Deakin University, Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET)

Project Details

Gray Puksand

Building Ke, Nicol Drive North, Geelong VIC 3216


Project Overview

Deakin University’s Centre for Advanced Design and Engineering Training (CADET) at Waurn Ponds in Geelong is a unique education facility in the Australian University sector, modelled on international experience and best practice in delivering a state-of-the-art, sustainable training facility with the latest in cutting edge technologies and specialist learning resources.

CADET represents a transition from more traditional modes of learning and working to an innovative approach where engineering education is embedded in research activity, with an emphasis on design-based learning and industry collaboration. The focus is on enabling engineering students to experience real world scenarios where an idea is developed from a concept, to prototype, to customised manufacture.

Gray Puksand worked closely with the Deakin stakeholder group to deliver purpose-built laboratories, design studios, workshops and interactive learning spaces, furnished with industry-leading technology and equipment, designed to enable students to creatively solve real-world engineering problems. Social spaces are also in the mix and academic staff work collaboratively in open plan office areas.

Mark Freeman, Partner at Gray Puksand and CADET project leader, formulated a series of briefing sessions and planning workshops with key Deakin academic and technical staff during the planning and design development phases of the project. This strategy ensured that the complexities of each specialised area were understood and allowed for in the detailed design.

Professor Guy Littlefair, Head of School at the School of Engineering says CADET redefines how a modern, design-based engineering school should be configured to provide a stimulating and supporting learning environment. "The Deakin team was led through facilitation from the designers at Gray Puksand and from the very start of the dialogue, the learning outcomes for students remained at the fore of the purpose," he said.

"The project has exceeded the original intent, and this is down to the attention to detail by the design team and their linking back to the Deakin stakeholder group. In terms of a learning environment, all aspects of the centre have been delivered to provide for an exceptional space, comprising state-of-the-art functionality and equipment together with a flexible office environment for all school staff - in itself a notable outcome."

He said the building itself, including the services, has become a learning tool for engineering students. "This integration of learning philosophy was progressed throughout the design and construction process and was very much championed by the design team with key input and comment from the Deakin stakeholder group."

This page last updated: Tuesday 24 May 2016