An eco-class of its own

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

The new multi-mil­lion dol­lar build­ing un­der con­struc­tion at Whi­tireia’s Porirua cam­pus is ex­pected to im­press nurs­ing and para­medic stu­dents when they ar­rive for study in Fe­bru­ary.

Work is al­most com­plete on the new 3817sqm fa­cil­ity that will house the Health Fac­ulty, ad­min­is­tra­tion, class­rooms and con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties.

The build­ing will in­clude lab­o­ra­to­ries, state-of-the-art sim­u­la­tion suites and will pro­vide train­ing fa­cil­i­ties to around 1000 nurs­ing and para­medic stu­dents and fac­ulty staff from Fe­bru­ary.

The build­ing features in­ter­room slid­ing doors, al­low­ing for flex­i­ble teach­ing class sizes, open work spa­ces al­low­ing flex­i­bil­ity for staff, learn- ing streets that will be­come a fo­cal point and hub of stu­dent life and a place of in­ter­ac­tion and self-learn­ing.

‘‘There are a num­ber of ecofriendly features to this build­ing – of par­tic­u­lar men­tion is the storm water col­lec­tion that will be con­tained in a 50,000 litre un­der­ground stor­age tank and used for toi­let flush­ing and garden ir­ri­ga­tion,’’ says spokesman Kelvin Irvine.

The hot water will be so­lar heated and the de­sign of the build­ing has al­lowed for the con­crete struc­ture to be used as a la­tent heat stor­age fa­cil­ity that will as­sist with heat­ing the build­ing.

Mr Irvine says the build­ing has a real con­nec­tion to the lo­cal land­scape thanks to art­work that has been com­pleted by James Mol­nar.

It can be seen on many of the con­crete col­umns and the in­ter­nal win­dows while walking through the build­ing.

The build­ing was to be blessed to­day and will be of­fi­cially opened in March.

Aim­ing to please: Whi­tireia’s new learn­ing fa­cil­ity is near­ing com­ple­tion.

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