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HKUST(GZ) campus officially opens

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
13 September 2022

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) (HKUST(GZ)) campus opened its doors to students and faculty earlier this month. The iconic campus marries nature with technology in the local urban context, targeting carbon neutrality and zero water waste.

Working closely with KPF Architects, Arup’s Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chongqing offices jointly provided total engineering design services to deliver this smart, sustainable and resilient campus. Our scope of services covered civil, geotechnics, structural, building services, façade, smart building technology system and sustainability design.

Located in Guangzhou’s Nansha District and adjacent to Qingsheng high-speed railway station, the new campus encompasses a full range of university facilities – spaces for teaching and research, sports, dormitory, 24-hour library as well as energy and data centres – spanning over 1.1 km².

Arup has helped design a campus that is engineering provision-ready for carbon neutrality during its operations. The main outdoor collaboration areas and the buildings integrate energy-efficient MEP systems and passive and active sustainability design features that optimise comfort and interaction while minimising life-cycle cost.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) campus ©Zhangchao

With increased flooding risks in the region, enhanced resilience has been built into the landscape and water feature design, realising the sponge city concept. We used a vertical design methodology – higher in the middle with lower surroundings – to suit the landscape, connect the open space and facilitate road runoff both inside and outside the campus, helping to alleviate flooding and enrich the ecosystem.

In terms of smart operation, Arup-designed information and communications technology infrastructure has helped the campus to implement a precinct-wide integrated data platform, which enables a holistic management and use of the campus. The campus is also envisioned as a ‘living lab’, which will be able to incorporate future technological advancements as they are being developed for expansion and continuous upgrading.

We’re proud to contribute to the HKUST(GZ) campus – another world-class educational facility after its Clear Water Bay campus where Arup helped delivered more than 30 years ago. The new campus will play an active role to drive collaborative development in the Greater Bay Area and its exemplar sustainable design establishes a world-leading standard for campuses across China and beyond. ” Michael Kwok Michael Kwok Asia Pacific Council Chair