CASE STUDY: University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Fetch and Mondrian flexible storage solutions for the University of Technology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and Faculty of Health
Agile Workplace in Education – Hot Desking and Flexible Working Solutions
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The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia has a masterplan to co-locate faculties to improve functionality and convenience. As part of this both the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) and Faculty of Health (FoH) needed to merge into one city building (CB10).Gardner Wetherill Associates (GWA) were selected as the architect. GWA facilitated several stakeholder workshops and developed a robust brief that encapsulated not only how the end users currently work and communicate but also how their future aspirations could be met. As part of this UTS and GWA had the opportunity to explore how current commercial workplace solutions could be adapted to provide new kinds of learning environments. This Activity Based Environment (ABE) needed to provide a greater level of amenity, beyond the conventional open plan and shared offices models.
GWA selected ShelvingDirect’s Fetch mobile caddy with Mondrian Kennel docking and storage walls in order to meet the flexible working and personal storage requirements. Fetch is a personal mobile caddy that caters for non territorial working environments by providing users with a personal mobile storage (hot desking) solution that can be moved to a work pod and then parked in a communal storage area when the user is not on site. Fetch allows the user to maintain a personal connection with their workplace while facilitating a flexible working environment. Mondrian Kennel docking stations house the Fetch units when not in use and also provide on site locker and personal storage. Mondrian units are designed to sit in open plan areas or as Storage Walls to optimise available space. UTS specified vibrant main body and highlight colours in order to improve visual connectivity.
Building CB10 has now been transformed into an agile work environment which reflects the latest technology and new learning practices. The new facility reflects the ‘sticky campus’ approach allowing students and staff to linger on campus and engage in group work and agile learning practices. This Activity Based Environment is now being used as a prototype for future projects across UTS.
For help and advice on storage solutions for agile work places please contact Matthew White
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