In 2012, JCU was successful in its application for a $47 million investment by the Federal Government for a new large science precinct named, “The Science Place” based on the university’s Townsville campus. This funding injection is being delivered to North Queensland as part of the Government's Regional Priorities Round of Education Investment fund (EIF). JCU is contributing $36 million, including ‘in kind’ contributions, for a total project value of $83 million.
The Science Place will house all teaching, research education, and research activity currently being conducted in the Molecular Sciences and Chemistry building (Building 21) and Marine and Tropical Biology building (Building 28), as well as projected growth of students and staff over the decade from 2016.
The Science Place will draw all science teaching together to achieve greater retention in programs that traditionally have high attrition rates, through cohort management and other student support strategies.
The Science Place will comprise of approximately 12,000 sqm of new purpose built education and research education space located over multiple storeys, in the heart of JCU’s Townsville Campus. The development will replace 9100 sqm of functionally obsolete and substandard buildings that will be demolished as part of the development scope with buildings 21 and 22 already demolished.
The facilities will be integrated and designed for contemporary pedagogical delivery and managed to optimise space efficiency. Optimal cohort sizing and timetabling underpin the design in that regard.
The Science Place facilities will comprise of:
teaching spaces with sophisticated audio-visual and videoconferencing facilities to allow remote teaching and outreach
an outreach centre with stimulating and interactive displays to promote engagement with high schools and the community
next-generation and collaborative lecture theatres
high capacity computer labs and Technology Enabled Active Learning spaces
flexibly configured spaces for small-group interactive teaching
contemporary (flexible and generic) teaching laboratories with visualisation capabilities linked to teaching equipment (e.g. microscopes) to display resources in limited supply (e.g. living material) with associated preparation areas and technical workspace
research labs specifically designed to facilitate and enhance research education
a student interaction area and peer-to-peer learning spaces, linked to vibrant food outlets
space efficient offices for academic, technical and administrative staff
facilities for CSIRO Education NQ
Energy-efficient design appropriate to the tropical environment and built to contemporary standards.
175 seat collaborative lecture theatre
2 (x150 seat) super labs for teaching
3 retail food outlets
For more information please visit The Science Place webpage.