WECC works kicks off

Posted 30 Jan 2017
Artist's impressions of the new Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC)

The Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC) Upgrade and Expansion project officially kicked off over the Christmas break with targeted refurbishments on level 2 of Westmead Hospital.

The redesign and refurbishment of the WECC is a key project of the partnership between the University of Sydney, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) at Westmead.

The next stage of works will see the old staff cafeteria on level 1 transformed into contemporary, flexible shared learning spaces for staff and students as well as a new eating area for staff.

Late last year we touched on the role Information Technology would play in supporting and enabling current and future teaching and education practices within the WECC. Technology will play a key role in the design of the new areas and their functionality.

High definition technology such as the document camera pictured will be utilised to provide an innovative upgrade to the overhead projectors of old. An object can be placed on the designated viewing table and the image is able to be projected onto multiple screens in the learning space.

The key objectives for IT systems within the WECC are functionality, reliability and flexibility. These systems will be designed with the capacity to support a range of different activities and collaboration.

“It’s important that the IT systems reflect the environment we are creating,” University of Sydney project manager George Khouri said. “Staff and students need to feel confident they can find a suitable spot to work with their peers on projects in bookable private rooms, or hold impromptu discussions and exchange ideas in the informal spaces, and that the IT support systems will aid the ability to do this simply and easily.”

The WECC project represents the first major partnership project between the University of Sydney, WSLHD and SCHN as part of the vision for a heightened level of collaboration between each organisation. It follows the successful delivery in 2016 of the clinical simulation laboratory to support nursing education, and the creation of a Westmead-based cohort for the Masters of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program. The University has committed to invest over $60 million to support education, training and research infrastructure and strategies at the Westmead precinct. This investment is the first instalment of the University of Sydney’s commitment to invest $500m into Westmead for infrastructure and programs over the next 15 years.

The next phase of the WECC Upgrade and Expansion project will commence in February. Keep an eye out for more information to come about as we move closer toward the start of works on the new level 1 WECC areas.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask the Westmead Redevelopment team about the WECC project, contact us on 1800 990 296, or email us.

Related information

View more artist's impressions of the WECC in the Project Update 96 (aka Westmead Update) published 30.01.17.

Read more about the University of Sydney partnership.