Oct 12, 2020

Ideas Lab in business to foster FNQ innovation

Ideas Lab in business to foster FNQ innovation

James Cook University’s Ideas Lab is up and running in its new $30 million building in Cairns.

Cairns campus director Dr David Craig said the Ideas Lab brought together JCU staff and students in Internet of Things Engineering and data science, alongside local innovators – individuals and groups for whom ideas meant business.

“This is the home of innovation for Far North Queensland, bringing together JCU researchers and community entrepreneurs in an environment that’s designed to bring our region’s best ideas to life,” Dr Craig said.

The JCU Ideas Lab was funded by the State and Federal governments, and JCU, with each contributing $10 million.

The building was designed by Wilson Architects with local firm Clarke and Prince, and built by Watpac Construction and local sub-contractors in July 2020 on time and within budget.

The Ideas Lab has been designed to meet the gold standard of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an international green building certification program, which helps operators to be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.

Design features include a bioswale that filters the building’s stormwater and 60kW Solar PV System on the roof that feeds into its energy requirements.

Dr Craig said the design maximised collaborative space as well as providing facilities where prototypes could be built and tested.

“If you’ve got an idea or something that could benefit from collaboration with the university, this is the place to be, so contact JCU and we’ll see if we can help you,” he said.