27 April 2012
The Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, will officially open the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new science building on Monday 30 April.
More than 100 guests, including the Speaker elect of the Queensland Parliament Fiona Simpson MP, are expected to attend the ceremony.
The $4.75 million, four-storey building was constructed by Evans Harch Pty Ltd from May to December 2011.
It has provided the University with three interactive tutorial spaces/lecture theatres, meeting rooms and staff offices for the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.
The event will begin with a traditional smoking ceremony and welcome to country led by Lyndon Davis of the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe.
That will be followed by the official opening by the Governor, speeches by University representatives and a morning tea for guests.
The Governor will then inspect the new building and neighbouring facilities used for the teaching of Nursing Science and Civil and Mechanical Engineering.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the building opening was a significant step for the University’s planned growth.
“This building will help support the growth of two of our most successful professional programs – Nursing Science and Engineering,” he said.
“An interesting feature of this building is the incorporation into some of the windows of an artwork that acknowledges our sustainability and regional engagement goals.”
The artwork, Wallum, by Sunshine Coast artists Glen Manning and Kathy Daly, features digiglass panels encapsulating photographic images of endangered local plant species in the 2.4m x 2.4m main window of the building and in several stairwell windows.
Inspiration for the work was drawn from the remnant wallum heath found in the Mooloolah River National Park adjacent the University.
— Terry Walsh