SCU outgrowing Tweed premises
SOUTHERN Cross University is planning an $8 million expansion to cope with massive national and international demand at its Tweed Heads campus. The university plans to build a second three-storey building to hold office space and classes atop a mound in what currently is their student carpark.
SCU Tweed Heads campus manager and associate dean Bryan Rothwell said late last month university officials submitted their plans to the Federal Government in a bid to attract project funding of $5 million.
He said they hope to have the building up by 2006.
"The university has been given a number of new student places and apart from that we have, via our success, outgrown the current building," he said. "In reality this is not surprising because you have a region that has been so underserviced in a higher- education capacity and people wish to use us."
Mr Rothwell said they had outgrown their current building, which they estimated would last for five years, in only two and a half years.
"The new one will take us in real terms for two or three years. In another 10 years this place is going to blow out as a major academic cam- pus, a precinct," he said.
"This plan is three storeys and all we can build, but we have designed it so another three extra storeys can go on in the future."
He said the plans to build on a mound in the carpark will not result in the loss of any parking, rather the second storey of the development will jut out over the parks.
The building will total 3000 square metres and contain technical space, specialist teaching space and possibly wireless electronic services.
Mr Rothwell warned the actual elements would probably change as they start to do tradeoffs.