Apr
14

Building Site Update

Submitted by: Anne Thompson, Property & Campus Services

The building is on track for practical completion on 8 August 2014. The University will then commence the Commissioning Program with a view to staff moving in from October / November 2014.

Angled glazing has been placed on the southern façade where the library will be located. The zinc screens which feature on the North and Eastern façades are currently being installed.

Mar
14

Industry partnership to grow next generation of architects

Submitted by: Louisa Ragas, ABP Communications

A new partnership between Dulux Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning will create enhanced industry links in the areas of paints, colours and coatings, including developing cutting-edge research.

Dulux Australia will become the major sponsor of the gallery space in the Architecture, Building and Planning Faculty’s new building and will also add depth to students’ learning about current industry practice on paints, colours and coatings.

Feb
28

Building site update

Submitted by: Anne Thompson, Property & Campus Services

There are a couple of achievements to celebrate for the New Architecture building over the last fortnight. The supporting beams to the ground were removed from the 12 metre cantilever structure.  The cantilever is three stories high and juts out to the north of the new  ABP building.

Over the next fortnight all services roughed in and all precast installed. The glazed exterior will commence and the roof will be installed and completed.

Feb
24

Progressive Architecture Awards Citation

Submitted by: Niamh Cremins, ABP Communications

The new building for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) has received a citation in the 61st Annual Progressive Architecture Awards. The project was one of only ten recognised internationally out of 150 entries from across the globe.

Juror Lise Anne Couture described the new building at "in and of itself a pedagogical tool".

Feb
06

Stunning coffered roof installed

Submitted by: Associate Professor Peter Ashford, Construction

Three LVL timber roof beams over the atrium were erected this week and the infill pods installed inbetween. The beams and pods are pre-finished and stored under cover in the manufacturer's yard prior to installation.

The geometric shapes of the pods, and their plywood grain patterns, are visually striking and the overall roof structure, designed by JWA and NADAAA, will be a standout feature of our new building. The first of the glazed roof sections, covering over 120 square metres, is scheduled to be installed on Friday 7 February.

Jan
30

Building site update

Submitted by: Anne Thompson, Property & Campus Services

There is a new burst of activity on the ABP building site since the recommencement of works for 2014.  The next few weeks will see roof beams and panels delivered to the site between 5 to 6am, which are worth watching if you’re on campus.  If you’re more like me, you can catch this activity on the time lapse video on this blog.  As the truck loads are so wide, a special Vic Roads escort will guide them through the city to ensure they reach their destination.

Jan
29

Construction ahead of schedule

Submitted by: Louisa Ragas, ABP Communications

Following the commencement of main works in April 2013, our new building has risen rapidly before our eyes. John Wardle Architects and NADAAA's elegant design is taking form in the centre of the University campus, and we can sense the landmark teaching, design research and cultural centre that it will soon become. Construction is currently ahead of schedule, from a whole of project perspective, and we are excited to witness the final months of construction and detailed fit-out.

Dec
23

Site closure over Christmas 2013

Submitted by: Anne Thompson, Property and Campus Services

Over the past year we have watched together as the old building was demolished and Bank of NSW façade preserved and propped and our new building rise out of the ground and top out.

What a momentous year it has been, capped off by a significant milestone with the construction of the north eastern cantilever. Located some 8 metres above the ground, this feat of engineering now projects beyond the main structure of the base of the building.

Dec
06

'Topping out' celebration at the Potter

Submitted by: Professor Tom Kvan, ABP Dean

We celebrated the 'topping out' of our new building at a special event at the Ian Potter Museum last night. This represents a significant milestone for the project, as it marks the near completion of the building’s envelope. Focus will shift in the new year from construction to fitout. Given this, it was a pleasure to host the topping out ceremony for key supporters of the Faculty.

Dec
04

Video: Building Bridges to Industry for Students

Submitted by: Andrew Middleton & Simon Elchlepp, ABP Advancement

One of the most powerful aspects of our new Faculty building will be its pedagogic value. Not only will students gain knowledge in studios and lectures, the building itself is purposefully designed to 'teach' students about the complex functions and performance of a world-class education and research centre.


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