Student on-campus space revolution
The University of Adelaide's revolutionary new three-level $42 million learning hub for students was officially opened last month by the Federal Tertiary Education Minister, Senator the Hon. Chris Evans.
Situated in the heart of the University's North Terrace Campus, `Hub Central' brings together learning and social spaces with student information services - creating a new meeting place and a "first port of call" for all students.
It blends these facilities with food and service retail outlets, merges seamlessly with the Barr Smith Library and provides new connections through to lecture theatres and across campus.
Creating Hub Central involved students and staff working together with more than 9000 hours of student involvement in both the design and overall function of the space.
"We want to provide the best on-campus experience for students in Australia," said Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Mr Paul Duldig. "That means meeting the requirements of students today - and that's vastly different from campus life 20 years ago or even five years ago.
"Students want flexible areas for informal learning and group study, areas for social interaction, access at all hours to the latest technology and resources, and easy access to both face-to-face and online services and support. They want informality, a place where they can heat their leftovers, just hang out or catch up with friends both here and globally via Skype.
"We've provided what our students told us they wanted, but we've also built in flexibility so that this space can evolve with the requirements of future generations of students.
"Campus life is more than just getting a degree. Hub Central will be the natural focus for the University's student communal life."
Senator Evans said the facility would transform the on-campus experience for students.
"These facilities will help build university, community and social networks within the University of Adelaide, providing a university experience for students that goes beyond their studies," he said.
Joining guests at the opening were northern suburbs children from The Smith Family, representing the future generations of students. They were presented with commemoration certificates.
Hub Central covers 10,500sqm over three levels. Facilities include: 11 project rooms, 11 project booths, student lounges with moveable furniture, two information service areas, a student kitchen, two Skype booths and a news bench, two training rooms, over 200 new computers, total wireless connectivity, print stations, lockers, the Maths Learning Centre, the Writing Centre and food outlets. A convenience store and post office will soon open.
Hub Central has been built with the support of the Federal Government's Better Universities Renewal Funding ($15.5 million) and the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund ($1.5m).
The design was by architect firm HASSELL and the construction by Baulderstone.
Story by Robyn Mills