The School of Education within RMIT were located across four levels of Building 220 on the Bundoora West Campus. RMIT’s strategic masterplan, space utilisation and asset management data, along with the Schools business plan highlighted that the building was being underutilised and was not fit for purpose. TSA developed the Business Case to refurbish three levels (circa 7500m2 with a budget of $7.5m), and consolidate the School of Education across two levels with a third for campus-wide use.
Seconded into the RMIT team, TSA provided project management services including design management, consultant procurement and management for the upgrades. Level 1 was refurbished with two general learning and teaching (L&T) spaces and secure research material storage. Level 2 is dedicated to innovative teaching and learning spaces consisting of five L&T rooms, student break out spaces, press play recording studio, quiet study areas and amenities. Level 3 created a new collaborative staff accommodation, with individual offices, shared offices, open plan workspaces, small and medium-sized meeting rooms, quiet spaces and group communal spaces.
The project aligned with RMIT and the Schools Reconciliation Plans, this was achieved through the design reflecting the collaborative teaching space pedagogy, Indigenous naming of the spaces included within the signage package, with room signs including name, phonetics, translation.
In addition to the project management, TSA provided change and communication services, for the transition to activity-based working in the new collaborative spaces.