Campus transformation: 2016 in pictures
A picture paints a thousand words, so let these images tell the story of this year’s campus development.
Following the announcement that Building 2 would be transformed into a vibrant hub for students and research as part of the UTS Central project, the external design was revealed to much excitement and anticipation in May 2016. The building was vacated to schedule at the end of June for site establishment and interior strip-out, with demolition getting underway in mid-November.
The first major refurbishment of the UTS Chancellery was announced early in 2016, ahead of the relocation of the senior exec and staff to temporary digs in Building 3. In a little over six months, the UTS Chancellery underwent a metamorphosis – going from dark and outdated to light, bright and elegant when it reopened in December 2016. It is now the ideal space to host VIPs and events.
Elsewhere in the Tower, the internal transformation continued. Level 16 enjoyed a super-fast makeover to accommodate staff from ActivateUTS, who moved in during May 2016, followed by the relocation of the Careers team into their quirky new workspace on level 25 in late June. Mid-year also saw the upgrade of the level 4 Security office, which reopened in September. Level 20 (pictured) was refurbished for multiple teams and level 21, to accommodate the Institute for Public Policy and Governance and shared meeting spaces, both kicked off in May. It was completed in September, just as a partial refit of level 18 for the Australia China Relations Institute got underway, with that new space being delivered in November 2016.
Building 2 may have dominated attention, but over at UTS’s Moore Park precinct, another striking new building is taking shape – the Australian Rugby Development Centre. In partnership with the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust and the Australian Rugby Union, the building will house UTS’s world-class sport science facilities as well as elite athletes. Since a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony in June, construction work has moved rapidly as some of the athletes based at the precinct, with the project on target to ‘top out’ before the end of 2016.
Late year also saw a wave of campus development activity down in the Haymarket precinct, with levels 3 and 4 of Building 15 undergoing refurbishment for the Animal Logic Academy and the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation’s (FTDI) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation program. Around the corner in Building 5C, work began in October to make level 4 ready for FTDI staff, and levels 2 and 3 for DAB’s School of Built Environment (pictured).
Growth at UTS means that even new facilities such as Building 11 can’t tread water. Eight new GTS (pictured) opened for the start of teaching in 2016, along with an ark-shaped informal student space. Later in 2016, work on a suite of new FEIT-led projects – including new labs and an activity-based HDR space – got underway, while a site at Botany was earmarked to host a FEIT research facility.
Even the usually quiet Blackfriars precinct didn’t escape attention, with plans announced for a new Blackfriars Children’s Centre, and completion of new site access. The childcare centre, on which work is expected to begin shortly, will accommodate 84 children (as opposed to the current 50 places), and incorporate a range of child-friendly early learning spaces.
And let’s not forget the ongoing interior upgrade of Building 4, the project to repair corrosion at the Broadway/Harris St corner of the campus, the opening of UTS’s first activity-based workspace for HDRs in Building 10 (pictured), two new student lounges in Building 5B, an Australian-first district energy-sharing partnership between UTS and Central Park, and the start of works to install automatic doors in the Penny Lane laneway.
None of these projects would be possible without the understanding and cooperation of staff, students and visitors, so thank you – and get set for an even bigger and better campus in 2017.