The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building – home to the UTS Business School – is named after the Australian-Chinese businessman and philanthropist who donated $20 million to the project.
Dr Chau Chak Wing, whose son Eric graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design (BDes ISD) in 2011, also donated an additional $5 million to the university for Australia-China scholarships.
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City Campus – bounded by Mary Ann Street, The Goods Line, Ultimo Road and Omnibus Lane, Ultimo
Levels – 14 (12 above-ground) storeys, consisting of 11 occupied floors, plus one basement parking level, plant level and rooftop
Gross building area – 18,413m2; total usable floor area – 15,500m2
Up to approximately 1630 – made up of around 1300 students and 330 staff
160 bicycle and 20 car spaces in the level 1 basement
5 Star Green Star Design rating certified by the Green Building Council of Australia (achieved in 2013)
Main works contractor
Additional project partners
- UTS Program Management Office (project manager)
- AECOM (ecologically sustainable design and services engineer)
- Arup (lead façade consultant, structural engineer, transportation and traffic)
- Austral Bricks (brick manufacture)
- Australian Museum Business Services [AMBS] (archaeological investigation and excavation) AW Edwards (early works contractor)
- Casey & Lowe (archaeological consultant)
- Dominic Steele Consulting Archaeology (Aboriginal archaeological investigation)
- Favetti Bricklaying (bricklaying)
- Godden Mackay Logan (heritage assessment)
- Morris Goding Access Consulting (accessibility consultant)
- RPS (statutory planner)
- Urban Art Projects (stainless steel stair manufacture)
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building was the first UTS building to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star Design rating certified by the Green Building Council of Australia. Sustainability has been considered throughout the building in the choice of construction materials, interior furnishings, sustainable timber and energy-efficient air-conditioning. A 20,000-litre tank on the roof harvests rainwater for use in toilets and for irrigation, reducing potable water use. Fire system test water is also collected and recycled.
In the basement, 160 bicycle parking spaces, lockers, changing areas and showers are provided to encourage students and staff to cycle to class and work.
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is set to become a high-tech research and education centre, and an important venue for business events. Its location puts it at the heart of Sydney’s growing ‘digital creative hub’, where a partnership known as Intersection is connecting creative and digital start-ups with cultural, media, commercial, government and educational organisations. The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will also be a landmark along Sydney City’s ‘cultural ribbon’, which runs from the Opera House to the southern end of the city through Darling Harbour. The building’s entrance from The Goods Line, currently being redeveloped as a new urban space, will also enhance its connections with the southern CBD.