UTS looks like a completely different place with the opening of the Science and Graduate School of Health Building.
April 2015 marks the next phase in UTS’s coming-of-age with the opening of the much anticipated Science and Graduate School of Health Building. Located on the corner of Thomas and Jones Streets, it forms the heart of a formidable new science precinct that flows seamlessly into the existing UTS science buildings, overlooking the recently completed Alumni Green.
Like the Faculty of Engineering and IT and, more recently, the Dr Chau Chak Wing building, the new Science and Graduate School of Health Building embodies UTS’s vision of becoming a world-leading university of technology; promoting cutting-edge and practice-oriented learning and research, as well as cultivating a collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment that encourages enduring relationships with industry, professions and communities.
At the forefront of the five-storey building is the Super Lab, the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, which takes up the entirety of Level 1. Spanning 52 metres in length, it contains 25 workbenches with headsets, monitors and smartboards. Up to 200 students at a time will be able to take part in maths, physics and environmental studies.
There are four other specialist labs that students can take advantage of – a vacuum lab, a crime scene lab, a clean room and an imaging suite.
Designed by Sydney firm Durbach Block Jaggers in association with BVN Architecture, the Science and Graduate School of Health Building has an undulating feature wall made from 85 per cent recycled materials – inspired by the organic form of a tree grove. A ‘green roof’ forms the centrepiece of the building’s environmental credentials, providing insulation for the heating and cooling demands while managing stormwater flows. It also minimises energy consumption by using light wells and skylights to utilise natural light.
The Science and Graduate School of Health Building is further integrated into the campus with a 57,600 litre recycled stormwater tank that services about 85 per cent of the Alumni Green’s irrigation demands.
With theatres and rooms that are designed to facilitate group work and technology-enabled activities for up to 900 students, the Science and Graduate School of Health Building is a compelling addition to UTS’s new visual identity.
Story: Kevin Cheung
Photography: Andrew Worssam