UTS Animal Logic Academy to set up shop in Building 15
UTS’s ‘knowledge hub’ – otherwise known as Building 15 – is about to gain two new and highly creative ‘tenants’ at the completion of a major, two-floor refurbishment.
UTS’s Animal Logic Academy (ALA), the result of an exciting partnership with the world-renowned animation house, will be based on level 4 and part of level 3 from January 2017. The following month, the in-demand Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCii) program will take up residence on the remainder of level 3.
Facilities have already been upgraded on levels 1 and 2 of the building, which are home to a number of UTS’s entrepreneurial initiatives, including the Hatchery and Hatchery Plus.
Building 15 has already opened its doors to the UTS Hatchery.
About the refurbishment
ALA’s purpose-designed learning spaces on level 4 are set to incorporate an editing suite, computer lab, classroom, network and print rooms, a breakout space and meeting room, while staff workspaces on level 3 include a mix of offices and workstations.
Designed to be an active, flexible studio-like environment suitable for external engagement activities, BCii’s space on level 3 will enable multiple users to work on a broad range of projects. In addition to a presentation space and areas for group work and networking, it will feature a formal meeting space and both workstations and offices.
In the last few days, the contractor has begun establishing a work site, including safety fencing/hoardings in Building 15. The next key dates are as follows:
- Early September: Strip-out and demolition begins, continuing for approximately six weeks, Monday–Friday 7.30am–5.30pm and Saturday 7.30am–3.30pm
- Mid-October 2016: Fit-out of levels 3 and 4 commences, continuing Monday–Friday 7.30am–5.30pm and Saturday 7.30am–3.30pm
- Late December 2016 – Fit-out complete and handed over to ITD for commissioning
Given the exceptionally tight program for this project and a number of other restrictions, including the building’s location among residential dwellings, works – including demolition – will largely take place during work hours and are therefore likely to cause some disruption for those based in or visiting Building 15.
Expected impacts include:
- noise and vibration on level 2 and to a lesser extent on level 1, with periods of high-level noise during the demolition phase. Given the tight program, the team will be limited in its ability to stop works
- dust, particularly during strip-out and demolition
- reduced lift capacity and/or accessibility, due to contractors requiring access to the lifts for transporting materials (there will be no access to levels 3 and 4 during the works)
- increased truck movements to and from the Omnibus Lane car park.
The top two floors of Building 15 are about to be refurbished.
Anyone who has booked a space in Building 15 for a meeting or event during business hours, particularly during the demolition phase, may wish to consider relocating. Alternate rooms for meetings around campus can be found on Staff Connect. Evening events should not be affected.
Thank you for bearing with us while we complete this important project, which will deliver the space UTS needs to deliver some exciting new student programs.
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