Advanced Technologies Centre
The Advanced Technology Centre is the university's front door, showcasing leading-edge research facilities and teaching spaces, as well as architectural design and sustainability.
Swinburne's architecturally striking Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC) encompasses 20,000 square metres of leading-edge research facilities and teaching spaces.
Representing the single largest investment in the university's history, the innovative centre cost $100 million to design and construct and houses $40 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment.
Located at Swinburne's Hawthorn campus, the ATC is home to a number of excellent research facilities:
- Advanced Molecular and Proteomics Facility
- Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre
- Cellular Neuroscience Laboratory
- Centre for Ageing: Assistive Technologies
- Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
- Direct Metal Deposition Facility
- Drug Discovery Laboratory and bioMerieux MALDI-TOF Reference Centre
- Electrical Machine Laboratory
- High Temperature Processing Laboratory
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Laboratory
- Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Laboratory
- Materials Characterisation Laboratory
- Microfabrication and Microanalytical Facility
- Microscopy Laboratory
- Nano-biotechnology Laboratory
- Nanofabrication Laboratories
- Non-Contact Inspection and Robotics Laboratory
- Nanophotonics Applications Facility
- Physical Containment Laboratory
- Polymer Processing and Testing Laboratories
- Power System Simulation Laboratory
- Product Design Engineering Laboratories
- Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratories
- Smart Sensing and Signal Processing Laboratory
- Smart Structures Laboratory
- Surface Science and Interface Engineering Facility
The ATC's cutting-edge architectural design includes the Smart Structures Laboratory's transparent walls. On the Burwood Road street front, the public and passers-by can watch as scientists and engineers test the integrity of construction materials and structures of the future using advanced equipment.
Swinburne took this approach to ensure our intensely technological endeavours were on show. We invite the public to look in and engage with our passion for technology and innovation.
As so many of Swinburne’s research collaborations deal with the development of more eco-efficient technology, we also opted for a design that embodied sustainability principles. Sustainability initiatives include the use of recycled materials, a thermal-mass insulating façade, rainwater capture, lighting that adjusts in response to natural daylight levels and the building’s management system which, through its link to the Bureau of Meteorology, can predict changes in weather.
The ATC was the first education building in Australia to be awarded a 5-star green star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.