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Gehry at UTS- the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

16 Dec

The building is named for Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing who donated a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new Business School designed by Frank Gehry, and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships. It is the first Australian building by Gehry Partners. About the building A key component of UTS’s City Campus Master Plan, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will provide teaching, learning, research and office accommodation for the UTS Business School. There will be extensive public spaces in the new building, including student lounges, cafes and outdoor roof terraces. The total project value is $150 million. The building will provide 16,030 sqm of space, spread over 11 floors. The UTS vision The University of Technology, Sydney has a singular vision, expressed in our strategic plan – to be a world-leading university of technology. To achieve this, our leadership in learning and teaching must be coupled with international renown in research, and a world-class infrastructure that supports our vibrant intellectual environment. The achievement of our vision relies on attracting high quality students, academics, researchers and administrators; people who are passionate about knowledge, learning, discovery and creativity. Gehry Partners, LLP Gehry Partners, LLP is a full service firm with broad international experience in academic, commercial, museum, performance, and residential projects. Frank Gehry established his practice in Los Angeles, California in 1962. The Gehry partnership, Gehry Partners, LLP, was formed in 2001 and currently supports a staff of over 120 people. Frank Gehry is among the world’s best-known architects. His milestone projects include the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall. Every project undertaken by Gehry Partners is designed personally and directly by Frank Gehry. Ross Milbourne, UTS Vice-Chancellor & President Professor Milbourne received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of NSW, and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His interests have been in the general area of macroeconomics and, in particular, the mathematical modelling and statistical testing of macroeconomic theories. During the last decade his research has focused on economic growth in open economies – economies that allow free international movement of goods and capital. His previous appointments include Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Adelaide and Chair of the Research Grants Committee of the Australian Research Council. Philanthropy Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing has donated a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new Business School designed by Frank Gehry, and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships. The gift makes Dr Chau one of the leading philanthropists in the Asia-Pacific region. In recognition of the gift – the largest ever made to an Australian university – UTS Council determined to name the new Gehry-designed Business School building the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Design & construction timeframe Construction will start in early 2012 and be complete in time for the 2014 Academic year. In January 2011, UTS will undertake community and stakeholder consultation on the new design. This consultation forms part of the “Part 3A” submission that UTS will make to the NSW Department of Planning for approval of the design. Economic and tourism benefits The Dr Chau Chak Wing building is the centrepiece of the $1 billion City Campus Master Plan which is expected to generate an estimated $3.2 billion in NSW economic activity. 1,700 jobs are expected to be generated each year over the 10-year construction period. The Chau building is estimated to attract 24,000 interstate visitors and 2,000 international visitors each year, adding $36 million to the tourism industry through spending by business event visitors annually. Source: Independent modelling by Urbis. Local team A local consultant team – comprising Australian architects Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke, engineers and other specialist disciplines – has been appointed to work alongside Gehry Partners. For the full project team listing visit the project page. Sustainability The Master Plan is integral to UTS achieving its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and a variety of holistic sustainability goals. As one of the new buildings proposed by the Master Plan, UTS and Gehry Partners intend to seek a 5-Star Green Star Educational Building Rating for the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Source- Websites






UTS City Campus Master Plan & Student Housing Tower and Building 6 podium extension

13 Mar

UTS City Campus Master Plan

2010 has already been a year of milestones for the City Campus Master Plan: excavation of Alumni Green has started for the Multi-Purpose Sports Hall (MPSH); the builder is on site for construction of the Student Housing Tower above Building 6; and, the NSW Department of Planning has approved the Broadway Precinct Concept Plan.

Issue 02 of UTS: InProgress, the City Campus Master Plan newsletter, focuses on these achievements. FMU project manager David Hughes talks to us about the MPSH while Hutchinson Builders explain how they’ll be managing construction of the Student Housing Tower above Building 6.

As teaching starts, staff and students will notice the noise that inevitably accompanies any construction work. UTS has worked hard with all the consultants and contractors to ensure that the noisiest works take place outside of semester time and business hours.

But if you feel as though the disruption is unacceptable, or if you have noticed a potential hazard, you should let us know. To find out the best way to get in touch, refer to the “Tell us What you Think” section of this newsletter.

We are also preparing a UTS-wide online forum towards the end of Semester 1. This will be a great opportunity for staff and students to provide feedback on the construction process and associated communications.

The next issue of UTS: InProgress will appear in May 2010.

Patrick Woods
Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Resources)


Construction starts for UTS City Campus Master Plan
27 Jan 2010

A large-scale expansion and redevelopment of the UTS City campus has begun, with construction underway on a new student housing tower at the rear of the existing Peter Johnson building in Harris St.

Student Laurence Wainwright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Resources) Patrick Woods and Premier Keneally
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally visited the site last week to announce the Government’s approval of the $427 million Broadway Precinct Concept Plan, a key component of the overall UTS City Campus Master Plan. The concept plan covers four new buildings and a number of major refurbishments, relocations and new social hubs.

Another construction crew is due to arrive on campus before the end of the month to start work on the plan’s second project, a multi-purpose sports hall that will be built underground adjacent to the existing UTS Fitness Centre.

Meanwhile, the detailed design for a new landmark building on Broadway is underway, as is a design competition to extend the podium of the UTS Tower and the adjacent Building 2 to provide new student facilities.

Ms Keneally said the plan includes 58,750 square metres of additional floor space for educational, retail, cultural and sporting uses; more than 25,000 square metres of extra floor space to house 720 students in studio and shared apartments; and an extra 70 bicycle spaces for resident students.

“This redevelopment will allow the University of Technology to further cement its role as a key educational, medical, research and technology centre,” she said.

“The $70 million student accommodation project meets the needs of an increasing student population, but importantly it will also reduce demand for rental housing in the local area, and boost affordability.”

UTS Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Resources) Patrick Woods said the approval had given the green light to change the face of education at UTS. “As well as improving facilities for our students and staff, our plans are also aimed at making UTS more accessible to the local community. By establishing better pedestrian networks, we want to invite our neighbours onto campus to take advantage of new facilities such as the proposed gallery, cinema, café and retail spaces.”

Under the planning approval, the university has committed to:

Maximising retail, student union and other activities at ground level, increasing the activation of the street frontage
Maximising pedestrian access into and through the site
Offsetting overshadowing through improved building frontages, better defined street edges and other public domain works, and
Achieving very high environmental performance ratings for its academic buildings
The multi-purpose sports hall will be the first project completed under the master plan, in time for the start of semester one next year. The student housing tower is scheduled for completion by the end 2011.

Contact: Terry Clinton Ph: +61 2 9514 1623


Student Housing Tower and Building 6 podium extension

Project description
This new residential tower will rise from the existing Building 6 podium. The provision of 720 student beds, spread across the 13-level tower, will resolve UTS’s longstanding lack of on-campus student accommodation. To build the new tower, the university will extend the existing Building 6 podium to create new teaching, learning and social spaces for staff and students.

By bringing students directly onto campus, UTS will provide a more vibrant social atmosphere to the City Campus week-in, week-out. This accommodation will be a key factor in making UTS a ‘sticky campus’, a place where students come not just to study but socialise and relax as well. The around-the-clock presence of students on campus will also generate increased patronage for local businesses.

Lodged between an apartment complex and the ABC’s commercial tower, the student accommodation design responds to multiple generators. The Harris Street facade presents a syncopated visual rhythm that distinguishes it from its neighbours. The facade comprises irregularly spaced windows of varying width, interspersed with coloured, pre-cast concrete panels. The fully-glazed UPN facade reads as three distinct vertical forms, separated by two voids. The glazed facade solution maximises views to the Sydney CBD.

Programme Dates
•Hoardings within the UPN – 90% Complete (Awaiting Mirvac works to complete)
•Hoardings within UTS – 02/03/10 to 06/03/10
•Concrete base in fill to the lift shaft – Complete
•Jump form commencement – 02/03/10 to 06/03/10
•Level 7 re-location and demolition 02/03/10 – 23/04/10
•Level 5-7 structural works to southern side – 08/03/10 to 23/04/10
•Piling to the transfer wall – TBC but likely 06/03/10
•Structure to Level 3 – 08/03/10 to 30/03/10
Public Documents
•Staff and Student toolkit [pdf, 5.5mb], uploaded 17 February 2010
•Faculty of DAB Staff Forum presentation [pdf, 1.8mb], uploaded 14 December 2009
•Weekly cohabitation meeting updates [links to full list of available documents]
Key features
•The Infill and extension of the CB06 podium will provide 5,950m² of new teaching and social space for UTS
•A roof-top garden with stunning views of the surrounding city district caps the new building
•A new cafe at ground level will help animate the Ultimo Pedestrian Network (UPN)
•Extensive communal facilities on level 8 (above the podium on the UPN side), including theatrette, music room, games room, computer room and outdoor BBQ terrace
•Range of student accommodation including private self-contained studios as well as multi-bedroom units with shared facilities
•The existing Building 6 (CB06), primarily occupied by the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB), will remain occupied and operational throughout the construction period
•Most general teaching functions normally held in CB06 will be relocated to other areas within the university

Sustainability features
•Building targets a 5-Star Green Star rating, under multi-residential category
•Predominantly naturally ventilated building with good daylight penetration
•Green construction management practices, including certified environmental management and waste management plans, contribute to the environmental rating
•Prioritisation of environmentally-friendly construction materials
•Building the tower on top of an existing building limits requirement for new foundations and associated carbon-generating activities
Project Data
Size:13-level tower above new and existing podium, 720 student beds, spread over 19,200m²
Project budget:$75 million
Key dates:•Construction start: December 2009 (pending planning approval)
•Estimated Completion: December 2011
Project procurement:Design and Construct contract
Project team:•UTS Project Manager: Campus Development, Planning and Design Review Branch, Facilities Management Unit
•Contractor: Hutchinson Builders
•Architect: Nettleton Tribe
•Harris Street facade architect: Lacoste and Stevenson
•Consultant Team: JBA (town planner), WT Partnership (quantity surveyor), Monaghan Surveyors (surveyor), Viridis E3 (environmental), Halcrow MWT (traffic and parking), Morris-Goding (accessibility consultant), Waterman AHW (ventilation engineers), Acoustic Logic (noise assessment), Windtech (reflectivity and wind environment), Douglas Partners (Geotechnical), BG&E (structural engineers), JD MacDonald (waste management), City Plan Services (BCA), Defire (fire and safety), GDK (hydraulic engineer), Building Services (communications), DSA (BCA, section J)
More Information
Berlin Ng, Senior Planning Officer, Ext. 2823, email:

Theodorus Gofers, Senior Project Manager, Ext. 4426, email:


UTS Broadway Building (ITE Building)

13 Mar

Project description
Angled, semi-transparent “binary screens” envelope the winning proposal for the Broadway Building Design Competition (opens an external site) by architect Denton Corker Marshall. The screens provide the building with a dramatic urban presence. They are made of aluminium sheets perforated with binary code, the series of “1s” and “0s” that underpins computer programming language. The building is also known as the Information Technology and Engineering (ITE) Building.

Reflecting the final tenant of the building, the binary code reads ‘University of Technology, Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.’

The architect’s design concept positions the new building as a single, sculptural object in the city. “Gills” creased into the aluminium plates of the binary screen punctuate the façade and symbolically reinforce the building as a living, breathing structure. A crevasse-like pedestrian atrium runs through the heart of the building, both horizontally and vertically. It will connect the local neighbourhood to the UTS education precinct.

A floor-to-roof atrium sits
at the heart of the building
Key features
•Internal planning creates strong visual connections through the atrium space and fosters inter-collegial interaction and collaboration
•Vertical planning places most public functions at ground floor level and most private at upper levels
•Academic and research students clustered around interactive and break-out spaces along internal circulation routes
•Internal spaces defined by access to daylight and fresh air
•Building will accommodate some 500 staff and 4,300 students
Sustainability features
•Minimum 5-Star Green Star Rating
•Energy saving strategy is to deliver a 30% – 45% energy saving over benchmark tertiary educational buildings with similar functional spaces.
•45% shading co-efficient of the external ‘binary code’ screen estimated to bring about a 10-15% operational energy saving.
•Other key components include:
?450m² solar array which collects water and provides filtered daylight to atrium
?under floor air distribution system
?low energy lighting
?double-glazed facade with night-purge opening panels
Project Data
Size:27,000sqm useable floor area, 14 levels
Construction value:$170 million
Key dates:•Design Competition winner announced: July 2009 (opens an external site)
•Construction estimated: mid-2010 to end 2012
Design procurement:Design Excellence Competition (opens an external site)
Project team:•UTS Project Manager: Campus Development, Planning and Design Review Branch, Facilities Management Unit
•Architect: Denton Corker Marshall

More Information
For more information contact the project manager: Gregory Graham , p: 9514 4687, email:

UTS Tower- Education with altitude

21 Jan

5 May 2008

The building most readily identified with UTS is Building 1, better known as the Tower. On more than one occasion it has been singled out as Sydney’s ugliest building. For many UTS staff, this has become a matter of pride. The Tower has provoked beautification schemes from irate architects. It has inspired kitsch material culture in the form of Tower lapel pins and snow domes, both now sought-after objects. And it has given rise to various stories about its design and construction.
Some journalists from the nearby Fairfax building rowed across the flooded excavation site in an idle moment.

The original 1964 plan provided for a row of seven twelve-storey buildings on the site. This was gradually modified. In 1965 it was to be four buildings of fifteen, twenty, nineteen and fourteen storeys. And by 1966, three buildings were planned of thirteen, twenty-two and sixteen storeys with two basements and five podium levels. By the mid-1970s, with cutbacks in Commonwealth funding, the grand plan was reduced to two buildings, the second to be beheaded. In the euphoria of the late sixties and early seventies, however, with money readily available and the Brickfield Hill campus bursting at the seams, NSWIT – which became UTS in 1988 and the largest of the institutions which ultimately amalgamated as the new UTS in 1990 – was keen to acquire new buildings. Continue reading

Ultimo site gets ultimate architect – Frank Gehry

21 Jan

THE acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, who creates buildings that ”look like a party of drunken robots got together to celebrate”, is about to unleash his vision for Sydney.


The University of Technology, Sydney yesterday announced that Mr Gehry, who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, will create a concept design to transform a former industrial site at Ultimo into a building of international repute.


The new Faculty of Business building will be the 80-year-old architect’s first in Australia, pending the university’s council approval of his finished concept design next year. The building, on the former Dairy Farmers site wedged between the ABC Ultimo Centre and the Powerhouse Museum, will house an estimated 2000 students and more than 400 academics. Continue reading