Australia's first greenfield campus in 20 years
What’s the best way to build Australia’s first greenfield university campus in more than 20 years? Great minds, great plans and great work; layered with architectural creativity, artistic innovation and environmental sustainability in a subtropical climate. That’s how USC won more than 30 awards for the design and construction of its built environment.
Far from slowing down as it reaches 20 years, construction is speeding up again, with $67 million in new projects fast-tracked in the past two years.
USC's fast-expanding physical and digital environments include approval to clone a campus the size of Sippy Downs in the neighbouring Moreton Bay region. History is about to repeat.
USC in Moreton Bay
USC is developing a new campus in Moreton Bay. It is expected to have more than 10,000 students by 2030.
The power lines fall
See the overhead power lines being demolished in this footage from 1999. This celebrated moment marked the end of a long negotiation involving governments, landowners, developers and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Fly-over USC Sippy Downs pre-development
This aerial footage from 1994 shows the USC campus before construction. A simple sign is the only structure on site.
The USC Sippy Downs campus takes shape
Construction commences. Aerial view of the campus in 1995.
Taking shape. Aerial view of the USC campus in 1997.
Aerial view of the USC campus in 1999.
Aerial view of the USC campus in 2000.
Aerial view of the USC campus in 2006.
Aerial view of the USC campus in 2003.
Celebrating 10 years. Aerial view of the USC campus in 2006, with staff gathered as part of the Power of Ten celebrations.
Aerial view of the USC campus in 2008.
Aerial view of the USC campus in 2012.
Library - the intellectual brain of the campus
The roof was designed like the leaves of a folding book and the free-flowing verandah created a grand entry.
It was a swamp.
... And we had to build a building there?! Everyone was saying, ‘Is this thing really going to work?' Pat Evans and Trevor Harch had their work cut out when they won the tender to build the USC campus.
The battle to remove the power lines
If things had gone wrong , the entire region might have blacked out.