This project has redeveloped the MacFarland Building as an integrated academic hub to support the College's undergraduates, graduate and non-resident communities in their learning and studies. By integrating academic, library and IT functions, the Academic Centre provides the flexible, collaborative and IT-enabled working spaces that today's students need to succeed in their university studies. This key project is central to our One College, Five Communities strategic direction.
The building’s many innovative features ensure that the building will cater for the needs of future generations of Ormond students. Features include:
- a magnificent domed reading room on the upper level, housing the MacFarland library collection of more than 17,000 books, CDs, videos and periodicals
- tutorial learning spaces with integrated smart board technology to draw digital content quickly and easily into the flow of classes
- learning ‘pods’ where students can easily collaborate on group or syndicate work
- complete wireless internet connectivity throughout the building
- a spacious performance space in the foyer, suitable for poetry readings, lectures, small music performances etc.
- a pantry space for students to relax during study breaks
- an IT service centre
- offices for key Learning & Community Office staff.
- document services area (i.e. scanning, copying, printing, binding)
In recognition of the quality of the spaces created, the Ormond Academic Centre received three 2012 Victorian Architecture Awards in the categories of Interior, Heritage and Alterations to Public Architecture.
An article about the Ormond Academic Centre appeared in The Age newspaper on 1 February 2013 - College's triumph of light and space.
The $5m Academic Centre project was funded entirely by community philanthropy, through major gifts, bequests and Annual Giving. We thank all members of the community for their support.