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The first ‘Frank Gehry’ for Australia

The University of Technology’s celebrated Dr Chau Chak Wing Building was presented with the Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building, at the 2016 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Named the ‘UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building’ it has become known as ‘Gehry’s Treehouse’.

The project was led at the outset by Highgate Director Michael Jessett supported by Mike Cave who managed the team procurement and the contractor procurement and early design phases. Michael Warner administered the both the early works and main contracts to completion.

Frank gehry

Michael Jessett, comments:

“The new UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is a first for Australia. We are incredibly proud to have been a part of the team creating this iconic new building, designed by Frank Gehry.

“Managing an internationally based team of architects for this new building certainly created its challenges but we worked through together with the various teams and building contractor Lend Lease to realise Gehry’s design, and have achieved a truly inspirational environment for the next generation of business leaders.”

Spectacular inside and out, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is a key component of UTS’s $1 billion-plus City Campus Master Plan. It provides learning, research and office space for up to 1600 students and staff in the UTS Business School.

Watch the final stages of construction in this UTS time lapse.

For more information on the completion of the UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, visit UTS website.

Project: UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Sydney

Client: University of Technology, Sydney

Project Management: Highgate Management and UTS PMO

Design Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP

Executive Architect: Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke

Construction contractor: Lend Lease

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