Building A is the Foundation Building for Southern Cross University’s (SCU) Gold Coast Campus with a contract value of AUD18 million. The new campus has been masterplanned to sit within the Gold Coast Airport Development Park with the first stage opening to students in 2010. The Foundation Building (Building A) is a well appointed facility, providing a nurturing and supportive study environment that includes a student services hub, designed to provide a one-stop shop for student support and enquiries. The hi-tech library situated on the fourth floor offers stunning views of the ocean and Gold Coast hinterland.

The building floor area of approximately 4800 sqm is spread over four levels. It accommodates a range of general teaching spaces, library, IT labs, lecture theatre, academic offices and support facilities. In order to encourage activities and interaction, the building is permeable at ground level with co-location of a café, student interaction areas, student services hub and multi-purpose room.

GHD Woodhead was engaged by SCU to design the foundation building with input from a range of stakeholders including academic staff, teaching and learning centre, learning assistance, information technology and technical support, library and facilities management. It aims to establish the main principles for future buildings that will collectively form an on-campus environment which actively engages students in the process of learning and exchange of information through the creation of dynamic spaces and facilities that encourage open collaborative interaction.