The University of Canberra has a vision to create comfortable, attractive, safe and technology-enabled spaces and residences to foster an enriched environment for living and learning. We will continue to invest in new and refurbished infrastructure that fosters high-quality, collaborative and enriched educational and research experiences.
We are also working hard to transform the physical and functional environment of UC's Canberra campus into a unique campus that serves as a connected hub for our worldwide activities supported through our Campus Development program and our vision for The Educated Life.
Find out more about our recently completed projects below.
Upgrades to Student Spaces above the UC Refectory have been funded through the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
The existing small study spaces above the Refectory will be updated with new furniture that offer a variety of different study styles, including height adjustable desks, fixed desks, small group spaces, study pods, bean bags and other comfortable and relaxed furniture. The AV systems will also be refreshed to provide modern facilities including a digitally connected study space.
Additional works have been completed that provide a consistent look and feel to the space through modern UC branding presence and digital display screens.
A new Biomedical Research Laboratory for the Faculty of Science and Technology in Building 3, Level D has been completed and provides a modern integrated facility that will enable high quality research, refreshed staff accommodation and improved facilities to engage with industry and the professions.
The laboratory has attained PC2 certification and operates in isolation from the rest of Building 3, providing additional utility and electrical security to active research projects.
Construction Progress as of 14 June
Refurbishment works have been completed on Building 6, Level C. The new space supports the University's edgy design focus with the use of a bright, colour blocking palette, integrated with more muted tones that amplifies the building's classic 1970's exterior. The refurbishment has increased single office and open offices spaces and improved natural light dispersion through the level.
Construction to deliver new workshop laboratories and studio spaces in Building 7 for students in the Faculty of Arts & Design is now complete. The design purposefully projects creativity and innovation through the use of careful materiality choices that are authentic to the buildings' original industrial form. The authentic design holds hidden clues to the history of Building 7 with exposed sections that intentionally allow a user to see through the buildings structural elements. The new spaces include updated studios that support discrete and modern technologies and state-of-the-art laboratory spaces including a Digital Fabrication Lab and Laser Cutting Lab.
A multi-year refurbishment program has been completed for Building 11. The materials chosen for the building provide a clean, contemporary aesthetic and an enhanced biophilic response for users through the use of woodgrains and earthy tones. The refurbishment has improved natural light dispersion to support additional break-out nooks for students and staff. The refurbishment has allowed the relocation of the Faculty of Business, Government & Law by provisioning upgrades to existing offices and new open offices and staff facilities.
Following an initial announcement in 2016, the University has finalised its agreement with Integrated Clinical Oncology Network (ICON) and Queensland-based Cornerstone Building Developments (CBD) to develop an Integrated Cancer Care Facility on campus.
ICON Integrated Cancer Centres bring together medical oncology, haematology, radiation oncology and pharmacy to deliver a true end-to-end service for patients. Integrated centres deliver all aspects of a patient’s cancer treatment at the one site, from diagnosis to making a patient’s chemotherapy, providing onsite pharmacy support and giving treatment for radiation and/or chemotherapy.
The Radiation Oncology Centre will increase the availability of radiation and medical oncology services in the ACT and surrounding region, while also providing significant training and research opportunities for some of the University's staff and students.
The facility will enable students to undertake clinical placements in a range of disciplines, including nursing, diagnostic pathology, and pharmacy degrees.
Academic staff and research students will be able to collaborate on service provision and undertake research activities across different areas, including medical oncology, radiation oncology and chemotherapy.
The three-level building was constructed and is owned by CBD and will include two levels for ICON’s operations, Qscan Radiology Clinics and specialty suites. The University is also a tenant through an extension of the UC Health Clinics (also operating in the Health Hub, Building 28). However, the student-led services in this space will focus on providing complementary allied health care with a focus on during and post cancer treatment phases. In addition the University's researchers will engage with Icon and others in this space to undertake specialised research.
Construction Progress as of November 2018
Construction on the extension to Car Park 4 (known as the Car Park 4a Extension) has been completed. The expanded car park is located off the roundabout at the Hayden Drive entry to the campus, near the Sporting Commons. The works have provided an additional 210 car parking spaces, new lighting and additional security cameras.
Construction on an expansion of Car Park 28 is now complete. The expansion provides an additional 193 parking spaces and also improved the entry issues currently impacting Car Park 28. The design includes longer off-street queuing and an additional boomgate entry into the car park, to reducing the impact of queuing on Allawoona St during peak times. The exit will be relocated further south of Allawoona St to improve safety on exiting the car park with two clear left and right exit lanes.
Construction is due to complete in December and be available to use early January 2019.
A new five (5) umbrella canopy shade structure has been installed at the ground level of Cooper Lodge across the Double K and Oscar's Bakery premises. Funding for this structure has been provided through the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
In addition to providing much needed summer shade to the outdoor eating areas, the new shade structure will improve all-weather access and formalise the outdoor tenant spaces. This versatile structure has the capacity to withstand wind speeds of up to 120km/h and will provide added protection from cross-winds and rain. The shade structure installation brings long-terms benefits of establishing a safe, secure and pleasant urban environment to campus.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) has funding a series of updates and installations across the campus, focusing on the concourse, to provide small hubs of activity and colour that link and connect movement across the campus, while also providing outdoor spaces for students to relax and connect. These works included:
- 4 new seating stands for Oval 1;
- 4 large outdoor table tennis tables, which allow for artwork and activations;
- New outdoor seating such as bean bags, hammocks, deck chairs and fixed ottomans;
- Campus pop-up facility, providing a space for UCU and Student Clubs to run events; and
- Concourse signage.
Building 28 Health Hub - Earthing Upgrade with Arrow FM
The University of Canberra's Health Hub (Building 28) was completed in 2014. The Health Hub accommodates private health providers operating commercial public practices, as well as UC-operated student-led allied health clinic services.
Due to the growth of services and clients visiting the facility, a new building annex was required to be constructed, providing a new staircase and lift service.
Campus Estate approached Indigenous-owned business Arrow Facilities Management (FM) to undertake replacement of the earthing cables, utilising a much greater capacity than the existing cables. The works were completed in time to facilitate the opening of the new Annex.
Deputy Director of Project Delivery, Geoff Murray, said he was strongly impressed by the quality of Arrow FM’s work. “Although we had not used Arrow FM before, we were impressed with the technical quality of the work, and the ‘can-do’ attitude displayed by their staff... We will certainly look for other opportunities to engage them”. Arrow FM have subsequently been engaged to undertake an Electrical Upgrade to the University's Refectory Kitchen.
UC’s Reconciliation Action Plan commits UC to increase its procurement of Goods and Services from Indigenous owned companies, and the success of Arrow FM is a good indication of the value to be found from doing so.
Several upgrades to the Library occurred over the summer period funded through the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
The upgrades include the installation of a kitchenette on Level B for accessing filtered hot and cold water and microwaves, an expanded silent study space offering over 100 new individual study spaces and new collaborative spaces for group study.
The new furniture includes:
- New study booths and pods
- New collaborative furniture
- Updated service counter and library self-check machines
- New Ask Advisor booths that double as study pods
- Mobile phone charging stations
What is Liftango?
Liftango is a new ridesharing app available exclusively for students and staff members at the University of Canberra. The Liftango app aims to match riders (passengers) with drivers to make ridesharing easy and rewarding. The app supports you throughout the entire pick-up and drop-off process and gives you the flexibility to rideshare on the days and times that best suit you.
Why is the University of Canberra rolling out a Ridesharing app service?
Based on travel and parking surveys, we know that many students and staff members are interested in ridesharing. Ridesharing has been identified by the University of Canberra as one of a few ways we can reduce private vehicle trips to our busy sites and promote more sustainable transport. This initiative aims to address that by reducing the number of cars coming to our sites, reducing the demand for parking spaces.
Why should I Rideshare using Liftango?
Ridesharing could save you money and time, reduce stress associated with finding a car park and help you meet other students and staff. Ridesharing is good for the whole community; reducing traffic congestion, improving road safety, improving air quality, improving public amenity and reducing impacts of climate change. For ridesharing, the University of Canberra and Liftango believe that you should also be rewarded, so exclusive parking spaces are provided at the campus. Further to that, drivers and riders, may be eligible to receive fuel/grocery vouchers from time to time.
How much does using the Liftango Ridesharing app cost?
The Liftango app is free to download and free to use
How do I use the Liftango Ridesharing app?
- Download the app from the Apple or Google Play store
- Create your account using your university email address
- Load your trip details from/to the campus, any weekday between 6 am and 10 pm
- Accept the match provided by the App
- The app will guide drivers to their rider pick-up location and notifies riders when their driver is approaching
It is that simple! You have now joined the Rideshare Revolution.
Where can I get more info?
The Campus Lighting Upgrade works are undertaken in a number of campus locations through dedicated projects or integrated with other Campus Estate projects. The upgraded campus lighting will create a more aesthetic, user friendly and safe environment for all staff and students living, working and studying at the University of Canberra.
Being the latest in LED technology the new campus lighting will contribute to UC's endeavors to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Additional security cameras have also been installed and are monitored through our 24hr Security Control Room as part of the project to provide enhanced safety for campus users.
The newly refurbished Medical & Counselling Centre (Building 1, Level B) is now open. The refurbishment project was funded in two stages, both by the Student Services and Amenities Fee.
The refurbishment aims to provide upgraded and additional facilities for students, staff and the broader Canberra community, including a larger waiting area, new treatment and procedure rooms, improved disability access and additional specialist consulting rooms.
The new entrance to the Centre is a few metres up from the previous entrance at the southern end of Buidling1, Level B, near the Inclusion and Engagement office.
The new Optometry Laboratory in Building 28 (Health Hub) has officially opened with teaching in the new spaces commenced.
The new Optometry Teaching Lab features a large, multi-function tutorial room with state-of-the-art teaching and simulation equipment. The new laboratory features 16 'chair, stand and chart units' allowing mock optometry practice for simulation, examination and clinical research along with a Special Instruments Room.
New clinical/consulting rooms and an associated reception have also been developed as part of the broader vision that provides students studying the new Bachelor of Vision Science or Master of Optometry the opportunity to undertake practical, clinical experience on the UC campus as part of their course. Student-led low-vision clinics operating from these new spaces will provide additional services to the community via the Faculty of Health Clinics. This development continues UC's vision to provide an exceptional and authentic student experience, as well as supporting improved health care for residents in the local and regional community.
The furniture throughout the UC Refectory eating space has undergone a refresh, with the exisiting tables and chairs replaced with newer and more flexible options. This will provide better support to individuals and to larger groups using the space.
Furniture upgrades for the UC Refectory have been funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
In addition, to the SSAF-funded upgrades, maintenance works will also be undertaken throughout the space to refresh and protect the columns and provide additional power points and lighting to assist in major events.
Upgrades to the Student Centre (Building 1, Level B) are now complete. Funding for the works have been provided through the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) 2018.
The Project has upgraded existing facilities and infrastructure of the Student Centre to improve the current waiting area, Foundation Lounge and adjacent courtyard. These works included extensive access to power and USB charging points and the addition of spaces designed for individual or small group work across a number of different furniture formats. This project also includes upgrades to the Q-Flow ticketing system, bringing enhanced functionality when accessing Student Centre services.
The project includes:
- 30x cafe style seats with tables within the Foundation Lounge
- Fixed joinery, with provision for 27 stools, each with power and USB charging points
- 11x two person study booths, each with power and USB charging points
On 31 January 2017, UC Lodge formally opened it’s doors to nearly 500 students who will be able to live and study on campus and brings the total number of students living on campus up to 2476. The residence contains 496 beds across 353 apartments.
The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH): Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research officially opened to the public July 2018.
UCH the largest purpose-built rehabilitation centre in the ACT and surrounding region, with capacity for 140 inpatient beds, 75 day places and additional outpatient services. As a sub-acute care facility, UCH provides a supportive environment for people needing rehabilitation or mental health care, without the intense areas of surgery, an Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. Clients will be supported to become more independent by addressing challenges and developing skills and resources to promote successful community living and an enhanced quality of life.
UCH features dedicated therapy spaces, including a hydrotherapy pool, therapeutic gyms and kitchens to promote independence. There are also outdoor spaces, including a rehabilitation courtyard and recreational areas.
In addition, ACT Health has partnered with the University of Canberra to provide a research and teaching facility. It will continue the ACT’s integration of clinical and teaching environments for the benefit of our current and future health care providers. UCH includes office space dedicated to the Faculty of Health (Level 2) and a Clinical Education and Research Centre (Level 1), which will be a shared education space with ACT Health and other groups.
Construction of the University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) Car Park is complete. With 500 car spaces over five levels, the Car Park services the Hospital and the future building development planned by the Moran Health Group.
The opening of the Car Park coincided with the opening of the University of Canberra Hospital in July 2018. Additionally, an extension of Pantowora Street will be completed concurrently, directly linking the Health Precinct to the University Heartland
This project refurbished the outdated front of house and equipment within the UC Refectory, to provide a greater variety of food offerings that are healthier, fresher and easier for customers to access.
This project complements the work completed to the furniture throughout the UC Refectory to provide greater flexibility for users of the space.
These improvements have been funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).