John Paul II building wins major award

Thursday, 17 September 2015

ACU receives Master Builders Award

ACU's beautiful Saint John Paul II building on our Brisbane Campus has won a Master Builders award.

Tomkins Director Mike Tomkins presented Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Jim Nyland with the Master Builders award earlier this week.

Winning in the category of Education Facility over $5 million, the John Paul II Building was a landmark project identified by ACU to symbolise the next phase of campus growth.

“The John Paul II Building is a spectacular construction that sets a new standard in modern university space,” said Professor Nyland.

“The majority of the building is dedicated to teaching and learning spaces, both formal and informal, and serves as an iconic example of ACU Brisbane’s commitment to promoting engagement and interaction for both undergraduate and research students.

“ACU’s vision and commitment to excellence has seen the Brisbane campus become a university of choice for staff, students and industry partners.

“ACU Brisbane has more than doubled its student number over the last five years and has established major research Institutes in the heart of Brisbane in the areas of Health and Education.”

Finished in November 2014, the building and surrounding landscaping was funded by the University at a cost of $25 million and was completed within two years. It has been fully occupied since the beginning of the year, and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officially opened the building in May.

State-of-the art labs are being used for speech pathology, occupational therapy and other allied health services, and a student centre on the ground floor has created a hub for students. 

The images of the original heritage building with the landmark tower reflected in the glass facade of the new building enhance the significance of the site’s heritage.

Congratulations to the whole team from ACU and Tomkins who worked tirelessly to deliver an outstanding result. 

You can see photos of the Saint John Paul II building on ACU's Facebook page.