Adelaide's biggest playground

Located in the heart of Adelaide’s city centre, the University of South Australia (UniSA) Health Innovation Building (HIB) is the final piece of the puzzle in the creation of Australia’s largest Health and Biomedical Research Precinct.

On the 27th February, over 50 clients, design and project team members gathered on the 14th floor to celebrate the topping out and crowning of the university's $247m flagship development.

Opening to the public and students in 2018, the state of the art research building will house the Centre for Cancer Biology, UniSA’s School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences and a world class technology-focused Innovation and Collaboration Centre. Not only that, it will also become Adelaide’s first scientific playground with the addition of a unique public science centre, the Museum of Discovery.

18 months into construction, the Hansen Yuncken team has installed 2,155 tonnes of reinforcing, 183 tonnes of structural steel, 784 precast columns and poured 18,585m3 of concrete. In addition, the design team have invested over 12,000 hours into the projects design coordination and complex digital modelling development.
Following in the steps of an ancient Scandinavian tradition, the team placed an 8ft fern tree on the top concrete slab to signify growth and new beginnings whilst banishing spirits for the future occupants. Signing the concrete also added a personal touch for this team who have created a distinctive team culture throughout the design and construction phase of this landmark development.