New University Building Marks 50 Years of Learning

University of Waikato

Modern learning is evolving at such a fast pace, the original architecture used to design educational institutions is oftentimes falling desperately behind.

For this reason, ongoing efforts are constantly being made worldwide to esnure the learning facilities evolve at a rate that mirrors the evolution of the students housed in educational facilities.

Marking its 50th anniversary as an educational facility, the University of Waikato in New Zealand is welcoming a brand new building that will offer a cutting edge learning environment to the school’s ever-growing student body.

University of Waikato

The building will house the Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, the Waikato Management School’s Centre for Corporate and Executive Education and student services facilities.

According to the university’s vice-chancellor, professor Roy Crawford, the only way for the university to maintain its high learning standards and competitive edge is to undertake the architectural upgrade.

“The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio,” says Crawford. “To do that, we need top-quality facilities. The new building will nurture collaboration and allow for the growth and development of our faculties of law and management, as well as enhancing our superb campus.”

University of Waikato

The building has been designed by architectural firm Opus and will include the most cutting edge industry elements: ESD features.

“Our architects, Opus, have provided an environmentally sustainable design featuring a green roof, natural ventilation and glazed corridor walls for natural lighting,” says Crawford. “The new building will join our Student Centre, completed last year and the first five-star green building in the Waikato region, and the award-winning Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, overlooking the campus lakes.”

University of Waikato

The building’s five-story office tower will also feature intelligent vertical sunshade vanes, which will not only protect the interiors from excess solar thermal gain, but also harkens to the culturally significant use of tukutuku reed panels in traditional meeting houses.

Modern society values education above all else. Buildings that cater to education will always need to evolve with the learning practices in order to stay competitive and remain effective educational facilitators.

By Tim Moore
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