History & Awards

Since the first sod was turned in 2006, the Innovation Campus has helped to advance research in “intelligent” innovative materials with the potential to regenerate damaged human nerves, the development of superconductors that make energy transmission more efficient, new techniques for sustainable building design, maritime law and security, and innovative approaches to health services delivery and policy.

We are a place of knowledge.

We are young but we are determined to stay at the forefront of an ever-changing world.

From football field and migrant hostel to campus

The site can be traced back to the home of the Balgownie Migrant Workers’ Hostel, Fairy Meadow Migrant Hostel and Brandon Park. Brandon Park was the home ground of the Wollongong Wolves FC and in 2001 the park was formally transferred from the Wollongong Sportsground Trust to the University of Wollongong.

Overwhelming support

We have enjoyed strong and ongoing support at all government levels.

At the opening of the Innovation Campus in July 2008, the then UOW Vice-Chancellor Gerard Sutton said:  “The Innovation Campus is opening today because the three arms of government – local, state and national – have been able to work co-operatively. Support from the wider community has been crucial and overwhelming.”

Making a difference

We are a cross junction for national and international companies and researchers to meet and translate products to commercial success nationally and internationally. We have a vibrant ecosystem that encourages business growth and success.

Celebrating 10 years of purpose in action.

Read about our history and our achievements from the last decade as we celebrate 10 years of purpose in action.

Awards

Our awards and accomplishments complement the breadth of our expertise in design, facilities and services. A summary of the most notable achievements include:

2016

  • Emerging Research Park, Association of University Research Parks award

2015

  • Certified Living Building in Australia, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
  • Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture, AIA NSW 2015 – SBRC
  • State Commendation for Education Architecture, AIA NSW 2015 SBRC
  • Finalist, timber Design Awards 2015 – SBRC

2014

  • Winner, Engineering Excellence Awards –Presidents Award, Engineers Australia, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
  • Finalist, Engineering Excellence Awards – Buildings and Structures, Engineers Australia, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
  • Highly Commended, Engineering Excellence Awards – Environment & Heritage, Engineers Australia, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

2013

  • Finalist, Innovation & Excellence Awards, Property Council of Australia
  • Awarded 6 Star Green Star rating, Green Building Council of Australia
  • Winner, Masters Builders Australia (MBA) Excellence in Construction Awards (2013), Telstra Environment and Energy Efficiency Building Award, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
  • Commendation, Educational Architecture, Sustainable Research Buildings Centre (SBRC)

2012

  • Winner, NSW Professional Excellence in Building Awards, AIIM Processing and Devices, Research, Development and Technology category
  • Winner, Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence in Building Awards, AIIM Processing and Devices, Research, Development and Technology category
  • Winner, NSW Professional Excellence in Building Awards, Certificate of High Commendation, Enterprise 1

2011

  • Winner, Property Council of Australia Innovative Excellence Awards –Best Business & Industrial Park Development
  • Australian Timber Design Awards, People’s Choice Award, AIIM Processing and Devices

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