Current Projects

We are currently rebuilding our campus around a vibrant, modern and fit for purpose education hub at the southern end of the site.

The rebuild project will take approximately eight years to complete and will touch every part of our daily life on campus. The new facilities will be state-of-the-art, flexible and offer our teachers and learners a variety of spaces to live, work and learn.

The first stage of the project will see the Student Hub rebuilt and the development of a new Trades building.  We have provided more information on these projects below, but if you have any further questions or feedback about these, please send an email to futurecampus@unitec.ac.nz.

The Hub
The Hub will be rebuilt to create a vibrant core that will be the heart of our world-class campus.  The new Hub will support a more modern teaching and learning experience fitting of a 21st century Institute of Technology.

The project involves installing a new roof over the current open-aired atrium area, providing space for a new library, student learning commons and retail offerings. It will also be open for longer hours and have a range of new features including a new student kitchen, extra retail options and more social, study and relaxation spaces.

The interior design and landscaping elements have also been designed in consultation with our staff and students, such as a green wall designed by our own Department of Landscape Architecture.

The Hub will be at the heart of the new campus and is scheduled to be open for Semester 2, 2017.

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Trades building 

The new Trades building will be a versatile, flexible and multi-purpose space.  It will be primarily focused on servicing our Technology and Built Environment courses and programmes.

The new building will have the ability for workshop spaces to be easily reconfigured to suit the course or programme being taught.  In addition to the flexible workshop space there will be new flat-floored teaching and learning spaces, showers and lockers and a back-of-house area for staff which provides views of the workshop.  The building will also feature a covered construction and plumbing yard.

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Way-finding
The way-finding for both construction sites is colour-coded: blue for The Hub and green for the Trades building.

Key dates and timings
This Project Timeline provides an indicative timeline for the major milestones of both The Hub and Trades building projects.

Construction partners
The architects for The Hub are ASC Architects and for the Trades building are Stapleton Elliott.

The service engineers for The Hub are WSP and for the Trades building are Aurecon.

The structural engineers for The Hub and for the Trades building are Structus.

The general contractors for The Hub are Ebert Construction and for the Trades building are Argon Construction.

Renderings

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The Hub

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The Trades building

 

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Further information

We will continue to update this page as the projects progress and if you have any feedback or queries, you can use the feedback form.

FAQs

What is the construction happening at Unitec (around The Hub and the big green field near the Trades Building)?
In the first stage of our major campus redevelopment, we’re rebuilding the Hub at Mt Albert campus.  At the same time, we are also developing a new Trades building.

What will the new Hub feature?
The Hub will be redesigned to be the heart of a world-class campus, and to support a more modern teaching and learning experience fitting of a modern 21st century Institute of Technology.  It will also be open for longer hours and have a range of new features including a new student kitchen, extra retail options, more social, study and relaxation spaces and a green wall designed by our own Department of Landscape Architecture.

What will the new Trades building be like?
It will feature versatile, multi-purpose spaces that can be transformed from a workshop to a lecture theatre to a dance studio, allowing students from different programmes and courses to collaborate and learn from each other.

When does construction start / finish?
Construction on these will begin in early 2016 and is expected to take 18 months, meaning it will be completed for the beginning of Semester Two, 2017.

Is the construction going to be noisy?
Throughout the project, there will be some works that may be noisy. We will of course keep this to a minimum and have made sure that no noisy works will occur during important times like when exams are on.

What about access to the Hub and internal courtyard?
Entry and exit points for our main indoor Hub area will be restricted for everyone’s health and safety.  The internal courtyard at The Hub will be closed from January 18 and a new space will be opened which will feature pop-up food options and seating areas.

Will I still be able to access the coffee cart, Copy Centre and new Student Space in building 110?
Yes, these spaces will remain fully functioning and we are adding to the retail offerings in the courtyard in front of the Library entrance. 

We have architectural, construction, landscaping and other faculties here at Unitec.  Are we utilising these resources in these projects?
Absolutely. Many of the design and construction courses and programmes have played an  instrumental role in these projects. Whether it be in the design of the new Green Wall to be installed in the new Hub, the design of the new Wetlands to the north of the Trades building, the interior design inspiration for both buildings or the use of construction documents and BIM models by some classes. We have worked closely with our teachers and students to ensure these buildings are designed by Unitec, for Unitec.

Are these the only buildings being built?
No, over the next eight years there will be many large projects delivered. These include refurbishing buildings 111 to 115, new car-park structures to make the campus more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, introducing more flat-floored teaching spaces similar to the ground floor of building 183 and improved way-finding and signage to make the campus easier to get around.

Unitec has beautiful flora and fauna, will this be retained?
Again, absolutely. We are working closely with the Department of Landscaping Architecture to establish a landscape campus master-plan and introduce more habitat for our bird life. We are also working with Ngati Whatua, Ngatai and Ngati Awa to enhance Te Puna.

Are there any key dates and timings for this project?
This Project Timeline provides an indicative timeline for the major milestones of both The Hub and Trades building projects.

What thought has gone into preventing student suicide attempts in the atrium space of The Hub?
This has been seriously considered by the team during the design process. As one of the mitigating measures the decision was made for all balustrades to be 1200mm high, which is above the compliant height.

What are the compliance details to achieve 4 Green Star energy saving rating?
We are not formally applying for the 4 Green Star energy service rating, however we are informally tracking and measuring the features that would achieve a 4 Green Star rating.  Some of these features include:

  • A management plan in accordance with ‘Resource Efficiency in the Building and Related Industries’ guidelines must be put in place.  This plan identifies all potential sources of construction waste arising from site clearance, demolition and construction activities and ensures that at least 70 per cent (by weight) is reused or recycled.
  • Incorporate at least one sustainable feature as a learning resource into the curriculum of the building users, such as a green wall designed by our own Department of Landscape Architecture.
  • Must achieve New Zealand Building Code minimum base ventilation rates.
  • A contractor and project team representative to be engaged for 12 months building tuning and reporting.

How many quiet spaces are available in The Hub area?

  • There is a quiet study area on Level 0 for individual study and reading for approximately 25 people.
  • There are four enclosed small meeting and project rooms on Level O.
  • On Level 1 there are six enclosed meeting and project rooms (2 x small, 2 x medium and 2 x large).
  • On Level 2 and Level 3 there are small alcoves designed along the perimeter of the existing floors.
  • There is a quiet student space planned on Level 2 in the current office area.
  • The furniture in the open plan areas will be arranged to create a range of different spaces, some of which will be more private and visually enclosed.

How is ventilation in The Hub managed to reduce food smells, and moderate temperature?
The ventilation is designed on the principles of natural ventilation, with motorised operable sash windows on all levels. There is also heating provided (generally radiant ceiling panels) with floor heating included on Level 3.

With so many different, potentially noisy activates in the same space, how will noise be managed in the workshop in the Trades building?
A Trades environment that works out of a shared area has been prototyped at Unitec’s Albany campus and learnings from this will be applied to the new Trades building.  At this stage a combination of course scheduling around complimentary activities, self-awareness and the use of safety and personal protective equipment will be used to mitigate noise issues.

How many bookable and non-bookable spaces will be available in The Hub?
Details about the operation of meeting spaces and bookable rooms will become available closer to the completion date of The Hub.

Where can we go for information and updates?
We will continue to update this page as the projects progress and if you have any feedback or queries, you can use the feedback form.