Harnessing Queensland’s sub-tropical climate, we designed the foundation building to operate efficiently through the use of solar power, deep overhanging roofs and sun-shading.
USC wanted its Moreton Bay foundation campus to be active and welcoming from day one and to immediately be part of the community – without losing what makes this part of Queensland so unique. It wanted to make sure foundation students would want to return, and that a broader, more diverse student cohort would be enticed to get on board.
Experience master planners, FreeState (part of Hassell), were engaged to make sure the new campus was a genuine community asset and a catalyst for new experiences in the region. Following a series of on-campus observations, one-on-one interviews, desk-based research and greater Sunshine Coast site visits, they devised a program of ‘experience concepts’.
Simple things like urban pavilions capture community interest and become landmarks for meeting and events, like bands playing after class. By making sure these experiences are sustained, the engagement and energy will continue to grow around USC Moreton Bay.