On Friday 18 February, Kane celebrated the official sod-turning ceremony at the TAFE Coomera Marine Centre of Excellence site.
The Kane team were joined by notable guests Bert van Manen MP, Michael Crandon MP, Hon Stuart Robert MP, Hon Dianne Farmer MP, Meaghan Scanlon MP, and Karen Dickinson, General Manager at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.
QBuild selected Kane to deliver the TAFE Coomera New Marine Centre in December 2021. Located on the Gold Coast, the boat building capital of Australia, the campus offers a range of specialised training for the marine industry, including marine craft construction.
The modern two storey structure will primarily employ the use of concrete and structural steel. The building will include workshops for electrical and mechanical work, fibreglass and lamination, marine textiles and upholstery, an outdoor boat workshop, welding facilities, staff accommodation and student learning and breakout spaces.
The world-class training facility will accommodate up to 500 students in marine construction, maintenance and specialist superyacht training.
Consideration has been given to the environmental footprint of the project. Given its location in the catchment area of Oaky Creek and the Coomera River, civil works and landscape planning include the instalment of a vegetated bio-retention basin to hold and process stormwater collected on-site.
More than 15 jobs will be created through the construction, which is due for completion by May 2022.