25 July 2014
The University of the Sunshine Coast’s newest building, its three-storey Learning and Teaching Hub that opened in February this year, is already an award winner.
This impressive structure was built by Evans Harch Badge (now trading as BADGE) and snared a prestigious Queensland Master Builders Association (QMBA) award last weekend.
It topped the category for ‘Health and Education Facilities between $5 million and $20 million’ at QMBA’s 2014 Sunshine Coast Housing and Construction Awards and was one of three finalists for the ‘Project of the Year’ award, a prize that went to Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.
The USC Learning and Teaching Hub was designed by HASSELL architects and includes state-of-the-art simulation learning facilities, interactive teaching spaces and innovative spaces for students to study and unwind.
The building is to be officially opened by Senator James McGrath on Monday 4 August.
BADGE Sunshine Coast manager Andrew Lanskey said his company was particularly proud of this building, describing it as “very high-end design”.
“It’s quite an impressive building in its design and finish,” he said. “Lots of different elements were used in the construction of the building.
“The workmanship in the timber balustrading and timber finishes around the the main central hub area are standouts in terms of look and finish. There are a lot of different finishes involved – a lot of glass, timber and steel – and that had to be co-ordinated quite carefully.”
Mr Lanskey said he was confident the new building would enhance USC’s strong reputation for having high-level architectural finishes of its buildings. “It ticks all the boxes in terms of what you’d like to be delivered for a client,” he said. “It has a high-quality finish, it was finished on time and the client is very happy with it.
“We have built many of the buildings on campus for USC and we are very proud to continue this very strong relationship with the University stretching for over 15 years.”
USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann said the University was delighted with the Learning and Teaching Hub – a joint initiative of the Australian Government’s Structural Adjustment Fund, Sunshine Coast TAFE and USC.
“I’d like to congratulate BADGE on the excellent outcome of this building project,” she said. “We’re very happy with how it has turned out.
“We are strong supporters of architectural and design excellence and we put a lot of effort into getting the right look for buildings that match our campus master plan.
“We want to have a campus where students will want to spend a lot of time here. That engagement is important and enhances student success.
“As we build additional buildings on campus, the focus will remain on providing student-focused, technology-rich and welcoming spaces.”
The QMBA website features the building at: www.masterbuilders.asn.au/housing-and-construction-awards/winners/winners/sunshine-coast/construction-awards/health-and-education-facilities-$5-million-$20-million
— Terry Walsh