Beachside campus on way up
WITH a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Professor Paul Clark can expect a rush of staff for beachside offices.
The Southern Cross University vice-chancellor yesterday took a tour of the new Gold Coast Beachside campus, being built just 400 metres from beaches near the Gold Coast Airport.
Construction this week passed a milestone, with the completion of the 32-metre-long roof, paving the way for work to begin on the interior of the building.
Professor Clark said the new campus will also support the local economy when it opens in February next year.
“Our aim is to provide not only new educational opportunities for students, but to contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of this region,” Professor Clark said.
“We've developed strong links with the Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE and the Gold Coast Sport Business Taskforce as well as a range of other local community organisations and businesses.
“The construction of the new building itself has already had a significant impact locally, and as the interior fit-out gets under way it is expected up to 65 people will be working on the site each day.”
The Beachside campus will offer business, convention and event management, international tourism management and law and paralegal studies as well as complimenting the Tweed Heads campuses - Lakeside in Caloola Drive and Riverside in Brett Street.
Professor Clark said up to 1000 students will be studying on the three campuses next year before rising to several thousand in the years to come.
“We're also expecting it to be a strong drawcard for international tourists,” he said.
The first level of the new campus will be the one-stop student hub.
It will be manned by specially trained staff and will include self-help computer stations, large plasma screens for information updates and separate booths for individual student consultation.
It will also be home to the student lounge, a bookshop and a coffee shop.
A giant acrylic pendant light programmed to gently change colours will be featured in the atrium area.
Different zones of the building will feature one predominant colour out of yellow, green, red and orange to assist with directions.
The top floor will be the campus library and staff offices.
Professor Clark said the campus is designed to provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists and is situated on a transport corridor with access to public bus routes.