New roles for Springfield’s Doug Fraser

20 November 2012
Project Director Doug Fraser looks over the site for the EDGY building.

Springfield campus’ Doug Fraser loves a challenge.

He was the first person on site to project manage the construction of USQ’s original buildings before taking on the role of Director and welcoming the first students to O-Week in March 2006 and he hasn’t missed an important moment in the campus’ growing history since.

This week Mr Fraser transitions into the newest evolution of his seven years at Springfield, taking on the title of Campus Executive Manager and an appointment as Project Director of the Educational Gateways (EDGY) Building Project.

'My main role on campus will fundamentally remain the same as it has during my time as Director,' Mr Fraser said.

'I will be responsible for the campus from a business and operational perspective and in conjunction with other members of the university executive, for its strategic direction.

'Some key developments at the campus next year will be the construction of multi-purpose sport facilities and new innovative teaching spaces.

'The multi-purpose courts will be capable of accommodating basketball, netball and tennis, and are scheduled to commence before Christmas.

'They will include a two story gymnasium with change rooms and end of ride bicycle facilities.

'We have also recently designed and built a flexible collaborative teaching and learning space which has proved highly popular with staff and students.

'The room includes enhanced collaborative technology and highly flexible, reconfigurable furniture, allowing improved group work during class which can also be used by students in their own time.

'The room can be reconfigured from classic classroom configuration to a collaborative setup in as little as 45 seconds.'

While scheduled for opening in mid-2014, Mr Fraser’s key objective as Project Director of the EDGY Building is to ensure the new programs afforded by the opening of the building will commence in semester one 2014.

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