An artist's impression of what the new engineering buildings are expected to look like.
An artist's impression of what the new engineering buildings are expected to look like.

Engineering faculty's $9m overhaul

ANYBODY planning on studying at CQUniversity in the coming years has got plenty to look forward to.

As the university encourages people to enrol for mid-year courses, it is pouring millions of dollars into renovations and construction works.

Two major engineering buildings on the Rockhampton campus will be receiving a $9 million overhaul which will include completely gutting them and fitting them out with new roofs, verandas and awnings.

Buildings No.28 and No.29 will receive the work and the refurbishments will include new labs for fluids, thermodynamics, thermofluids, geotech, concrete and structures and electronics.

There will also be a new lecture theatre, a materials-testing area, an acoustic test cell, postgraduate areas, a soils store and a multi-purpose project-based learning lab fitted with new air-conditioning and accessible by lift.

Building 28 will be the first to be stripped down and re-built, and is expected to be finished by August.

Then the builders’ attention will be turned to building 29.

This project’s budget includes $1.3 million from the federal government through the Better University Research Funding Pool.

A new health clinic is also planned for the Rockhampton campus as part of the university’s $12 million investment in new allied health programs.

The new facility will allow students to learn by working alongside qualified health professionals in the areas of oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the University was in an exciting phase of growth and renewal.

“The key to renewal at CQUniversity is engagement. We need to embed engagement in all that we do – including expansion into new discipline areas – to ensure CQUniversity fulfils its goal to be one of Australia’s great universities.”



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