Taronga Institute of Science and Learning

Key People

Nicholas Johnson

Sustainability Project Engineer, Principal

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Taronga has the largest zoo-based conservation science team in Australia and works in close partnership with Government agencies and the international zoo and conservation community to protect our natural environment.

The newly completed Taronga Institute of Science and Learning facility includes:

  • Classrooms and lecture rooms for teaching with localized exhibits for animals
  • Laboratories and research facilities
  • Lecture theatre
  • Open offices for life science, HR and education
  • Commercial office fitout

The project built on Taronga’s existing strengths in research and education, increasing its capacity to help secure a shared future for wildlife and people. It is a true mixed-use building, achieved through a collaborative approach between the entire consultant team, contractor and client. The adaptive design approach and innovative solutions within the project include mixed-mode HVAC system with operable building facade, on-site solar photovoltaic system, on-site rainwater reuse, sustainable materials (timber, flooring and furniture), as well an on-site storm water management facility.

WGE provided expertise in Civil, Electrical, fire Engineering, Hydraulics, Mechanical, Structural and Sustainability services including:

  • Green Star Accredited Professional
  • 6 Star Green Star Design & As-built – v1.1 – World Leadership
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan
  • Detailed energy modelling for mixed-mode building services design


  • Educational Architecture Award – 2019 NSW Architecture Awards
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