|| Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
In May 2008 Melbourne's RMIT University launched an initiative to redevelop one of its city campus premises, the George Thompson Building, into an Advanced Manufacturing Precinct. The site connects strongly to theneighbouring buildings that contain a diverse set of engineering resources linked to core technology programs run by the University.
The Advanced Manufacturing Precinct forms an integral part of RMIT's network of contemporary design facilities. The project created an opportunity for the University to demonstrate the leading role it could play as an innovative education provider within the context of State and Federal Government plans to strengthen the future of manufacturing in Australia.
Considering the technical operations complexities, variety of education portfolios and the need for further investment to support the project, RMIT commissioned Root Projects Australia to articulate the user’s business needs, detail functional requirements, define the process requirements for cross disciplinary education collaborations, define a concept for the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and ensure the project supported the University's masterplanning precinct characteristics.
The project needs and concept were summarised into a functional brief to support the tendering and procurement of an architect and lead contractor. In parallel to this process Root Projects Australia assisted the University through a capital funding bid submission to the Victorian State Government. In November 2008 the Victorian Government announced $7 million in funding for the development of the precinct, as part of the action plans outlined in its statement on manufacturing and industry, “Building Our Industries for the Future”.