Lat­est build­ing a hit on polytech cam­pus

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Whi­tireia health fac­ulty stu­dents are walking taller and dress­ing bet­ter to keep in step with their new state-of-the-art build­ing on cam­pus.

The $17 mil­lion health fac­ulty build­ing has brought to­gether the polytech’s 1700 nurs­ing, para­medic and health sciences stu­dents un­der the same roof.

Hi-tech sim­u­la­tion lab­o­ra­to­ries mimic hospi­tal and home en­vi­ron­ments mak­ing train­ing more real­is­tic. This in­cludes new med­i­cal man­nequins that can talk and be op­er­ated by tu­tors ob­serv­ing stu­dents re­motely from an­other room.

Class­rooms have glass walls open to view, let­ting in light and open­ing the learn­ing process up to passersby.

The build­ing is also ecofriendly, us­ing so­lar pan­els for hot water, and rain­wa­ter for flush­ing toi­lets.

It has been built in 12 months su­per­vised by project man­ager Kelvin Irvine, who said stu­dents were dress­ing well out of pride in their new sur­round­ings. The stu­dents agree it is ‘‘You walked in the first day and it com­pletely blew your mind,’’ third-year nurs­ing stu­dent Char­lotte Boyadi­jan said.

Sec­ond-year para­medic stu­dent Jake Carl­son said stu­dents’ train­ing had im­proved be­cause hav­ing tu­tors ob­serve ex­er­cises re­motely made sim­u­la­tions more real.

Para­medic de­gree pro­gramme leader Gary Strong is equally im­pressed with the fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘I think this sets a new stan­dard. This is as good as any I’ve seen in New Zealand or overseas.’’

Whi­tireia chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Camp­bell is de­lighted with the build­ing and said staff and stu­dents were set­tling in well.

‘‘It’s really tak­ing our health de­part­ment into a new di­men­sion.’’

The next build­ing to re­ceive a makeover on cam­pus will house the arts and ser­vice in­dus­tries fac­ul­ties.

Med­i­cal marvel: Whi­tireia’s new $17 mil­lion health build­ing has im­pressed stu­dents and staff alike, say para­medic de­gree leader Gary Strong and build­ing project man­ager Kelvin Irvine.

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