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USQ refurbishments to rejuvenate campus in 2020

The New Year will bring in a new look for USQ Toowoomba campus with two major renovation projects underway.
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The developments include renovations to the front entrance of the University and Quad, as well as a new Aviation Precinct.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the construction work was an exciting rejuvenation for the entrance and the new Aviation Precinct an example of the growth in the University.

“It is an exciting time for USQ,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“The Bachelor of Aviation will be offered for the first time in Toowoomba next year and USQ will be home to an A320 flight simulator.”

The University currently teaches Aviation at its Springfield campus but with a worldwide pilot shortage looming, USQ was propelled to expand its program.

According to the latest statistics from Boeing's Pilot & Technician Outlook 2019-2038, 770,000 new pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the world's fleet over the next two decades - with nearly 40 per cent of those required in the Asia Pacific region.

“Aviation has been successfully operating at the Springfield campus for three years and applications have increased further this year,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“It has been widely reported that the global aviation industry is rapidly expanding and that this will continue for the foreseeable future.”

The Quad entry renovations, set to be completed in early 2020, will create a defined welcoming entrance to the campus via a pedestrian walkway between A and B Blocks. 

“Visitors will be directed to the centre of the campus from the front entrance to the Quad using new vertical lighting elements, roof structures, planting and paving,” Professor Mackenzie said.

As one of the University’s key engagement points with the wider community, the design also seeks to enhance the façade and social space to the Arts Theatre creating a flexible and functional forecourt for events and performances.

artist impression of the new quad entry