Seven levels of state-of-the-art equipment. That’s how our newest science research facility is being described.
An extension of building 4, the new facility will replace what was once University Hall and bring together existing and new research equipment. Interim Dean of the Faculty of Science William ‘Bill’ Gladstone says, “It will consolidate our expertise and high-end infrastructure in one physical location, rather than spread over the campus.
“What makes the facility unique,” he adds, “is that each of the floors is themed around particular scientific methods that can be applied across multiple disciplines and industries.
For example, there will be a floor committed to state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation allowing researchers to investigate a diverse range of contemporary issues across biological, environmental and forensic sciences.
Likewise, all of UTS’s high-resolution imaging equipment, including the super-resolution DeltaVision OMX Blaze™, will be brought together in an imaging suite on another level of the new facility. Bill says, “This will really cement UTS’s reputation as world-leaders in using super high-resolution imaging to undertake research.”
UTS will also get its first walk-in fume cupboard, along with over 20 regular fume cupboards. They’ll be used to support high-level research in chemical synthesis in a safe and inclusive environment.
Bill says consultation with researchers and technical staff was integral to the design of each space. “We studied their research workflow to ensure that benches and equipment were installed in a sequence that catered for the way in which scientists work.”
The exterior, designed in collaboration with H2o Architects Melbourne, is just as distinctive as the interior. A glass curtain wall on the southern façade will enable passers-by on the Harris Street footbridge to view the research taking place inside the labs. It will be complemented by coloured glassed facade features, inspired by a lightning strike, which represent the energy and spirit of UTS.
The construction of the new building, which is set to begin in May, will also take advantage of the empty “air space” above the former University Hall. Senior Project Manager in the Facilities Management Operations Projects Team Ben Jenkins says, “Going up enables us to gain a lot more square meterage.”
And in doing so, “We are now making the most of the site’s potential and allowing UTS, and science, to expand.”
The building is also expanding underground. A basement level will be dug out during the demolition of University Hall, to provide extra storage and passage through to the loading dock in building 1.
Ben says, “We are also adding a walkway that leads to the Alumni Green, so the building will connect to the heart of our campus.” And to collaborators in other faculties.
“A lot of the research we do,” says Bill, “is done to have an impact in society. By being able to push the barriers of science and technology with this new facility, our knowledge and research will become better, and ultimately more impactful.”
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After decades of service, Uni Hall closed late last year to make way for a new UTS Science Research Building. We want your help to give Uni Hall the send-off it deserves before demolition begins in April. Email your memories, stories or photos to email@example.com