Endings, beginnings and plenty of progress for the Tower upgrade
The Tower upgrade program has marked a number of key milestones in recent weeks, with one project crossing the finish line, another fast taking shape and a third just getting started.
With just two days to go before Building 2 closed, Student Services’ Careers team, exchanged their ‘dungeon’ on level 3 for life at the top of the Tower (or close to!).
Careers’ light and airy purpose-designed space is notable for its internship hub, phone booth for private calls, large AV-equipped training room and one very funky blue kitchen with adjoining break-out space. Already, the UTS grapevine has received word that Careers is loving its new space, and minor modifications now underway out of hours should add the finishing touches.
Careers staff and students now have access to a very distinctive kitchen.
With demolition now in the past, refurbishment is the name of the game on level 20 – which is being freshly fitted out for International, Advancement, Shopfront, Corporate Relations and External Engagement – as well as level 21, which will accommodate the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, and shared administrative meeting space.
With a late August completion in sight, the project is now well advanced, particularly on level 21, where timber wall panelling recycled from former railway sleepers is being installed, and copper-accented cabinetry is awaiting its chance to shine.
The project has required around 300 metres of new air-conditioning ductwork across the two floors, while countless hours of grinding have been required to remove white paint from the ceiling coffers, which are being restored to their full Brutalist splendour.
As with all construction projects, some people are impacted more than others. During recent weeks, those using the training facilities on level 22 have experienced some impact from dusty works. Thanks for bearing with us as we worked to resolve this.
Behind the scenes, the countdown has begun for the partial refit of level 18 for the Australia China Relations Institute (ACRI). Once the contract is awarded at the end of July 2016, the contractor will commence on site, with demolition to begin later in August.
With near neighbours in mind, noise will be monitored closely and dust contained as much as possible to ensure any impact is minimised. However, it is impossible to eliminate construction impacts altogether, so please bear with us as we work to deliver ACRI’s exciting new space.
Artist impression of the new ACRI conference room
Construction sites on levels 18, 20 and 21 are strictly no-go zones to all but certified and inducted personnel. Although your interest and curiosity is appreciated, please don’t attempt to enter the hoardings; let UTS: InProgress keep you up to date instead. Tower lift F is currently serving as a dedicated lift for Tower projects.
- Contract awarded for refurbishment of level 18 – late July 2016
- Demolition begins on level 18 – mid–late August 2016
- Delivery of levels 20/21 – late August 2016
- Fit-out commences on level 18 – late August/early September
- Defects and commissioning on levels 20/21 – early September 2016
- Relocation of various units to levels 20/21 – from late September 2016
- Delivery of level 18 – October 2016
- Relocation of ACRI to level 18 – late October/early November 2016
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