It has been another big year for the university’s ever-evolving campus, as work continues to ensure it remains a great place to work and study now and into the future.
While the spotlight shone on the rise of one new building and the opening of two more, many smaller but still significant projects also continued to shape our campus.
As always, the patience of UTS staff and students has been appreciated while facilities have been under construction. No pain, no gain, right?
So, here’s how 2017 unfolded …
Building 2: The year began with a bang for this project as demolition of the old structure to ground level continued. Things were soon looking up for the project, and then up again, as two tower cranes arrived on site and the new structure experienced a rapid growth spurt. It’s currently sitting at level 8 (with a total of 17 levels).
Rugby Australia Building: Over at the university’s new Moore Park precinct, it was a race to the finish line for our state-of-the-art sport and exercise science and physiotherapy facility, which represents an exciting partnership between UTS, Rugby Australia and the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust. UTS opened the building with our partners in late October, ahead of learning and research commencing.
Blackfriars Children’s Centre: If UTS’s smallest students were thrilled to see construction of their new centre get underway early in the year, they were even more excited to see it open in November. Its completion frees up the site of the old centre for transformation into the new …
Blackfriars industry hub: Six well-regarded architectural firms competed to design a new industry hub for the university, which will accommodate a range of research projects with industry partners. Cascading glass and sculptural brickwork distinguish the winning entry by architects TZG.
Science research facility: Plans were announced for a striking, seven-level, high-tech research extension to Building 4, which will eventually occupy the site of Uni Hall. Its cutting-edge facilities will accommodate numerous research programs.
Building 4 upgrade: A two-year refurbishment of Building 4 to equal the standard set by Building 7 came to a close, after delivering a range of upgraded spaces from seminar rooms and computer labs to open-plan staff workspaces and specialist research labs for everything from tissue culture to fish.
FEIT HDR activity-based workspaces: The opening of activity-based workspaces for FEIT HDRs in six levels of Building 11 followed the introduction of similar facilities for FASS and Health in Building 10 in 2016. Dual-monitor workstations, study booths and group spaces were just some of the features.
Building 5C upgrade: Levels 2 and 3 received an award-winning refit, which delivered a number of collaborative student and staff spaces. These included a 160-seat collaborative pod classroom, a research lab, quirky student breakout area and workspace for DAB staff.
Building 15 upgrade: The transformation of Building 15 continued, with the refurbishment of level 4 as a studio-style workspace for the Animal Logic Academy, while level 3 received a flexible refit for its new occupants from the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation.
Academic Hub: A refurbishment of the Academic Hub in Building 6 saw it reopen with a new name – the LX.lab – and new vibe, resonant of Apple’s Genius Bar. Designed to welcome, support and inspire academic staff, it incorporates a ‘hub bar’, consultation area, workshop space and workstations.
Proto Space: Below Alumni Green, an underground space began to take shape, known as the Proto Space. Accommodating 3D printing, this multi-faculty space will bring prototype testing and product manufacture within the reach of students, staff and industry partners.
Gumal Ngurang upgrade: Work began on a floor-by-floor cosmetic spruce-up and fire safety upgrade to this residence, which houses around 250 students. All apartments are being repainted and recarpeted, among other works, with the project expected to be complete in 2018.
Botany tech lab: Off-campus, work got underway on an 8500 sqm research facility, designed to usher in a more collaborative way of working. Initially accommodating FEIT researchers, the space will offer engineering workshops, labs and an activity-based workspace when it is complete in 2018.
MyUTSmaps mobile site: With change a constant feature of our urban campus, what could be more useful than mobile maps for students and staff on the go? Linked to the university’s yellow wayfinding, its introduction makes it simple to locate classrooms, coffee, computers and more. Give it a go at wayfinding.uts.edu.au.
Bring on 2018!