For the Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE), infrastructure is an important enabler of our MSE 2025 vision to build the entrepreneurial leaders and transformative technologies of the future. We are investing $450 million into our future infrastructure: building a new campus, creating a strong presence as part of the Carlton Connect Initiative, and refurbishing our existing Engineering Precinct on the Parkville campus. These Engineering Precinct refurbishments will provide a memorable student experience, enhance research capability and capacity, and accommodate the growth in our students and staff numbers.
Creating new Student Spaces
The north wing of our Old Engineering building has been turned into contemporary informal student space. Students now have places that enable them to work individually or as a group, with bookable flexible spaces and digital technology and is a place to engage and collaborate with industry partners on their projects.
Creating a new research space for human movement
To advance our biomechanical and biomedical research, we have installed the only Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) in Australia into our Engineering Workshops. This technology will greatly improve our research into physical rehabilitation and will be used for many different types of research and clinical paradigms, patient groups and fields of interest.
Creating a new pedestrian linkway
A pedestrian linkway has been created through the Engineering Workshops to create a connection to the future new Student and Carlton Connect precincts, and to put engineering teaching and research on display for all to see.
Upgrading our MUR garage
The efforts and the work of the students in the Melbourne University Racing (MUR) team are now able to be showcased. Their garage has been upgraded, creating a visible connection into the garage and celebrating the heritage of the building while providing a safe, modern environment for the students.
Building Our ‘Space Lab’ flexible test workspace
We are creating flexible and collaborative spaces (called the Space Lab) on level 3 of Block D (building 176) so we can test a range of workspace options for staff and students. We will gather data from this test space to inform what our future workspaces look like and how they operate. Different teams and configurations will be tested, with the resulting data informing our future ways of working.
Restoring the western façade of our Old Engineering building
Our Old Engineering building has been the home of Engineering at the University since 1901. We have recently restored its façade to ensure that future generations are able to benefit from and experience some of the original architecture that makes our campus so great.
Demolishing our Old Radiation building
The Old Radiation building has a long history and was vital to our early prominence in medical research. In recent years, the structure has fallen into disrepair, so we are slowly demolishing the building so that the space can be used to link into the new Student Precinct.
20 August 2017 – MSE Open Day 2017 activities in the new student spaces
22 August 2017 – Dean Iven Mareels officially opens the new student spaces and the upgraded workshops
18 - 20 September 2017 − Staff trained to use the CAREN
8 November 2017 − Space lab opens to the first cohort of staff
Coming next - new teaching and research spaces
Demolition has commenced on the South Wing of Old Engineering, with the space to be converted into flexible offices and teaching spaces.
Wet Labs are being renovated and created on Level 2 of the Chemical Engineering building.
A new Human Computer Interaction Lab will be built in the Doug McDonell Building.
New computing labs on the ground floor of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering building.
Our Campus in the 21st Century
Our Campus in the 21st century (OC21) was developed by the University community in a series of workshops that explored the qualities wanted across all campuses and precincts. It is the formal response to the University of Melbourne’s strategic plan Growing Esteem and is integral to how the University will plan for the future, and to developing high-quality campus-based experiences for diverse communities.
The Engineering Precinct refurbishments support our campus in the 21st century through the following:
The refurbishments will provide memorable student experiences. The new student spaces give students a place where they can work individually or as a group, with bookable flexible spaces and digital technology. This is a space that they can also engage and collaborate with industry partners on various projects. Other works like our linkway between Engineering and the 1888 Building helps create a stronger path between the new Student precinct and our presence at Carlton Connect.
Synergy and Innovation
By creating our flexible test workspace (Space Lab) we will be exploring a range of different and innovative workspace options for staff and students. The test results gathered will inform how the Melbourne School of Engineering works in the future with a focus on engagement, collaboration and innovation, across our three campuses: Parkville, Carlton Connect and Fishermans Bend.