Lab+Life Scientist Jun 2015

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super lab

UTS opens

state-of-the-art health and science building The University of Technology, Sydney’s (UTS) Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Health Building - the third major development in the university’s billion-dollar City Campus Master Plan - was officially opened on 27 April by NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner.


The green roof is one of several sustainability features incorporated into the new building, resulting in a 6 Star Green Star Design rating from

panning eight occupied levels, and

the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

with a gross building area of 13,800 m , the building

Other features include the use of environmentally

has capacity for approximately 900 students and 300

friendly building materials; natural daylighting;

staff. According to UTS Dean of Science Professor

insulated double glazing; water-efficient fixtures;

Bruce Milthorpe, the facility contains state-of-the-

and energy-efficient LED lighting. Meters

art learning and research technologies and spaces.

and sensors constantly monitor the real-time

“One of the new building’s many laboratories is

sustainability performance of the building, making


a crime scene simulation lab, designed to resemble

Professor Milthorpe said the science building

bathroom, bedroom and dummy bodies, to teach

is “an important physical milestone for the faculty’s

students to detect blood, fingerprints and how

ongoing evolution”, with UTS having recently

these may be hidden to conceal crimes,” Professor

reorganised its five schools of science into just

Milthorpe said.

two - the School of Life Sciences and the School

Images courtesy of Andrew Worssam.

The building’s new super lab, described by

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it a ‘living lab’.

a modern city apartment, complete with kitchen,

of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Professor Milthorpe as “the only one of its kind in

“Our two new science schools will break

Australia”, allows tutors to run different science classes

down old discipline silos, offering researchers

concurrently. Accommodating up to 220 students,

and students alike the chance to broaden their

the lab features “stunning learning technologies to

experiences,” he said.

support the university’s student-centred approach to

Minister Skinner noted that she is “particularly

learning that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration”,

excited this fine building will house a psychology

said Professor Milthorpe.

clinic - staffed by masters students working under

The building’s green roof includes a tree

supervision - which will have a research role with a

nursery and saltwater tank to grow algae, seagrass

multidisciplinary approach to issues such as pain

and saltmarsh plants, allowing researchers to better


understand how carbon dioxide sequestration, solid

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs

waste and wastewater treatment, and the impacts

concluded, “This building, and our entire newly

of climate change. The roof additionally provides

developed campus, embodies UTS’s vision to be

recreational space, insulation, improved air quality,

a world-leading university of technology and an

a plant and animal habitat, and the ability to filter

inspiring place equipping our graduates for jobs

and clean stormwater run-off.

of the future and delivering research with impact.” |