RMIT University's iconic Swanston Academic Building has won an elite Victorian engineering award.
The Swanston Academic Building (SAB) won an Engineering Excellence Award in the Building and Structures category at the 2014 Victoria Engineering Excellence Awards (VEEA).
RMIT accepted the award, along with AECOM and Bonacci, the engineers appointed to design the building.
The awards recognise the contribution that engineers make to the community though innovation, teamwork, ingenuity and creativity.
Professor John Wilson, Chair of the VEEA Judging Panel, said: "Being awarded an Engineering Excellence Award requires outstanding achievement in all aspects of project planning, execution and community benefit.
"Particular attention is given to designs which show ingenuity, have contributed to productivity in the region, created economic opportunities or improved the quality of life in the community."
SAB - RMIT's Building 80 - was one of five category winners, selected from 56 entries received from across Victoria.
The building was recognised for its technical complexity and elegant design features, with a particular focus on environmental design and smart automation features.
Executive Director of RMIT Property Services Darren McKee, who oversaw SAB's development and construction, was present to accept the award.
"RMIT is very proud to accept this prestigious engineering services award, in recognition of the leadership role the University has taken with industry, designing and integrating the latest building services and structural technologies to enhance sense of place, and create areas of active learning and community within the SAB," he said.
The $200-million SAB, which opened in July 2012, is RMIT's largest construction project to date.
The 11-storey building provides more than 80 teaching spaces for 6,000 students and 850 staff.
The SAB was presented with a 5-star Green Star Education Rating which provided a template for best practice in all elements of the building design including energy consumption, user comfort, air quality, water consumption, use of materials, building emissions and building management.
The building's façade is made up of numerous external triangular panels, which provide different degrees of shading based on the orientation of the building. This reduces air-conditioning energy consumption by 10% (over BCA minimums) and restricts 80% of direct solar radiation in summer.
Having won the Victorian award, the SAB is now eligible to compete for the National Engineering Excellence Award, with winners to be announced in November 2014.
The iconic building has been recognised with a number of honours, including a Premier's Sustainability Award, National Architecture Award and Victorian Architecture Award.
The SAB was also named Best Public Building the Property Council of Australia's 2014 awards.