Ingkarni Wardli – The University of Adelaide

Opened in mid 2010, Ingkarni Wardli, the University of Adelaide’s new engineering building, was Australia’s first 6-star Green Star education building and the largest construction project in the University’s development program. The 9 level building provides more than 11,000m2 of purpose-built teaching, learning and research space and incorporates additional student and staff facilities.

Our involvement

Aquenta was engaged as the Cost Manager for this project, working closely with the University’s project delivery team to provide cost planning, value management and post contract services. During the pre-contract phase Aquenta provided cost advice to confirm the budget, working collaboratively with the design team to support material selection options to meet 6-star specification. Aquenta provided cost advice for the selection of sustainable/recycled materials (concrete, reinforcing and structural steel, timber and flooring) and were pro-actively engaged in value management workshops to ensure that design met budget expectations.


Cost Planning, Financial Reporting, Assessment of Progress Claims, Assessment & Negotiation of Variations, Life Cycle Costing.

The outcome

The project was completed on schedule and within budget. Aquenta was commended by the client for our role in cost control and reporting, in meeting a particularly complex cost report model.

The building amenity and its performance have exceeded user expectations, with the new structure successfully integrating with the heritage aspects of the University’s North Terrace Campus. The project has won many architectural and sustainability awards since its completion in 2010.