Jane Foss Russell Building, University of Sydney

This building acts as a mini city centre, bringing together disparate services for students, staff, visitors and locals.


  • Sydney, Australia


  • University of Sydney

Project Value

  • AU$50 million

Project Status

  • Completed 2008


As part of a major development initiative called Sydney 2010, the University of Sydney sought to redevelop the USYD Central Building and create a new gateway for the education institution. The project includes a 3,500 m2 public plaza, 1,000 m2 of retail, 7,500 m2 of student services and a bridge linking the Camperdown and Darlinghurst campuses. The building had to bring together various existing and disparately located facilities. Our client sought high sustainability standards for the development.


Multidisciplinary Services

We provided all services design, documentation and construction management including audio visual, air conditioning and ventilation, lighting and power specialist lighting, communications, lifts, fire and hydraulic services.


Key aspects of our services design included:

  • Passive chilled beam with 100% outdoor area for office accommodations
  • Hybrid passive chilled beams with displacement ventilation in the library
  • High-efficiency, dual-mode chillers (high and low temperature chilled water)
  • Energy efficient lighting solutions
  • Solar hot water heating
  • Rainwater harvesting for toilets


Key Outcomes

The Jane Foss Russell building contains initiatives aimed at improving the building’s carbon footprint, reducing operational costs and providing a healthy environment for users. It has achieved a 5 Star Green Star Rating and has won several architectural awards.