Students at the Australian National University’s (ANU) Research School of Earth Sciences now have access to first class teaching and learning facilities thanks to a $1.52 million investment by the Gillard Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, today officially opened the Jaeger 8 Building, worth a total of $12 million.
The building is named in honour of Professor J.C. Jaeger, the foundation Professor of Geophysics at ANU and the first professorial appointment in geophysics in Australia.
“This new building houses modern research and teaching environments that have been designed to be flexible and adaptable, to allow for changes in technology and teaching methodologies,” Ms Bird said.
“It integrates the latest sustainable design principles, including an innovative air handling system which uses stored rainwater to provide summer cooling.
“The granite, marble and volcanic stones used in the construction double as teaching tools for students studying earth sciences.”
Ms Bird said Labor had invested more than $5 billion to improve infrastructure in higher education, research and vocational education and training since coming to government.
“It means modern facilities like this are being developed in tertiary institutions across Australia, providing critical infrastructure and vital student amenities,” Ms Bird said.
“This investment provides the best possible environment to foster the highly skilled, innovative and productive earth-sciences workforce that Australia needs to remain internationally competitive and prosperous.”
The Jaeger 8 building has been recognised with a 2012 Master Builders and Boral Excellence in Building Award.