Plans for new FEIT and cross-faculty spaces are taking shape
While some projects are highly visible (Building 2, for example), others – such as the development of a suite of additional Engineering and IT spaces – are making somewhat quieter progress.
Regular UTS:InProgress readers might recall that UTS is currently developing facilities on and off campus to accommodate FEIT’s growing student and staff cohorts – just one example of UTS’s ongoing commitment to delivering world-class learning and research facilities.
With contractors due to be appointed over coming weeks and months, further details about these projects will be available soon. In the meantime, enjoy a ‘sneak peek’ of what’s to come, courtesy of the following illustrations of the new spaces under development.
A facility purpose-built for cross-faculty collaboration, the ProtoSpace will be located in the Building 7 basement (beneath Alumni Green), and equipped with speciality learning materials and equipment, including 3D printers to enable users to develop prototypes, and test new technologies and products. A contractor is likely to be appointed before the end of 2016, with the space opening during 2017.
Artist's illustration of a collaborative presentation area in the ProtoSpace
Off-site research facility
In an exciting move, a new research space located at Botany may see FEIT researchers co-locate with other UTS faculties, paving the way for increased research collaboration. The new facility will accommodate various FEIT research teams, with the design set to provide vibrant laboratory and activity-based workspaces. A contractor to fit-out the research space is expected to be appointed in February 2017.
Artist's illustration of a break-out space in the Botany research facility
Activity-based HDR space
Following the launch of the Health/FASS activity-based workspace in Building 10 during 2016, a similar, flexible facility is being created for FEIT HDRs in Building 11, spanning levels 6 to 11. Construction is set to begin in March 2017, with floors accommodating a range of different spaces opening progressively from May 2017.
Artist's illustration of some the different zones within the FEIT activity-based HDR space
Watch this space for more information – coming soon!