The Griffith Business School’s new home at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus is an architecturally designed, seven-storey, state-of-the-art facility.
Providing world-leading facilities for business education, research and industry collaboration, the $38 million building will be a hub for the University’s 4500 business students on the Gold Coast. It also allows for future growth.
Griffith University will play a vital role in the future of the Gold Coast through the provision of skilled and knowledgeable graduates and access to the latest international business trends, data and research.
Through this building, Griffith University confirms its confidence in the future of the Gold Coast as a driver of regional economic development in traditional and emerging industries.
Located in the heart of the vibrant Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, and adjacent to the Gold Coast University Hospital, the site of the Commonwealth Games Village and the newly opened Gold Coast light rail system, the new building is a perfect meeting point for industry and researchers to network and collaborate. It’s a place to connect, inspire and activate.
The key features of G42 are:
- A state-of-the-art financial trading centre environment allowing students and researchers to study the performance of various tradeable commodities in real time.
- A dedicated MBA executive teaching suite.
- Technology-rich seminar and public lecture spaces.
- Ground floor cafe overlooking the Gold Coast University Hospital and Parklands Drive.
- Student collaboration zone.
- Public function and conference room.
- International conferencing and dialogue facilities.
The building will bring new focus to key initiatives in health management, workplace well-being, logistics and supply chain management and sustainable enterprise. It will also provide exceptional facilities for MBA students and executive education clients.
The building has individual and shared office space, including around 130 open plan desks to accommodate a mix of Higher Degree Research Students and sessional staff.
These open plan areas are spread throughout G42 to promote interaction between full-time and sessional staff and HDR students.
Social setting: On Level 2, a Student Commons will be a home for student clubs within the Griffith Business School and features the provision of 12 PCs. Collaboration is one of the key themes of G42, with significant spaces including a large lounge adjacent to the elevator, a lunch/lounge space adjacent to each of the kitchens and designated meeting rooms.
Sustainability solutions: Griffith University’s non-negotiable commitment to sustainability is exemplified by the Griffith Business School’s new building. As well as innovative features with regard to office lighting and air conditioning, each main resource area will be fitted out with special paper recycling “stations”.
- G42 will house the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics; Department of International Business and Asian Studies; Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources; Department of Marketing; and the School of Government and International Relations.
- In total, 68,150 metres of cabling and 487 metres of fibre-optic cable was used in the construction of G42. Also, 3800 cubic metres of concrete was poured and there was a peak workforce of 145 individuals on-site.
- The internal colour scheme is inspired by the interior detail of a pinstriped suit, resulting in strips of highlight colours. These colours differ on each floor of G42 to provide a separate identity for each group within the Griffith Business School.
- G42 has the Gold Coast campus’s first significant Photovoltaic Array which will generate approximately 50kW of power to offset G42’s energy consumption. The building has been designed with large amounts of internal glazing to allow natural light into the centre of the building and to create a feeling of openness. The building has large rainwater collection tanks and water is recycled for use in toilets and landscape areas.
- G42 contains Griffith University’s first collaborative Lecture Theatre. It seats 80 students in collaborative mode and 215 in full seating mode. There are also two dedicated MBA lecture theatres, three 30-seat seminar rooms, one 50-seat seminar room, one 80-seat seminar room and an 80-seat executive lecture theatre.