FAQs

When is the Science and Engineering Centre open?

The Centre is open to staff students and the community.

The Cube in P Block of the Centre is open to the public during semester time from 8am to 9pm weekdays and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm.
Non-semester time: Week days 9am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm.

Open public holidays noon to 4pm except Good Friday.

What is the new Centre used for?

P Block of the Centre houses the QUT Institute for Future Environments with more than 200 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) researchers from many disciplines collaborating to solve some of our most pressing global challenges. Researchers work in world-class labs equipped with about $17million in cutting edge equipment in the Central Analytic Research Facility.

The Cube is the centrepiece with its two-storey interactive digital learning and display screens. It will transform the way students engage and interact with learning in STEM. A wide variety of National Curriculum-related education programs for secondary school groups have been developed to inspire the next generation of thinkers and doers through hands-on, interactive workshops, labs and digital tours.

The Centre is at the nexus of the Goodwill Bridge, the City Botanic Gardens and QUT Gardens Point – well placed to become the lively community heart of the campus. Facilities include a 50m pool, student bar, fitness facilities, bookshop, cafes and a vibrant food court.

Staff from the Science and Engineering Faculty call the the Centre home.

Y Block in the new Centre, will house the Equity team, the Oodgeroo Unit and Student Support Services.

What are the fitness facilities and when do they open?

The pool in the aquatics centre is scheduled to open in mid-December 2012 and the gym on January 14, 2013. It will be open to staff, students and the public.

The gym and quaqutics centre will be operated by Healthstream who also operate the KG gym. The indoor aquatics centre’s 50m FINA-approved pool will offer stroke correction and learn-to-swim classes, squad training, aqua aerobics and water polo. The 1300sqm gym will feature an indoor running track, standard free and pin-loaded weights sections, cardio zone, functional training area and group fitness studio.

For more information, go to www.healthstreamqut.com.au.

What food outlets are there?

A stylish foodcourt will offer salads, juices, pizza, sushi, Mexican food and a café, which will open in time for semester one. The new QUT Bookshop houses a café with snacks.

Will there be childcare facilities at Gardens Point?

The reopening of the childcare centre in X Block will take place in July 2013, following the completion of Brisbane City Council’s upgrade of Gardens Point Rd, when safe access for drop-off and pick-up of children becomes possible. Enquiries and a waiting list are expected to open in May once an operator is chosen from a tender process.

Are there any function venues?

Room Three Sixty  is open for public bookings on the top level of Y Block.  It takes advantage of the floor-to-ceiling glass windows to offer views of the city skyline, Brisbane River, Kangaroo Point cliffs and the City Botanic Gardens. It can accommodate 300 guests for cocktails and 200 guests banquet-style. The room is available for hire through QUT Precincts from March.

Who has access to the new buildings?

The Centre will welcome all QUT staff, students and the general public to a number of areas. Some floors will be restricted to staff only.

What's happening in Gardens Point Rd?

The upgrade of Gardens Point Rd, adjacent to the Centre, has begun. The final stage will be completed in May.

How do I book a room in the SEC?

Bookings can be made by staff through the centralised timetabling system or your Outlook calendar.

Is food available at Gardens Point?

The QUT bookshop café is open and Artisans and BarMerlo are open. The other outlets, as mentioned above, will open in time for the start of semester one.

Have students had any connection with the project?

A joint initiative between QUT and the Centre’s builders, Leighton Contractors, provided an engagement program for students, staff and the wider QUT community.

Under the Learning with Leighton Contractors program QUT students had opportunities to be actively involved with the centre during the design and construction phase.

Activities included lectures by Leighton Contractor staff and associated consultants, site visits for students and staff, professional development opportunities for QUT staff, and participation in schools programs.

Leighton Contractors have employed QUT undergraduate students on the project as part of work integrated learning.

What about environmental considerations?

The Science and Engineering Centre has achieved a 5-star Design Education V1 Certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

Achieving this has made it one of the highest rated 'green' buildings in the Brisbane CBD.

How can I find out more information about this building project?

For information and updates about the Centre, please visit www.qut.edu.au/sci-eng-centre/