computerlab28

A series of 24-hour spaces for use by all RMIT students have opened in Building 28.

Project: 24-hour computer lab, library and students’ group staff space

Architect: John Wardle Architects

Commenced: 17 November 2014

Completed: 17 February 2015

Recognising the need to offer students the opportunity to enjoy a better work, life and study balance; the 24-hour space replaces the former labs in Building 14 and Building 8.

The new lab offers a range of improvements on the former spaces including improved access off Swanston Street as well as greater capacity and CCTV security.

Dr April Weiss, Deputy Director, RMIT ICT Service Management, said students’ response to the lab was “very positive” and the space had been well used since opening.

“The 24-hour access recognises that student life doesn’t always fit into business hours. Offering access to these vital facilities 24/7 provides students with the support and flexibility they need to balance their work, life, and study.”

Located on level 3 via the doors at the southern end of Building 28, students can access the lab via a new bluestone ramp with their RMIT swipe card.

Also relocating to Building 28, Student Groups and Swanston Library staff have moved into their refurbished office spaces on levels 5 and 6.

Tanya Bramley, Swanston Library Manager, said the new space, which has brought three library staff teams together for the first time, had created a collaborative working environment.

“We all really love the view out of the rear window over the State Library, which shows the old and new of Melbourne. The office’s natural light and open plan has created a really beautiful space, and we’re all really pleased.”

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A timelapse showing the new 100-seat computer lab (for use by all RMIT students) in Building 28.

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