Uni project begins
By Georgia Kelly-Bakker
June 20, 2013, 6:03 p.m.
PLANNING for a new two-storey state-of-the-art building for Mount Gambier’s University of South Australia campus began yesterday.
The project’s architects met with UniSA’s Centre for Regional Engagement director Professor Guy Robinson and the university’s facilities management unit in Mount Gambier to discuss the initial design concepts.
The initial plans, which was released in March, include two lecture theatres, 11 tutorial and teaching rooms, 11 laboratories, a student computer learning space, academic offices and additional car parking.
The $18m combined federal and council-funded building will be constructed on the TAFE SA and UNISA site on Wireless Road West with a five-star green rating.
It will expand the facility from 800 to 3722 square metres.
Prof Robinson said yesterday’s meeting gave the planning team an opportunity to look over the facility.
“It is about giving the key people involved with the project the chance to see the site, because for many of them this is the first time they will have seen it,” he said.
“They are looking at what we’ve got at present and where the new building is going to take place.”
Prof Robinson said he was pleased with the project’s progress, with completion expected in early 2016.
“We have got to adhere to a timetable that has been set by the Federal Government as part of the funding,” he said.
“We have a series of milestones we have to meet - we will knock them off gradually over
the three years.”
With the expansion set to go on TAFE SA-owned land, the university will also work closely with the training provider during the building process.
Meanwhile, architect Hal Guida, from Guida Moseley Brown Architects, said his team would begin designing the building.
“The design work is starting now in conceptual terms, but designs will be emerging in a few months,” Mr Guida said.
“Drawings will me made and shared with the university, debates will take place and we will see a coherent design towards the end of the year.”
Mr Guida will work alongside architects from Russell and Yelland Architects and engineers from BESTEC.
He said his team would explore designs with more flexibility in the spaces and an engagement with the landscape.
The construction, which will start next year, will have the potential to employ local contractors.
Work to start on $12.5m UniSA Mount Gambier campus expansion
TIM WILLIAMS EDUCATION REPORTER
January 12, 2015 6:24PM
THE UniSA Mount Gambier campus will have the capacity to quadruple student numbers to almost 1000 and offer a wider range of courses in a $12.5 million expansion.
Construction of the Learning Centre complex, featuring a skylit, piazza-style student hub and a “civic lecture gallery” suitable for community use, officially begins tomorrow.
The project will improve facilities for nursing, social work and education students, while allowing for new courses that might include health, science, business and humanities degrees.
Contractor BADGE Constructions said the build would create the equivalent of up to 60 full-time jobs over next 12 months, spread among about 500 workers.
University staff numbers are also expected to grow significantly from the current 22.
Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said the development was a boon for the South East, which has been hit by structural changes to the forestry industry in recent years.
Mr Lee said it would encourage more young people to stay in the region, and attract students from neighbouring districts to live in Mount Gambier.
UniSA Vice-Chancellor David Lloyd said the specialist teaching facilities for nursing, midwifery and social work would “promote experiential learning”.
“The patient bedrooms and treatment rooms for nursing and midwifery teaching are modelled on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and Mount Gambier Hospital, so those students will be learning in real world environments that will equip them well for when they enter the workforce,” he said.
Prof Lloyd said the 2500sq m building on Wireless Rd would triple the footprint of the current campus an would be “a great way to celebrate UniSA’s upcoming 25th anniversary” when it opens in February next year.
Students at the university’s James Morrison Academy of Music, set to launch in March in Mt Gambier’s Old Town Hall, will also have access to the Learning Centre.
The centre is part of the $22 million UniSA Regional Connections project, which includes delivery of high speed broadband to the Mount Gambier and Whyalla campuses.
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