3 August 2014
Queensland Senator James McGrath will officially open the University of the Sunshine Coast’s newest building, its impressive Learning and Teaching Hub, at 10am on Monday 4 August.
The three-storey building is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government’s Structural Adjustment Fund, TAFE Queensland East Coast and USC.
It is ushering in a new era of simulation learning, greater community engagement and stronger links between the University and TAFE, particularly in nursing education.
The building contains premises for USC’s Student Life and Learning, Tertiary Preparation Pathway, Buranga Centre, Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT) and TAFE’s nursing programs.
It has a lecture theatre and tutorial rooms that are state of the art, and there are innovative spaces for students to study and relax.
The building is equipped with cutting-edge simulation technology that is ideal for many disciplines and is expected to be used widely by USC’s students, researchers, partners and the community.
Nursing students from both USC and TAFE will benefit greatly from the fully equipped nursing wards, complete with high-tech manikins that display symptoms and respond to treatments.
The building was designed by architects from multi-disciplinary studio HASSELL and built by BADGE Constructions Projects (previously Evans Harch Badge), which last month won a Queensland Master Builders Sunshine Coast award for this project.
HASSELL Senior Associate Lucy O'Driscoll said the building was designed to take advantage of the coastal location, with environments delivered for students and staff to encourage interaction and knowledge sharing.
“These spaces include a centralised, naturally ventilated area and range from self-directed informal learning environments to a cantilevered deck enabling social learning opportunities,” she said.
“It was a collaborative process, with HASSELL engaging staff and students to direct the design and delivered environments.”
BADGE Sunshine Coast manager Andrew Lanskey said his company was particularly proud of this building, describing it as “very high-end design”.
“The workmanship in the timber balustrading and timber finishes around the the main central hub area are standouts in terms of look and finish,” he said. “There are a lot of different finishes involved – a lot of glass, timber and steel.”
Mr Lanskey said the building would enhance USC’s strong reputation for having high-level architectural finishes to its buildings.
— Terry Walsh