About the capital works program

The Casey Plaza Conference Centre.

The Casey Plaza Conference Centre (aka the Green Brain) is one of three major construction projects that have been built in the Swanston Precinct on the RMIT City campus. The facility is located at 330-334 Swanston Street and opened in July 2010.

The Swanston Academic Building.

The Swanston Academic Building (SAB) is RMIT University’s largest construction project to date. The 35,000 sqm building will house the College of Business and has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. SAB is located at 427-433 Swanston Street and opened on Monday, 16thJuly 2012, six months ahead of schedule.

The Design Hub.

The Design Hub will provide facilities, accommodation and a collegial research base for RMIT’s diverse range of design initiatives, design research groups and postgraduate design programs. The Design Hub is located at 515-537 Swanston Street and opens in September, 2012.

RMIT University has embarked upon a $600 million capital works program, which will be rolled out over a five-year period. This investment represents the largest expenditure on capital works in RMIT’s 125-year history.

Property Services is solely responsible for the management and implementation of all capital works projects on all RMIT campuses, regardless of value.


Please note that Portfolios, Colleges, Schools, Groups and RMIT companies are not permitted to arrange for any capital works or any other work that falls within Property Services’ sphere of activities, except via Property Services.

Major Projects

One of RMIT’s key objectives is to continuously improve upon its suite of learning, teaching and research spaces so that students and staff can enjoy world-class, state-of-the-art facilities that are engaging, sustainable and safe.

The capital works program is made up of major construction and refurbishment projects that are over $1 million in value. The duration of these projects often spans more than one year.

Major projects are first identified in the Property Services Infrastructure Plan – a set of planning principles and campus plans to guide the future development of each of the University’s campuses, including Vietnam.

Consequently, the major project request goes through a detailed briefing/feasibility phase to determine the proposed project’s alignment with the University’s strategic goals, as set out in the RMIT 2015 Strategic Plan – the University’s five-year-plan of key objectives.

The project is then considered for funding and inclusion in the annual Capital Development Program, a document that details the approved suite of capital projects to be funded over the next five years and the funding approved for expenditure in the current year.

The capital works program will:

  • Roll out major, state-of-the-art learning, teaching and research facilities across the City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses
  • Consolidate Schools within the same Academic College across clusters of closely grouped buildings
  • Provide new staff accommodation, designed to enhance collegial discourse and cross-disciplinary engagement
  • Provide facilities that enhance staff and student connectivity and interdisciplinary interaction
  • Employ environmentally sustainable design practices for new and refurbished buildings
  • Upgrade and expand current student services including the Library and retail outlets
  • Develop outdoor recreation spaces, including sporting facilities and student and staff lawns
  • Introduce two architecturally innovative buildings to the City campus – the Swanston Academic Building and the Design Hub

Annual Works

Annual works – aka minor works – are projects requested by stakeholders that are valued between $5,000 and less than $1 million. Annual works incorporate the following categories:

  • Maintenance work – for both the Higher Education and VET sectors
  • Project feasibility studies
  • Teaching space upgrade program
  • Sustainability projects
  • Public artwork

As part of the budget process, Property Services seeks annual works submissions from Portfolios and Colleges. Annual Works submissions must be submitted via the Property Services’ Project Request System.