New FEIT and cross-faculty facilities on and off campus
UTS’s ongoing commitment to enhancing facilities is well known, but nothing illustrates it quite as well as the ongoing investment in FEIT spaces – a project that could pay dividends for other faculties, too.
Relocating FEIT labs
Relatively few people may be aware of this but, until recently, UTS’s Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) occupied not only the striking new building on Broadway but a series of underground labs in the basement of Building 2.
However, the closure of Building 2 at the end of June 2016 meant the closure of the basement labs, with technical staff moving temporarily into Buildings 1 and 11, and lab equipment relocated or stored. It also provided the driver for establishing new, purpose-built labs – both on and off campus.
New teaching labs include:
- a permanent Centre for Autonomous Systems lab in Building 1 – now operational.
- dedicated Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems (EMMS) labs in Building 11 on levels B04 and 10 – construction is underway by contractor Sydney Building Projects, with labs available for teaching from the Autumn session 2017.
New FEIT labs are under construction in Building 11
Off-site research facility
Negotiations are currently underway to lease a collaborative, mostly open-plan research and office space in Botany. While this facility will be primarily occupied by FEIT, teams from other faculties may co-locate with FEIT, opening the door to opportunities for cross-faculty connection and collaboration. This facility is scheduled for completion mid-2017. Until then, temporary lab facilities in Building 1 are being used.
Following UTS’s successful trial of the joint Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Faculty of Health activity-based space for higher degree research (HDR) students earlier in 2016, plans are underway for a similarly flexible FEIT space in Building 11, which would have capacity for additional 190 more HDRs than current facilities.
With construction set to start in 2017, watch this space for details soon.
It sounds exciting and it will be! To be located below Alumni Green and accessed from Building 7, a multi-faculty ProtoSpace is being designed as a purpose-built, open-plan and flexible space to house digital and traditional design and fabrication tools, as well as specialist research and investigation tools.
The ProtoSpace will provide access to speciality learning materials and equipment including 3D printing, laser-cutting and testing equipment, with users able to manufacture designed models, develop prototypes and test new technologies, as well as perform product safety tests.
A joint FEIT/Faculty of Science/Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building facility, when completed the ProtoSpace will support collaborative learning into the future.
- Construction of multi-faculty ProtoSpace commences – October 2016
- Construction of FEIT’s activity-based HDR space commences – January 2017
- FEIT’s new CEE and EMMS labs open in Building 11 – March 2017
- Completion of FEIT’s activity-based HDR space – March 2017
- Completion of multi-faculty ProtoSpace – March 2017
For further information about these projects, please contact Heather.Riddell@uts.edu.au.