The progressive refurbishment of a 450-seat activity-based workspace in Building 11 for Engineering and IT HDRs is underway, following the success of a similar facility for FASS and Health in Building 10.
- Being built by Patterson Building Group, the HDR workspace incorporates similar features to the FASS/Health space in Building 10. As our illustrations below show, the workspace will include a variety of zones, including twin-monitor workstations, team-work spaces, quiet rooms, seclusion pods, booths collaborative kitchens and community spaces to support different activities.
- A focus on cutting-edge technology will see UTS-issued laptops become cloud-based virtual desktops, while each workstation will offer twin monitors for easier working and improved ergonomics.
- Floors within the FEIT HDR workspace are being fitted-out in stages, starting with levels 10 and 11, where work began in late March 2017, followed by levels 8 and 9 from May, and levels 6 and 7 from July. Students will move in progressively as floors are completed, with the project expected to wrap up in August 2017.
- Construction work is taking place largely out of hours between 6.00pm–8.00am to minimise impact on other building users. Those working adjacent to the worksites may experience moderate noise from 6pm, with noisier works scheduled from 9pm. Thanks for bearing with us as we complete this important student project.
Artist's impression of FEIT's HDR space
Artist's impression of the twin-monitor workstations
Two other FEIT-led projects will shortly get underway:
- Proto Space – a contractor is about to be appointed for this exciting cross-faculty space in the basement of Building 7 below Alumni Green. The space will support the development and testing of prototypes, technologies and products. Construction is expected to be complete in July 2017, with the space set to open following the installation of equipment later in 2017.
- Botany research facility – April 2017 will see a contractor appointed and work commence for this off-campus laboratory and activity-based workspace. When it is complete in October 2017, it will accommodate various FEIT teams, and open the door to improved research collaboration with other faculties.
Artist's impression of the Proto Space's collaborative presention area
Artist's impression of the break-out space in the Botany research facility
- Contractors appointed for Proto Space and Botany research facility – April 2017
- Proto Space completed – July 2017
- HDR workspace completed – August 2017
- Botany research facility completed – October 2017