What does 2019 have in store for UTS Central?
With less than six months to go until the end of construction, this year will be the biggest yet for UTS Central. But what are the major milestones on the road to the completion and beyond? Here’s what to expect over the coming months.
Trees that fly
One of the last jobs for our remaining tower crane will be to ‘fly’ a number of large, mature olive trees right up to the top of the building, where they will form part of the landscaping plan for level 17. The ‘airlift’ is scheduled to take place in early February, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re near the site and you might catch a glimpse of those flying trees!
With the façade complete and olive trees in place, February will see the last of the two tower cranes dismantled. The tower cranes, which arrived on site in 2017 to perform much of the project’s heavy lifting, were well named. At full height, they stood taller than Building 11, with a maximum arm length longer than an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Taste of things to come
While excitement is building about the new UTS Library and scholarly Reading Room, the 270-seat Hive Super Lab and large collaborative theatres, the space that is really whetting appetites is the food court. Sources close to the food court project confirm that the eight food hall vendors are close to being confirmed, so look out for more cuisine-related news soon.
The techs move in
While construction will be ongoing for another six months, our technology commissioning team from ITD and AVS will get an early look at the interiors when they begin their work in May. With hundreds of screens throughout the building – including a giant display in the level 4 exhibition space – they’ll have their hands full.
Mission complete (kind of)
Construction work on UTS Central is on track to be complete by mid-July, although with technology commissioning, relocations and fit-out works ongoing, the building won’t be completely occupied until 2020. However, all external hoardings will be down by July, allowing us to fully appreciate the building’s striking glass façade and integration with Alumni Green.
Open for business
Come late July, the first of UTS Central’s public spaces on levels 3 and 4 will open their doors. The key attractions will be the food court, a Careers and Student Services hub, and extensive informal learning spaces. Rising from the Jones St entry on level 4 up to level 7, a staircase designed to emulate a double helix will also be a must-see.
Ready for the researchers
Conducting research with real impact on the wider world is a priority for UTS but research needs the appropriate environment, and that’s what we’re creating for the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) in UTS Central. FEIT is expecting to relocate research teams into custom-built spaces on levels 10, 11 and 12 of the building in the second half of 2019.
New chapter for UTS Library
A key destination will be the new UTS Library, due to move at the end of Spring session to minimise disruption. Sprawling across levels 7, 8 and 9, it is set to relocate from Building 5 and reopen in its new space in mid-November. It will feature space for around 120,000 books, two spacious terraces, a books lift from the underground library storage and access to a scholarly Reading Room.
In early 2020, the Faculty of Law will take up residence on the top floors (levels 14, 15 and 16) of the UTS Central tower. Commanding spectacular views, especially to the north, Law’s facilities are currently in development but will include a purpose-built Moot Court and two Trial Court facilities, which replicate real-life courtrooms.
Down to a science
Lucky last! The final piece of the UTS puzzle will slot into place in March 2020, when the level 1 Science Super Lab opens, ready for the start of the Autumn teaching session. Known as the Hive Super Lab owing to its hexagonal worktables and the anticipated buzz of activity, it is designed to physical containment level 2 (PC2) and will be able to accommodate up to 270 students at once.