Construction has officially passed the halfway point on the Stage 2 Development at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie.
University executive, project staff and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams toured the site on Tuesday, July 14.
The $66 million development is predicted to double the capacity of the CSU's Port Macquarie campus from 1000 to 2800.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said she is pleased to see the development reach halfway completion.
"Charles Sturt University has very quickly gained an outstanding reputation in Port Macquarie for delivering the highest quality learning facilities in regional NSW," she said.
"The expansion will provide even more opportunities for students to continue their education locally as well as cater for students from abroad."
The entire Stage Two Development will be built over 6,300 square metres. Stage 2A is due to be completed in mid-August and will feature tiered lecture theatres, an event space, technology studio, engineering and science labs, a student gym and staff offices.
Stage 2B of the project is scheduled for completion in December this year and was awarded NSW Government funding worth $15.08 million.
Stage 2B will include the construction of the Port Macquarie International Education Centre with a NSW Emergency Services training room, innovation hub and co working space, student support, amenity services, staff facilities and offices for new employees.
All of the development's roofs are expected to have extensive solar arrays and integration into the natural landscape.
CSU director of external engagement for Port Macquarie, Kate Wood-Foye said CSU is excited to unveil a number of the campus's new facilities for the first time.
"Reaching the mid-way point of the Stage 2 Development is a celebratory milestone for Charles Sturt University," Ms Wood-Foye said.
"This year has brought a lot of uncertainty for everyone, particularly because of COVID-19, but we are very pleased that this development is still on schedule and we are excited about the possibilities it will provide.
"It will boost our regional economy, help to highlight our region on the international stage as a centre for education, and encourage more students to choose to study on the Mid North Coast."
Discussions are ongoing with the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to develop walking and cycling paths around the development.
CSU is expected to add another 96 residential beds for use next year, over its current capacity of 250 to cater for the Stage Two Development.