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Abigroup starts work at Griffith Business School

08 November 2012

Abigroup will now commence construction on a new building for Griffith Business School on the Gold Coast after Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate was joined by Griffith Business School Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Campus Provost Professor Ned Pankhurst and Pro Vice Chancellor (Business), Professor Michael Powell to turn the first sod on the project on Tuesday 9 October.

Abigroup was selected by Griffith Business School to design and construct their new seven storey G42 Business School facility which will include a simulated trading room, offices for academics and support staff, a lecture theatre and seminar rooms.

Abigroup’s National Operations Director, John Kirkwood said, “The project builds on Abigroup’s strong relationship with Griffith University which has seen us deliver a number of successful projects recently including the Student Centre (G33) and the Chancellery (G34) buildings at the Gold Coast Campus and the Queensland Microtechnology Facility (N74) and Glyn Davis Building (N72) at the Nathan Campus.”

The building will be home to academic and administrative staff as well as higher degree research students from the University’s Departments of Accounting, Finance and Economics, International Business and Asian Studies, Employment Relations and Human Resources, Marketing, and the newly-formed School of Government and International Relations.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Business), Professor Michael Powell said, “The new building will enable Griffith Business School to bring together its teaching and learning, research, and industry engagement activities into a prominent centre designed to address and meet the School’s specific and unique needs.”

“Collectively, this facility will provide Griffith University with the scope to enhance and increase its capacity as a provider of comprehensive business education to the Gold Coast community.”

Future business students can look forward to learning and training in the state-of-the art surrounds of the modern new facility from January 2014, with work scheduled for completion inside 12 months.

     L to R: John Thong (Wilson Architects), Brent Hardcastle (Wilson Architects), Professor Ned Pankhurst (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research), Professor Ian O'Connor (Vice-Chancellor), Rod Derbyshire (Abigroup), Mayor Tom Tate (Gold Coast City Council), Professor Marie Wilson (Dean, Academic), Professor Michael Powell (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business), Chris Kenvyn (Abigroup), Lisa Cotterell (Executive Manager, Business), Toni Pennisi (Abigroup) and Michael Vicenzino (Abigroup)


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