American University of Sharjah

Location Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 
Services Architectural design, building services, civil and structural engineering, sustainable design, contract administration, cost consultancy and project management
Sector Education 
Client American University of Sharjah
Architect Cundall (with Archcorp as sub-consultants)
Imagery © AUS Campus Development Department

Richard Stratton

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Cundall was appointed by the Campus Development Department at American University of Sharjah (AUS) to develop three new buildings: the Campus Service Centre, the Wellness Centre and the Youth Centre, all of which are new buildings on separate sites within the campus. 

The University required the Campus Service Centre to be designed to achieve a minimum level of sustainability equivalent to LEED Silver, with the sustainable initiatives developed for this being considered for the smaller projects where appropriate. The scheme was expanded to include the development of a micro-district cooling scheme that would serve approximately 50% of the campus, to save on energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Cundall was appointed as Lead Consultant and Project Managers for the project based on sustainable and integrated design expertise, and have provided the full design/consultancy service.
The Campus Service Centre comprises of 2,303m² office space, a 1,620m² Warehouse and 1,226m² Workshops including a 125m² Data Centre to serve the whole University campus.  The new 2,087m² Wellness Centre comprises full gym facilities, multipurpose sports hall, dance and exercise studios, onsite café  and a 30m six lane swimming pool.  The  934m² Youth Centre provides a range of recreation and study spaces for campus staff children of all ages, and includes an external skateboard park and an internal climbing wall.

The project includes a variety of sustainable design principals including; detailed façade/envelope analysis to optimize between energy consumption and daylight penetration; mixed mode ventilation for the Youth Centre; sun-pipes to introduce natural lighting to the Warehouse; night cooling strategy for the Campus Service Centre and Youth Centre; waste water treatment and re-use in the district cooling evaporative cooling towers; solar hot water heating for all buildings; occupancy sensing/daylight dimming for all artificial lighting systems.


  • Emirates Green Building Council Awards (2015), Green Building of the Year winner