USQ building upgrade awarded for excellence

The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) revamped residential college has received a stamp of approval from the Asia Pacific industry body for student housing.
7 Jun 2018

The University recently received an award for Excellence in Facility Development or Management (institutions under 500 beds) from the Asia-Pacific Student Accommodation Association (APSAA)

The accolade recognised the McGregor College Redevelopment Project which converted three residential blocks into a self-catered precinct.

Work was completed in February last year, giving students a full kitchen for multiple users, individual secure cupboard space and lockers, and a contemporary design integrated dining and lounge area.

The redevelopment incorporated a commitment to improving USQ’s environmental performance with design features to reduce carbon footprint including: energy efficient LED lighting, reverse cycle air conditioning, water saving bathroom fixtures, and water filtration units in the common spaces.

Student Engagement and Leadership Director Peter Munster welcomed the APSAA award as recognition for the hard work undertaken by the Residential Colleges, Campus Services, USQ Safe and building contractors to bring the project to fruition.

McGregor College was established in 1970 and now accommodates up to 200 students.

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USQ's revamped residential college has received an award for excellence.