- ISF staff move into activity-based, sustainable workspace on level 10
- Refit of level 11 completed for Faculty of Health
- New breastfeeding room opens on level 11
As the former HQ of both the Fairfax media empire and Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee – and more recently home to UTS’s Faculty of Health and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Building 10 is no stranger to reinvention.
Now, after one-of-a-kind refurbishment for the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), level 10 has been transformed into UTS’s first activity-based workspace for staff – and with a host of green features.
Activity-based workspaces – which support different tasks and activities in a diverse array of work zones – are nothing new for our higher degree research (HDR) students in Buildings 10 and 11, who are already taking advantage of the flexibility and teamwork opportunities they offer.
With an eye to supporting their preferred collaborative work style, ISF was eager to pilot a similar style of activity-based working for its staff. This approach also allowed them to accommodate all staff on a single floor rather than fragmenting the group, while also promoting healthy movement around the workspace.
Professor Stuart White, the ISF Director, explains: “ISF lives and breathes sustainability. We’re home to an increasing number of sustainability researchers and practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines, and recent growth meant that we needed space to breathe, too.
“In order to optimise the new space, we moved to an activity-based working environment," he says. "The biggest challenge for us was to convince our staff that this new way of working would enhance their experience. We wanted to be inclusive and address all concerns before the move, and this took time, sensitivity and clear communication. We also wanted to minimise any stress resulting from this new way of working.
“After three months in the new space, feedback is very positive. Our staff are embracing this new way of working, and are enjoying the benefits this aesthetically pleasing space provides to their highly mobile methods of research and collaboration.”
Check out the photos of the completed ISF floor to see the diversity of work zones on offer, which include a collaborative kitchen, quiet spaces for reflection and focused thinking, and more traditional workstations and meeting rooms.
Green with envy
As if the stylish refit of ISF’s activity-based workspace isn’t enough to inspire envy, the space also showcases a raft of sustainability features, including:
- energy- and water-efficient services and appliances
- daylight and external views for all workstations, with shade and blackout blinds for glare control
- repurposed furniture where possible, with new furniture and materials selected for their reduced environmental impact
- plenty of plants and two green walls to promote indoor air quality and connection to nature
- retention of the ISF worm farms for treating organic waste
- electronically operated sit-stand desks to encourage movement.
Refurbishment works complete on level 11
Level 11 has also had a facelift to accommodate around 40 staff from two Faculty of Health disciplines – Midwifery and Health Services Management.
Future-proofed to allow for expansion, the refit includes a mix of workstations and offices, sit-stand desks throughout, a well-equipped collaborative kitchen as well as a smaller kitchenette, and two small and two large meeting rooms.
Midwifery and Health Services Management relocated into their new space in mid-March 2018.
A new space for breastfeeding mothers
UTS staff and students now have access to a fifth quiet, private space for expressing and breastfeeding on campus, located at CB10.11.100. It includes a comfortable chair, table, sink and small fridge.
You'll find other spaces for parents in the following locations:
These rooms are designed to support staff and students who are breastfeeding to work and study effectively on campus.
For further information about or access to these spaces, please email email@example.com.