Bio Science Building, NUIM, Maynooth (Third Level)

  • Client: National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM)
  • Architect: Moloney O'Beirne Architects
  • Value(€ million): 80
  • Value($ million): 110
  • Completion date: 2002
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

PUNCH Consulting Engineers commenced working on the structural design of the Biosciences building in 2000.  The main structural frame was constructed with an in-situ concrete frame coupled with a precast floor.  The choice of flat slab construction compliments the large volume of mechanical services requiring long clear runs to service the building.  The building is wing shaped in layout, designed with provision for extensions on both wings.  The main foyer houses a pedestrian cantilever link bridge at first floor level.  The building also incorporates a number of interesting glazing features including a high glazing wall panel to the rear of the foyer and a large glass house structure sitting on the concrete roof.

The Humanities and Social Science Building provides a new 4000m2 research facility comprising of a 3-storey concourse, cellular offices, seminar and conference rooms, imaging laboratory, GIS laboratory, post graduate study and computer rooms, undergraduate 350 seat Lecture Theatre and Exam Hall plus ancillary areas.  The building includes many innovative features such as a DALI lighting control system, Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), solar panels and greywater recycling which will significantly improve the buildings performance, increase energy efficien

The National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) is one of Ireland’s foremost centres of academic excellence with approximately 8,400 students spread over 26 academic departments organised into three Faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; Science and Engineering; and Social Sciences.  In addition to the Biosciences Building and Humanities & Social Science Buildings, PUNCH Consulting Engineers have also completed other projects on the NUIM campus including the Callan Science Building, the Sports Hall & Restaurant and the Science Block.

PUNCH worked closely with the design team on these projects to ensure that the most sustainable solutions were realised and executed to a high standard.  The resulting buildings are an example of modern sustainable design with excellent BREEAM ratings and a low carbon footprint for the life of the building.

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