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The UWS FASS Project is a new building located on the Milperra campus of the University of Western Sydney – Macarthur for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Three departments were to be housed within the building. These included the Department of Aviation, Department of Psychology and a research space for use by the Pro-Vice Chancellor. BHA were engaged to prepare a detailed brief, develop a design, obtain Development Approval and assist during the construction phase.

The briefing and design process involved extensive consultation with the Building Committee, faculty representatives and senior university management. A number of intensive consultative design workshops were held. The project was completed on time and budget. The new building enhances the university campus. The building replaced existing temporary accommodation within demountable buildings. The new building follows the natural topography of the site and is two storeys high at the eastern end, stepping down to three storeys at the western end. A heavy masonry wall on the southern façade of the building wraps around the eastern and western facades, opening up to lightweight profiled metal cladding and glazed curtain wall on the northern façade. An exposed concrete frame on the northern façade reflects the surrounding buildings. Solar protection in the form on suns shading has been incorporated in the design on the northern and western facades. A new covered walkway similar to the existing walkways on campus connects to the existing covered walkways.
physical size: 2,500m2
cost: $5.0
completed: 2001


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