Campus buzzes with building activity
The Charles Perkins Centre for the study of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease is due to be finished early next year. When SAM was given a sneak review of work-in-progress a few months ago, some of the building’s features – such as lecture theatre and animal storage site in the basement – were well under way.
But the Charles Perkins Centre is just one of a range of other prominent projects underway, including:
An upgrade of the Engineering faculty precinct in Darlington: Over the past two years, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies has invested more than $25m into the refurbishment of key teaching spaces, in particular for Electrical Engineering and Project Management. Over the next 18 months the Faculty will work on a detailed plan for the refurbishment of existing buildings, creating space for research and providing technology to support teaching.
The Australian Institute for Nanoscience: will house a state-of-the-art nanofabrication facility, providing advanced research capability, in addition to comprehensive research and teaching facilities. Mainland Civil are currently progressing with the Enabling Works – bulk excavation, piling and storm water diversion works. Lend Lease Project Management & Construction have been engaged as the Main Works Contractor and expect to commence onsite later this year. The Department of Planning and Infrastructure has indicated that approval is imminent. It is anticipated that the project will be completed for teaching Semester 2, 2015.
The Abercrombie Precinct Redevelopment: new facilities for the Business School on the Darlington Campus, including student accommodation. Almost two-thirds of the area of the Business School within the precinct will be General Teaching Space, with four large lecture theatres, a variety of case study theatres, seminar rooms and computer labs, together with an informal learning space network, which can be used by students from across the University. Construction of the Business School commenced mid-2013, with the bulk excavation and shoring works well underway.