The days are short and the sun is weak, the nights are long and cold but in the depths of winter, when we know there is another month of this stretching ahead of us, deep in the earth there are signs that life is springing forth.
Across North Terrace the ground is breaking open and the Health Innovation Building is coming to life. The basement has been dug and the utilities laid. Soon you will see a piling rig towering over the giant billboard that the other university is building that will drive the concrete piles to support the building. Within two months trucks and concrete and pumps and people will swarm the site as they prepare to lay the foundations.
The $230 million building will be home to the Centre for Cancer Biology where breakthrough discoveries are being made in the fundamental causes of cancer. It will also house Australia’s newest and South Australia’s only interactive public science and creativity space, SciCEd and the ICT Innovation and Collaboration Centre where UniSA and Hewlett Packard will engage and collaborate with business and industry to explore new ideas for ICT business and products.
Check out the fly through.
Meanwhile, over on Waymouth Street, the fit-out of the new child care centre is under construction and, as soon as we can move the children into their new headquarters, work will begin on the Great Hall next to the Jeffrey Smart building. Planning approval is due this month and demolition of the old site will begin in October.
The Great Hall will be the spiritual heart of the university, the place for all of our important moments from graduations to functions, from alumni gatherings to sports meets. And, don’t forget, you can put your own brand right on it.
Have you thought up your three words yet? Remember you can add your name and three words that mean something to you to the Great Hall. You can choose to have them etched onto the blades of the chandelier or carved on the inverted pyramid, both of which will be part of the impressive foyer of the Great Hall. Alternatively your name and three words can be etched onto the edge of the pool.
Have a closer look.
Concepts for the new 300-bed student accommodation block across the road from the Great Hall are being drawn up, and a new 24-hour student lounge with a self-service food area, a media lounge with TV, newspapers and magazines, mobile charging facilities and student lockers will be open by Open Day, Sunday 16 August.
And our new Mount Gambier building is scheduled to open in early 2016. It will have specialist teaching facilities for health and social work students and will give us space for up to four times as many students and open up opportunities for more UniSA programs to be offered.
So bring on spring and summer. Who knows what we can accomplish when we’re not constricted by so many layers of clothing.
Professor David Lloyd
Vice Chancellor and President