The Thomas Street Building is part of the UTS City Campus Master Plan, a $1billion transformation that will redefine UTS and Sydney’s southern CBD. The building mainly service the Faculty of Science, however, its position overlooking Alumni Green, the university’s principal open space, means that the building also has an important civic role to play. The architectural design by Durbach Block Jaggers, in association with BVN Architecture encompasses a gently undulating building inspired by the organic forms of a tree grove responding to the vibrancy of campus life.
The 15,000m2 building features a variety of laboratories with specialist research support areas, including PC2 research laboratories, a clean suite with embedded PC2 labs, open plan workspaces and a ‘Super Lab’ giving large numbers of students access to the latest technology in a single laboratory space.
Steensen Varming designed all the mechanical services for this project and sophisticated energy modelling was carried out throughout. Key features of the building include: Daylight access and control, Green Roof, On-site renewable energy (via roof mounted PV), solar domestic hot water system, rain water harvesting and reuse. The Building was successfully awarded a 6 Green Star rating as a result of Steensen Varming’s Green Star Consultancy service and the collaboration of our mechanical design team.