New business school transforms university

Tuesday 04 Jan 2011

World class business school provides a single location for various faculties previously housed in several buildings

"Closer integration between various parts of our faculty mean that we are now presenting a more coherent view of business education at UWA that will enable us to present a unified face to the business community. Our new building will provide a major, visible symbol of change and future development," Professor Tracey Horton, Dean of the Business School.

"The UWA Business School fundraising campaign, 'Tomorrow Starts Here', was implemented to raise significant funds to transform the Business School. The funds contributed to a new state-of-the-art building that has enabled a new experiential style of learning, co-locating undergraduate, postgraduate and executive training," Professor Tracey Horton, Dean of the Business School.

"The completion of the outstanding new building will provide many opportunities for Business School students and graduates in the years ahead," Mark Barnaba, Chair of the Business School Board.

"The University has placed significant investment in a state-of-the-art Business School facility, providing you with an inspirational environment in which to study," Business School Website.

"Designed for learning - studying at the Business School you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, lecture theatres and study rooms. You will experience a collaborative learning environment bringing together students, staff, alumni and the business community. The building design incorporates flexible learning sites and lounges throughout the building, providing you with plenty of spaces to work and learn," Business School Website.

"This award is to a creative and highly disciplined consultant team who have brought UWA campus architecture into the 21st Century. While acknowledging the campus grid, the building then takes on a life of its own. Being slightly elevated to capture river views, it provides a well thought out learning environment that is at once inspiring and potentially very sustainable," Jury Comments AIA Design Award for Public Architecture Western Australia 2009.

The briefing process for the UWA began with an introductory meeting to provide Woods Bagot with an understanding of the University's vision for the Business School.

Following this initial meeting, Woods Bagot facilitated two ‘Strategic Vision Workshops' with selected academic staff, administrative staff and student participants. The workshops gave rise to key outcomes which were used by the design team as the basis for an overall philosophy to underpin the building design.

In addition to the vision workshops, ‘one-on-one' interviews were held with selected academic staff, administrative staff and students to test the outcomes of the vision workshop and to provide the basis for the School's accommodation schedule and the project room data sheets.

The provisional accommodation schedule was tested by a specialist consultant to enable greater efficiencies in building utilisation to enable ‘non-briefed' spaces to be incorporated into the design without an increase in the overall building area.

Design presentations were made by Woods Bagot to the Project Design Group on a fortnightly cycle and the Project Steering Group on a monthly cycle as the briefing and design phases progressed.

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