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USC Moreton Bay's expansion plans

Posted: 2pm 02 Dec 2021

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has plans to expand its Moreton Bay campus next year to provide more room for teaching, research, sporting activity and socialising.

USC recently lodged a development application with Moreton Bay Regional Council to construct three new buildings on the site, near the Petrie railway station, during 2022 to open in early 2023.

The buildings will be located opposite the campus’ large foundation building, adding a further 12,500sqm to the existing floor space of 16,000sqm.

The sporting facilities will include a full-sized sports court to be used for basketball, netball and volleyball, and a gymnasium. There will also be laboratories for sport science and nutrition.

The proposed development has been designed by architectural practice KIRK to include teaching and research spaces, administration offices, a carpark and sports facilities. The expected cost has not yet been revealed.

USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Helen Bartlett says the expansion of USC Moreton Bay would be an exciting time for the university and the region.

“The campus expansion is another step towards creating a thriving innovation ecosystem at The Mill at Moreton Bay in partnership with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and industry,” Professor Bartlett says.

“These buildings will significantly increase the space available for our teaching and research, as well as provide our students with sporting facilities and more areas for them to study, collaborate and socialise.

“The development will help accommodate the growing student population at USC Moreton Bay, which has exceeded expectations during the campus’ first two years. The strong demand for university education in the region is clearly evident.

“Our main focus is to provide high quality face-to-face, interactive teaching at USC Moreton Bay and this campus expansion will help us enhance our students’ experience of attending university.”

See the concept drawings

Image credit: KIRK

Broader vision

KIRK’s Director Richard Kirk says the buildings will incorporate significant environmental features and add to the sense of place of the university campus.

Mr Kirk says the project includes the full masterplanning of the campus, which has proposed a rich verdant landscape within a series of natural courtyards at the campus heart.

“Most of the proposed building structure will be built from prefabricated engineered timber, providing a fast construction process and sustainable building solution,” he says.

“Other environmental features will include areas of mixed-mode ventilation and high-performance facade designed with the aid of advanced digital tools.”

USC’s Moreton Bay campus opened early last year, with a foundation building that contains a 460-seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art learning technology, nursing simulation labs, engineering labs, a ‘makerspace’ and library facilities.

There are more than 60 undergraduate degrees on offer, across a wide range of disciplines including Business, Education, Health, Science, Technology, Engineering, Biomedical Science and Social Work.

With its student population expected to reach 10,000 students by 2030, the campus will become landmark infrastructure for The Mill at Moreton Bay, which the Council has planned as a sustainable, mixed-use community for residents, students, businesses and industries, and visitors.

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