Educational design, traditionally a very staid and traditional area, is facing new challenges as colleges and universities embrace the radical shift in thinking and learning styles of the digital generation.
In Queensland, the Griffith University Gold Coast campus has seen significant growth and development with the opening of the $150 million Griffith Health Centre in 2013 and the launch of the $38 million Griffith Business School building in 2014. The complex houses 18,000 students and boasts a range of state-of -the-art facilities.
Premis was engaged in a construction management capacity, to deliver the Bookshop and Health Food Store at the Griffith Business School campus, as part of the Stage 1 development of the retail precinct.
The project included all works to the site as it was an open concrete slab apron forming a perimeter of one of the campus teaching buildings.
Following the building works, the interior was then completed.
The bookshop is an open area with an industrial feel with custom built, flexible, moveable shelves. The Health Food Store sells only healthy produce and fits in well with the unique, modern village atmosphere.
“This was a collaborative project from the start and it really helped that we were engaged early in the process – Tim Awyzio, Project Director”.
Premis subsequently worked on the stage 2 development of the retail precinct within the Griffith University campus, which they delivered using the same methodology, working under a construction management contract, but with a different design team and architect.
This project was a slab to slab shell adjoining the dental school. The full size commercial kitchen in the restaurant features dining and function facilities with multiple bi-folding wall systems. It is perfect for catering for student dining areas, the eat-in café with indoor/outdoor seating, as well as providing dining facilities, function and conference facilities for the university hospital.