RMIT Vietnam’s Academic Building 2, or AB2 as it’s known to students and staff, has been named a winner in the High Quality Construction Awards held by Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction.
RMIT Vietnam’s AB2 is one of 50 construction projects in the country to receive the award.
When it officially opened in 2013, AB2 doubled the teaching space at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South, with its 14,400 square metres over six levels able to accommodate up to 1,100 students at any one time.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald acknowledged the million man hours which went into the design, engineering and construction of the building.
“AB2, which meets Australian five-star ‘green building’ standards, was designed by Australian architectural firm Pentago Spowers International,” Professor McDonald said.
“Construction work was carried out by Vietnamese contractor Hoa Binh Construction.
“The work of these contractors, along with the interior design by international firm AEDAS, has enabled the latest in teaching and learning technology and a range of flexible learning spaces.”
The prestigious biannual awards program assesses buildings against criteria such as sustainability, quality assurance, safe construction practices, fire protection, new technology application and complying with construction regulation.
The Ministry of Construction’s High Quality Construction Awards took place in Hanoi in late December 2014.