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Old June 29th, 2012, 04:59 AM   #41
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Cool. I didn't realise there were so many trails around that area. I'll have to try that hike between Windarra Av and Monkhouse Rd some time. I did ride a bike up to the top half way up Windarra Av to take some photos once - its bloody steep. I don't think thats army land though, rather you would have still been on the edge of JCU land (have a look in the UBD to see what I mean). You can easily end up on army land if you go out of the back of the university though (southern side). One time I hiked up to the top of a hill behind JCU. There are no fences, just a few fairly obscure warning signs. Afterwards I was talking to a guy who was hiking in the same area, who almost tripped over some soldiers crouching in the bushes
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Old July 7th, 2012, 03:07 PM   #42
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Well I heading up into the hills above JCU yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately the main track you can see on the satellite images is now almost completely overgrown and badly washed out, but I did wind my way up the mountain biking track a bit. This was the best view I got of the Clinical Practice Building, although with the skyline in the background it means you can see all three cranes currently up in Townsville in the one shot See my notes on the Flickr photo page if you can't make them out.

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Old July 8th, 2012, 04:17 AM   #43
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So 3 cranes up? I will look for the comment on flickr
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Well I heading up into the hills above JCU yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately the main track you can see on the satellite images is now almost completely overgrown and badly washed out, but I did wind my way up the mountain biking track a bit. This was the best view I got of the Clinical Practice Building, although with the skyline in the background it means you can see all three cranes currently up in Townsville in the one shot See my notes on the Flickr photo page if you can't make them out.
I think I went even higher then that, although that was before all the rain a few months ago, the track was pretty good when I went up - I stopped just before it started to wound up through the hill.

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So 3 cranes up? I will look for the comment on flickr
Technically 4 if you include the Bridge Launcher on the Southern Port motorway, 5 once the crane is erected at 420 on Flinders.
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The other building is also coming along quite quickly now, starting to look like a building to some extent. I imagine it will finish quickly as my understanding is that internally it's mostly glass.
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Discovery Rise the other day (I went even higher the you Oriolus )



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Mannn this is turning out pretty good, I think there are another 2 levels to go. Very very nice! How quick was this build..

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Thanks for the update Burden. It does seem to have risen quite quickly for a building with quite a big floorplate. Looks like it would be 4 storeys at the moment, which would mean only one more level to go. But it will definately be a hell of the thing to see as you come into the campus, an imposing 5 storey, architecturally distinguished building. Will give the impression that JCU truely is "a professional world called university"
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Old October 10th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #50
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Thanks for the update Burden. It does seem to have risen quite quickly for a building with quite a big floorplate. Looks like it would be 4 storeys at the moment, which would mean only one more level to go. But it will definately be a hell of the thing to see as you come into the campus, an imposing 5 storey, architecturally distinguished building. Will give the impression that JCU truely is "a professional world called university"
I think it's terrible. It's hard enough for a university like JCU to stand out from the crowd as it is, let alone if (when) it loses its distinction of being amongst bush, space, etc.

Large buildings right near the street, right at the entry. Closing up Western Campus and selling off the land to developers (which, afaik, the uni doesn't actually have the right to sell without state approval as it was loaned for Education purposes - the VC being on Newmans earlier panel a conflict of interest much?). Filling in a heap of the space near the library. All while plenty of other buildings in the university are in quite a poor state of repair and little is being done about it. And ironically when the VC is emphasising that JCU should be embracing its original tropically-aligned mission. Considering that they've based their numbers on the sale of Western Campus...

In case you can't tell I find JCUs future/outlook a touch concerning.
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JCU almost two months later, along with the its 'bigger brother' that was erected yesterday

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Here are the photos of the Clinical Practice Building from a few weeks ago (Nov 30) that I wasn't able to post, but I thought I'd still post them, and they're a different angle to Burden's last ones.

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Old January 30th, 2013, 03:34 AM   #53
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Be a nice little cluster here soon, given the close proximity to the motorway - hospital and new multi story buildings popping up at the university/hospital.

Looks quite impressive when viewed from the motorway.



Anittel set to take on uni data centre

TONY RAGGATT | January 30th, 2013 | LINK

SYDNEY-based telecommunications firm Anittel Group Ltd has been selected to develop a high-tech data centre at James Cook University's Douglas campus in Townsville. The listed company announced yesterday that it had entered into an exclusive dealing agreement with the university to commercialise and develop what will be called the Tropical Knowledge and Innovation Centre. The centre, planned to be housed in a multi-storey building to be developed opposite the Clinical Practice Building now under construction at the university, will form part of the university's $1 billion Discovery Rise town centre project.

It will provide a world-class data centre and business incubation and collaboration centre. The development follows a research project conducted by Townsville Enterprise which identified the commercial interest and community benefits of building such a centre. James Cook University took up the idea, calling for expressions of interest from technology companies. Anittel was chosen from the eight companies that responded. In a statement, Anittel said it would work with the university, the community and interested stakeholders to finalise the development proposal over the next six months.

It said it would use a modular data centre in 2013 while design and planning permissions were obtained for a purpose-built multi-storey complex. "This project presents an amazing opportunity to support the Townsville community and encourage the growth of cloud technology services," Anittel managing director Peter Kazacos said. "With ICT jobs increasingly moving offshore, this development will help secure ICT opportunities here in regional Australia." James Cook University finance and resource planning executive director Tricia Brand said the data centre would be a welcome addition to the university's facilities and Townsville.

"It fits well with our Discovery Rise strategy to create a sustainable community where people and knowledge-based business can thrive," Mrs Brand said. Townsville Enterprise economic development general manager Ross Contarino said the organisation used the city's competitive advantage as one of the first National Broadband Network trial sites to develop the proposal and put the proposal to the university. "We are excited about it," Mr Contarino said. "It will be a great thing for the IT students at James Cook University ... and a real move forward for IT industry in our region."
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Well thats good news about the data centre...I guess. I've never really understood what a data centre is. Is it just a building specifically for housing computer servers? And what about "business incubation" - WTF does that mean? They say opposite the Clinical Practice Building, which I guess means the carpark in my first photo a couple posts up. I also have another photo to share of the CPB, taken from Riverside Ridge recently.

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Quite a big chunk of building there, I drove past it today.

The data-centre just smells like someone taking advantage of the resources of a gov org to me. The uni will house it but probably not use it, the IT staff wont have the slightest to do with it so the "ICT opportunities" thing will be people just flying in to do the occasional work. Probably just a nice location to geographically distant it from their other data centres and leach off the aarnet link. (very speculative I know)

Yes Oriolus it's basically a building full of computers, but also generally comes with a big data link (i.e. aarnet fibre that is already there), lots of power consumption (thanks to aircon - but they'll probably leach off JCUs chiller set up as well), backup power (battery + gensets) and security.
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You should see if you can get up there again one day, would be an excellent shot if you could get all of the tower cranes from the city/uni/hospital all in one shot. It's a shame I don't have a DSLR any more or a high quality camera

Meanwhile, here is a shot from yesterday..

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Old February 26th, 2013, 03:48 PM   #57
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It's a shame I don't have a DSLR any more or a high quality camera
Actually my camera still works, although it's pretty shit by today's standards, only 4MP, bought back in 2004. The problem is I can't get it to connect to the computer, so if I do take some fresh construction photos, I need to take it to someone elses computer that has a card reader, before they go 'stale'

Also I saw this on the Discovery Rise website, not sure if its been posted before, but its a render of "The Idea's Market". Not sure where that's planned for, but it looks very cool.

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Now moving forward with the residential component of Discovery Rise, to house up to 5000 people, with construction hoped to begin early 2014.

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IT'S Oxford University with a tropical shirt. Townsville's James Cook University has revealed the first glimpse at the residential component of its $1 billion Discovery Rise project, which would see the public live alongside the university, as with prestigious campuses in the United Kingdom, like Oxford.

Artist impressions of Discovery Village unveiled eco-friendly apartments, townhouses and small courtyard homes to house up to 5000 residents in the Douglas area.

Project director Alan Carpenter said the concept was built on the tradition of a "university town".

"It is based on Oxbridge, a mixture of Oxford and Cambridge universities, and we are trying really hard to create a tropical equivalent," he said.

"Whatever we develop needs to work with the city of Townsville and has to be integrated into the city."

Buildings are designed specifically for Townsville's climate using breezeways and cross-ventilation to keep buildings cool.

The townhouses include two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, roof terraces, balconies, decks, gardens and basement car parking.

Courtyard homes were designed for families or shared living while apartments were surrounded by the "green corridor" and park.

The Village aims to create "urban living" in the suburbs and an ideal option for students or Townsville Hospital workers.

"It is an open community and available to anyone, not just students," Mr Carpenter said.

"It is for people who like living in proximity to university or their place of work or study. That will then create a better community for us and see one less car cluttering up the roads and open up parking spaces in those areas."

Mr Carpenter called for public opinion and for potential developers to step forward during the community consultation stages.

"We need to host workshops to explain and test people's reaction to the housing we envisage," Mr Carpenter said.

"It is considerably more dense than generally found in suburban Townsville and we want to understand what the market thinks."

He hoped construction would begin early 2014.

Workshops will be held from March 25-27. For more information and to register visit www.jcu.edu.au/discoveryrise.

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JCU's $1 billion plan to build campus community hub

TONY RAGGATT | May 24th, 2013 | Source

A HOTEL, restaurants and bars could soon be constructed beside a hi-tech data centre and free health clinics at James Cook University to give the Townsville campus a city heart.

The plans are part of a $1 billion development strategy to construct a hub for people to meet, eat and brainstorm. "One of the problems with the university is that it lacks a centre," Discovery Rise project director Alan Carpenter said yesterday. "The essential idea of Discovery Central is to develop a central node half-way between the university's library and the (Townsville) hospital."

The first piece of the town centre jig-saw - a new $45 million Clinical Practices Building - is nearing completion on James Cook Drive. The five-level 11,000sq m building will provide retail services below clinics providing dental, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, speech and hearing, sports medicine, psychiatry, general practitioner and multi-disciplinary services free to senior and health card holders so students can practise on patients.

Beside the building a new two-way road, Mount Stuart Street, is being developed as Discovery Central's main street. Opposite, also on James Cook Drive, a cornerstone building is planned. This building would involve a boutique hotel, serviced apartments, conference facility, restaurant and bars. "This is badly needed for the social future of this university," Mr Carpenter said. The university has commissioned Projects+Infrastructure of Sydney to attract investors and operators for the cornerstone building.

Meanwhile, Sydney-based telecommunications firm Annitel Group Ltd is part-way through a feasibility study to develop a Tropical Knowledge and Innovation Centre, another building including a data centre and business incubator behind the Clinical Practices Building but also on Mount Stuart St. Mr Carpenter said the university was adapting to a more commercial approach to providing services. While the Clinical Practices Building attracted a $15 million grant, the university was servicing its additional loan requirements through the returns from a range of commercial tenancies.

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