Old and new work together in UTS’s ‘knowledge hub’
It is no secret that UTS has been methodically upgrading its older buildings (notably the Tower and Building 4) and now Building 15 is feeling the benefits of some long overdue TLC.
Building 15? For those who don’t know, it’s the 1950s neighbour to the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building and sits on the corner of Harris and Mary Ann streets. While its bones may be old, its interior spaces and facilities are being refurbished as befits Sydney’s latest ‘knowledge hub’.
The Hatchery is just one innovative program based in the Building 15 'knowledge hub'
The building is already home to a range of entrepreneurial programs, including the Hatchery, the Design Innovation Research Centre and Creative Intelligence Unit. Ongoing improvements are designed to enhance the building’s amenities and appeal, while retaining its original character.
With a range of upgrades and improvements recently completed and in the works, here’s a quick Building 15 overview:
- Completion of a ‘Hatchery +’ flexible space on level 1, which allows Hatchery students to take their start-up ideas to the next level. New furniture is on its way.
- Approval for an aluminium-framed glass stacking door to the loading dock to provide visibility through to the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Along with new paint and a polished concrete floor, this will give the loading dock potential as a space for more than just deliveries.
- Replacement of the lift on the eastern (Omnibus Lane) side is underway, due to be completed in May 2016. In the meantime, the stairs or Harris St lift are your best bets.
- Completion of an accessibly entry from Mary Ann St.
- Installation of an accessible toilet completed on level 2, along with upgrades to existing female and male bathrooms on that level.
- Design of two 1000sqm ‘warm shells’ (partially fitted-out spaces) on levels 3 and 4 is poised to go to tender, in preparation for future UTS tenants.
Watch this space for more on the ‘knowledge hub’ in future issues of UTS: InProgress.
Students use the glass wall of the new Hatchery + space for notes and ideas
Plans are afoot to transform the Building 15 loading dock into a multi-purpose space