The University of Melbourne began construction in October of 2018 on Melbourne Connect, a AUD$425 million innovation precinct. Created in partnership with a development consortium steered by Lendlease, the 800,000-sf project will include a fabrication lab, student accommodation, commercial offices, a co-working center, retail amenities, and space for Science Gallery Melbourne. Designed by Woods Bagot, the mixed-use complex will comprise five buildings connected by a 35,000-sf superfloor and a central public outdoor garden. Melbourne Connect will host hackathons, workshops, and pitch nights to enable students to collaborate with industry and government partners. The project is located on the site of the former Royal Women's Hospital and will feature structural elements composed of cross-laminated timber. Occupancy is expected in late 2020.