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Campus News : March 2013
he University Council in February approved the release of $220 million for capital expenditure projects over the next five years, including $44 million for the Early Start project and a newly-announced $33 million sciences laboratory facility. The Science Teaching Facility will be built in airspace over the existing Ovals P7 Carpark, adjacent to the SMART Infrastructure Facility and linked to the Sciences Building. Construction is expected to start in November and be completed by December 2014. The project is being fully funded by the University. The three-level 6100 square metres Science Teaching Facility will contain chemistry, biological sciences and earth and environmental teaching An architect's drawing of the $33 million Science Teaching Facility to be built on UOW's Wollongong campus. laboratories which will be used for science, health and behavioural and engineering students. The top floor will also contain research laboratories which will allow the University to increase its higher degree research student focus. Late last year the University announced the $44 million Early Start inter-disciplinary project to be based in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UOW. It is a strategic teaching, research and community engagement initiative which will deliver a new generation of graduates to work with young children aged from 0-12. This facility comprises $31 million in funding through the Federal Government's Education Investment Fund with the remainder made up of a $7 million private donation from Mr Christopher Abbott and his Abbott Foundation and $6 million from the University itself. Early Start, to be built at the western end of the Wollongong campus, will include specialist teaching and research spaces, a Children's Discovery Centre and be the hub for Early Start Engagement Centres. Early Start -- due to open early in 2015 -- will feature a three-level building with a gross floor area of 9300 square metres. The Children's Discovery Centre, expected to draw 120,000 children and their families from across Australia a year, will provide more than 2000 square metres of activity/exhibit space, outdoor exploration courtyards and discovery galleries supported by administrative and technical facilities. BG T $220 MILLION BUILDING BOOM $2 BILLION CONTRIBUTION Continued from Page 3. As part of the innovation ecosystem initiative, UOW started an Entrepreneurship Club in 2011. The "e-Club" as it is known, regularly attracts up to 150 local entrepreneurs and university students, who hear from successful entrepreneurs brought in from around the world to speak about their experiences in bringing creative ideas and innovations to market. UOW and Wollongong City Council have also joined forces to open a new facility in the Wollongong CBD called StartPad, which offers budding entrepreneurs a free structured creative environment. StartPad tenants with a winning idea and a solid business plan "graduate' to the iAccelerate business incubator at the University's Innovation Campus. NH 4 CONNECT: UOW MARCH 2013 CONNECT: NEWS EXPENDITURE EFFECTS $2.06B STUDENT SPENDING $941M CAPITAL INVESTMENT $140M VISITOR SPENDING $30M OPERATIONS $950M