The idea for the $180 million Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (UTS) came to architect Frank Gehry after a 2009 visit to the old Dairy Farmers site in a scruffy part of Ultimo.
Over the past five years the architect’s ideas was developed, expanded, tested and modelled at the Californian headquarters, where as many as 150 wooden and paper models on different scales were built. The final models' curves and lines were then turned into 3D designs using software.
Construction began in November 2012, and by the end of February 2015 more than 1600 school students and staff attended the facility. The building was designed with an extravagant staircase and many other central areas to encourage departmental mixing; students and staff from different disciplines to cross paths.
This new building was constructed by Lend Lease with Foxville Projects Group (NSW) being appointed as the lead fit out contractor. Rondo supplied an extensive range of ceiling and partition systems, as well as technical support throughout the project, which included design for all the internal walls, shelf loads, Balustrade design utilising stud and track as well as ongoing support throughout the project construction period in regards to Rondo products within the design criteria.
A representative from Foxville, George Lu has said “It was a challenging yet satisfying project to be part of. Foxville are extremely proud to have been associated with this revolutionary facility which will be an iconic building of the Sydney landscape for years to come”.
Rondo’s KEY-LOCK® Ceiling System, Steel Stud Framing Systems and EXANGLE ® Finishing Sections were used throughout the design of this iconic project.