As structural work on UTS’s new state-of-the art sport science base at the Moore Park elite sport precinct reaches level 3 – the first full UTS floor – some interesting facts are emerging from the woodwork (or more accurately from the concrete!).
Construction of the Moore Park facility reaches level 3.
- UTS’s Moore Park Road entry lobby will feature Pavegen flooring, an innovative flooring material that will convert the energy produced by the movement of staff, student and visitors’ feet across its surface into electricity to help power parts of the building.
- People counter technology, which uses sensors to record the number of people using a space at any one time, will be installed in the facility, following its successful application in the university’s other new buildings. The data produced by the sensors will be used by UTS’s space planning team to ensure the best use of space and plan for UTS’s future needs, as well as to adjust air-conditioning and other services to suit the number of users in any one space.
- Reflecting UTS’s commitment to sustainability, solar hot water and electricity panels on the roof of the new facility will generate energy to service the building’s water heating needs as well as its general power requirements.
- Four GTS (general teaching spaces) will each incorporate six collaborative pods, equipped with an LCD touch-screen, headsets and seating for six to eight people. As a result, the spaces will be highly suitable for group tasks as well as traditional learning and could potentially be used to run multiple classes concurrently as in Building 7’s Science Super Lab.
- The central stairway connecting the three UTS levels will feature green flooring and a bright pink handrail – the colours selected to echo the memorable colour scheme of UTS’s Kuring-gai Campus, which closed in 2015. The stairs, which will incorporate power sockets for recharging devices, will also serve as a social gathering space and informal auditorium, while enhancing light through the centre of the building.
- UTS’s main floors (levels 3–5) will offer panoramic views towards the city and, in the other direction, over the rest of the Moore Park sporting precinct, which includes the iconic Allianz Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. Once structural work reaches levels 4 and 5, the UTS Tower may even be within view.
The central stairway with echoes of the Kuring-gai colour scheme
- Topping-out (structure complete) – late December 2016/early January 2017
- Interior fit-out of UTS spaces commences – February 2017
- Construction complete – September 2017
- Open for teaching – from the Autumn session 2018
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