittings to suit layout
- Task lighting may be incorporated pending layout
Lighting / lux levels - 240 lux
Lighting controls - Managed by BMS, refer to Design Guide
- Isolate zones in relation to AV spec.
Other - Task lighting to lectern.
Natural LightingDaylight- Natural daylight to room required
Brownout- Brownout of room is required

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Communication / AV

Voice - Lecturn selection pending room size, (VGA input, Data Projector)
Data - 2 double data points adjacent to white board.
- 2 general data points in room.
- Other data ports as specified through design process
AV type - AV to AVTS and design specification
WAP - Wireless Access point to all of room to MQ IT specification.
Other - Data for Lectern,
- Resident PC for Lectern
- Phone handset behind or near lectern.

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Commissioning

Commissioning

AV Commissioning -
Services Commissioning -

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