Completed building projects
These are some of our recently completed building projects. These works demonstrate how the University is investing in our shared future by building cutting-edge facilities for every member of our community to enjoy. Our capital works and improvements are wide reaching, ranging from laboratory and office refurbishments to purpose-built facilities such as simulation centres, clean rooms, plant rooms and greenhouses.
Nepean Clinical School
Australian Government funding enabled the Nepean Clinical School to open new multidisciplinary teaching and research facilities in May 2012. The facilities include clinical and ultrasound rooms, a clinical skills laboratory, research and education pods, student common areas, computer rooms, a 90 seat lecture theatre, tutorial rooms and staff parking.
Through collaboration with the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, the new clinic areas enable us to provide extra high-quality outpatient services to our community in an educational setting. The improvements have been embraced by other health professionals including paramedics, social workers, nurses and general practitioners. Local schools and non-health related faculties of local universities are also using the new facilities.
Concord Medical Education Centre
This state-of-the-art facility will provide real-life experiences necessary for preparing the next generation of doctors. It is a leap forward for medical education, not only for students in western Sydney, but right across New South Wales, as it will give immediate access via teleconferencing to the latest in research and teaching.
The centre, completed at the end of 2013, was a funded through a partnership between the University of Sydney, the Australian Government and Concord Hospital. It includes a simulation centre, cardiac resuscitation training laboratory, surgical skills laboratory with 3D camera system, video recording studio for research and training purposes and live-streaming to teaching hospitals.
Centre for Carbon, Water and Food (CCWF)
Officially opened in March 2013, the Centre for Carbon, Water and Food (CCWF) is Australia’s first multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to tackling the nation’s biggest food security and environmental challenges. The new flagship facility for the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, the CCWF represents a major milestone in Australian-Chinese collaboration on food security through the signing of two memorandums of understanding between the University of Sydney and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, with mirror facilities in Beijing and Nanjing.
Funded by a $20 million investment from the Australian Government, the centre was created to facilitate the integrated study of carbon, food and water. Housed in a purpose-built facility, it draws upon the University’s established expertise in social science, ecology, eco-physiology and plant breeding. The building’s façade was designed to represent the centre’s three namesake elements: carbon (black zinc), water (green copper) and earth (brown steel). The architecture incorporates ecologically sustainable design (ESD) principles to reflect the sustainable focus of the centre. The space features several specialised laboratories and a six-metre high greenhouse with viewing walkways at the first and second storey levels.
Australian Technology Park
The Australian Technology Park (ATP) in Eveleigh has a rich cultural heritage and was once the location of Australia’s largest industrial complex. Today it is a world-class technology precinct with an emphasis on initiatives that minimise our environmental impact and aim to create a more sustainable future. In January 2013, a $3.4 million suite of refurbishments to ATP were completed, enabling the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment to be consolidated over three levels, thus creating better teaching, research and laboratory facilities to meet the needs of the faculty and the University more generally. Some key features of the refurbishments include enhanced office spaces, workstation areas, computer labs, a cold room, wet laboratory, herbarium, microbial culture room, plant preparation room and plant growth room. Through investment in ATP, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment will be better able to explore new frontiers in food production, carbon cycling and agricultural sustainability.
In November 2012, the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) celebrated a milestone with the unveiling of a new $1.8 million Broken Hill Clinical Simulation building, designed to improve the health and lives of people in far-west New South Wales. The new facility has rooms set up like hospital emergency departments to simulate trauma situations, as well as providing student debrief rooms, a skills laboratory, showers and disabled toilets, staff offices, a meeting room and common area. Additionally, a 28-bed student accommodation facility was delivered at the end of 2012, including eight modular units with 28 beds, a carpark for 16 vehicles, and bicycle shed for 28 bicycles.
The BHUDRH is part of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health and one of 11 government-funded departments dedicated to increasing recruitment and retention of rural health professionals as well as improving the quality of health care for rural Australians.
Learning Networks Projects
Opened in Semester One 2012, the Learning Networks Project was designed to improve the physical and virtual learning spaces on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus through the creation of new teaching areas and learning hubs. Some of the improvements include a formal seminar space and collaborative learning with integrated technologies on the first floor of the PNR building, an upgrade to the Fisher Library (the largest academic library in the Southern Hemisphere) and a shared space in the Wallace Building. Funding was provided by the Australian Government through the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLC) and through a significant co-contribution from the University.