GREEN STAR Education v1 6 Star
A cornerstone of the $1 billion UTS Campus Master Plan, the landmark building was designed by Durbach Block Jaggers, in association with BVN Architecture. Located on the corner of Thomas and Jones streets in the heart of the City Campus, the new Science and Graduate School of Health Building (Building 7) connects seamlessly to Building 4 to create a new science and health teaching, learning and research precinct.
It has been future-proofed to accommodate more than 1200 staff and students over eight occupied levels, three of them underground, and is notable for its state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.
Overlooking the re-imagined Alumni Green, the building also provides easy access to Buildings 1, 2 and 10, as well as the new Faculty of Engineering and IT (Building 11) on Broadway and the underground Library Retrieval System.
The building has achieved a five-star Green Star Design rating, and its sustainability features include a roof garden, a 27,000-litre rainwater tank and a façade comprising mainly recycled material.
KEY FEATURES: TEACHING, LEARNING & RESEARCH
Level 1 will be home to a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facility which will be one of only two in Australia when the building opens. Spanning the entire floor (52 metres from end-to-end) and with capacity for 200 students, the Super Lab will be able to run up to five classes from different disciplines simultaneously.
The lab will consist of 25 workbenches, sitting eight students, who will each have a headset and their own monitor. There will be demonstration stations at every second bench to ensure students are closely connected to their demonstrators. There are also breakout spaces throughout the building, some equipped with smart boards. These spaces will also be available for group discussions and student presentations.
A number of specialist science labs will feature the latest technology, while generic, dry lab facilities will provide schools with maximum flexibility. The main specialist labs include:
• Vacuum Lab (level 0)
• Crime Scene Lab (level 0)
• Clean Room (level 0)
• Imaging Suite (level 0)
• Super Lab (level 1)
A tiered auditorium, seating approximately 200 students and located on level 2, will facilitate multiple forms of engagement including lecture presentations, group work and technology-enabled activities.
These informal learning spaces, located on level 1 and level 3 (adjacent to the café) will be used for
individual and group study as well as for socializing.
A café on level 3 near the corner of Jones and Thomas St will open out onto a revitalized and expanded Alumni Green.
High efficient façade
Water-saving sanitary appliances
Sustainable building materials
Low-emitting materials and finishes
Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
Smart design (passive design strategies)
UTS has achieved a five-star Green Star Design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia for the Science and Graduate School of Health Building. The building’s design incorporates sustainable features on the inside and out, including:
• A green roof will not only serve as a research and learning space but provide a range of environmental benefits including insulation (to reduce heating and cooling demand in the building) and stormwater management. It will also promote biodiversity in a city environment.
• Roof-mounted solar panels will generate some of the hot water required for the building.
• A 27,000-litre rainwater tank, located under the vehicle ramp to the Building 1 car park, will capture and recycle water for non-potable uses such as flushing toilets and irrigation. An adjacent 57,600-litre tank will provide recycled stormwater for approximately 85% of Alumni Green’s irrigation demand.
• The building’s façade, manufactured by the Sto Group in Germany, will comprise approximately 85% recycled material.
• Extensive use of light wells and skylights will maximise natural light throughout the building, reducing energy consumption due to artificial lighting.
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University of Technology, Sydney
Durbach Block Jaggers
Durbach Block Jaggers , BVN Architecture
Marshall Day Acoustics
Building services engineer:
Arup , Steensen Varming
Green certification consultant:
Steensen Varming , TTW
Richard Crookes Construction
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