Building 2’s sustainable strip-out
Having just closed Building 2, we know where all the people, services and facilities have moved to, but what happened to all the furniture and equipment?
The good news is that UTS was able to recycle, donate or sell tonnes of furniture and other equipment removed from Building 2 prior to its closure.
In fact, almost 500 student, gas-lift and lab chairs alone have found new homes elsewhere in the university, along with dozens of other items, thanks to the efforts of Asset Control Officer Bob Crocker and others.
The distinctive orb lights from Building 2 are also being restored, with plans to find them a new home elsewhere on campus.
Meanwhile, three shipping containers holding more than1600 desks and chairs, plus whiteboards, projectors and other items from Building 2 were sent to the Cook Islands Ministry of Education – enough to refurnish five primary schools.
Loading up the first container of donated items for the Cook Islands
In addition, a staggering 19 tonnes of workshop equipment from the basement has been sold at auction.
The result is a win for environmental, economic and social sustainability, with fewer items going to landfill, reduced UTS expenditure on new furniture and landfill costs, and much-needed supplies going to deserving causes.
More furniture is still awaiting reuse or sale.