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New Law building takes shape

Now only a year from its scheduled debut, Deakin Law School’s new home is rapidly approaching completion.

The  ‘Topping Off’ ceremony for Building LC was held on Wednesday 24 July. ‘Topping off’ celebrates the last roof beam (or concrete slab in this case) being put in place on a new building.

In ancient Scandinavia a fir tree was placed on the roof, so the ceremony on the roof of LC included a big pine tree in a pot. The greenery was believed to appease the tree-dwelling spirits who had been displaced, and to give a blessing for the new building and its future inhabitants. To complete the occasion, there were ceremonial shovels, Deakin banners, and speeches acknowledging everyone who’s contributed to the project. 

With the topping off ceremony, the building has now reached its full eight story height with the roof now being waterproofed. Works like painting, framing and mechanical services rough-ins are progressing internally on levels 1-6, as is construction on the premium learning space structure and the outdoor plaza area.

The new building will create a law and business precinct, providing convenience and a more tangible community for students and staff alike. Dedicated Law facilities such as moot courts will complement the building’s shared learning and study spaces.

Compare progress against the architect’s rendering below.

Below: The view from the footbridge 

Below: The premium learning space, looking towards Elgar Rd.


Below: The view across Gardiner's Creek towards the highway.

If you’re on campus at Burwood, take a look, you can't miss it!

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