Building 22 refurbishment: New accommodation for the International and Development Portfolio and new multi-purpose venue

Photo: The framework of the new level has been erected and the fabric hoarding is an ideal backdrop to promote RMIT University.

The framework of the new level has been erected and the fabric hoarding is an ideal backdrop to promote RMIT University.


330-334 Swanston Street, City campus

Project Overview

Stage 1: Info Corner and new home for University Marketing

In 2007, extensive works were completed in Building 22. The University now has a “front door” into a program information centre for prospective students. Named ‘Info Corner’, this RMIT service is the first point of contact for future students and is positioned in a busy thoroughfare in the heart of the City campus.

Info Corner is located diagonally opposite one of the heavily trafficked entry/exit points for Melbourne Central. This location readily lends itself to the enhanced marketing of RMIT’s programs by maximising the vantage point of this high-exposure site.

Stage 2: Refurbishment of Levels 3, 4 and addition of a conference and reception centre

Levels 3 and 4 of Building 22 will be completely refurbished and will be the future office spaces for International and Development Portfolio staff.

A new level will also be added to Building 22. The future fifth storey will contain a rooftop atrium space that is designed for seminars, conferences, receptions and special events. This level will also be connected to the facilities on Level 7 in the neighbouring Storey Hall.

This new facility will provide the shortfall in auditorium conference breakout spaces in Storey Hall as well as adding new support facilities at the upper level.


  • Two conference / function rooms with adjoining gallery and foyer space;
  • Outdoor terrace flowing out from the gallery area that overlooks Swanston Street and the city beyond;
  • Additional kitchen and toilet amenities to support the new conference and gallery facilities;
  • Quality office accommodation for International and Development; and
  • Sustainable design features.

Project update

June – July 2010

Construction of the new facility is now complete, as is the refurbished offices of Levels 3 and 4 of Building 22.

January – May 2010

Construction is 80 per cent complete.

September – December 2009

Work on the Singer Building has progressed at a steady pace and the framework of the new level has been erected.

July – August 2009

Construction works are underway.

June 2009

The main contractor – ISIS – has been appointed. Construction work is set to begin within the next month.

April 2009

The appointment of the main contractor is imminent, with construction works to begin soon thereafter.

September 2008

The Schematic Design Report has now been approved and the project has moved into the Design Development stage. Construction is earmarked to begin in early 2009.

May 2008

Design concepts for the additional level are being reviewed for this very visible and strategic location. The revised concepts will be considered by the Campus Development Committee at its next meeting.

Project timeline

Stage 1 of project completion

February 2007

Stage 2 of project begins

June 2009

Stage 2 of project finishes

June 2010



ARM Architects

Project Manager Stage 1

Graeme Martin

Project Manager Stage 2

Michelle Rodrigo and Liz Davies (DCWC)

Manager, Client Relations

Brad Bartlett

Quantity Surveyor

Wilde & Woollard

Services Consultant


Main Contractor Stage 1

APM Group

Main Contractor Stage 2



RMIT green brain makes you think

The Age, Tuesday, 22 December, 2009

The symbolism wasn’t entirely deliberate but with the failure of the Copenhagen talks, it is strangely pertinent.

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