Southern Cross University’s (SCU) new 10-storey building, which opened last week next to Coolangatta airport, features revolutionary world-class health and science facilities and a $30,000 solar-power generator, the largest of its kind in Australia.
Whole floors of the new building also have been set up to mimic the exact layout of hospitals, a rehabilitation clinic and birthing quarters, with facilities and equipment to match.
The building also has an innovative rainwater collection system that stores water underneath and distributes it back to other buildings for amenities water.
The second stage of the $50 million SCU’s Gold Coast campus houses teaching and learning spaces and offices for health, tourism, business and education, as well as computer rooms, meeting rooms and a student lounge.
The building, with a gross floor area of 15,417m2, features clinical laboratories for nursing and midwifery, laboratories for occupational therapy students and physiology, anatomy and biomechanics laboratories for pedorthics, podiatry and speech pathology.
It also includes SCU Health Clinic, which will be open to the public, offering a range of health practitioner services, as well as supporting student learning and clinical research.
SCU vice-chancellor Professor Peter Lee said the building was impressive and cemented the university’s position as a leading education provider in the region.
‘With about 2,000 students now at the new campus at Bilinga and a third building at the site in the planning stages, Southern Cross University’s commitment to the Gold Coast is there for everyone to see,’ Professor Lee said.
The new building complements the Foundation Building, which opened in 2010, and includes teaching and learning and office space as well as a library, bookshop and coffee shop.Source: Echonet Daily