Prime Minister John Key has officially opened the first new building in CPIT's ambitious plan to invest in the future of vocational training with modern facilities and contemporary learning delivery.
The new $15.9m Te Whareora (Science and Wellbeing Facility) provides state-of-the-art learning environments for CPIT students in Applied Science degrees and those who participate in the Next Steps Centre for Women and Workskills programmes.
CPIT's staff and students will have a new fitness centre to work out in and a 1,100 m2 sports court for basketball and other matches. The relocated Health Centre will provide students with access to doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. The building also houses The Zone, a specialist testing facility open to provide testing and training for the region's elite athletes and experience in fitness assessment for CPIT's sport science students.
"This is a significant milestone for CPIT," CPIT Chief Executive Kay Giles said. "Our staff, students and community will now have a tangible signal of CPIT's intention to be a leading tertiary education provider, giving students modern and flexible training that leads to great employment outcomes."
CPIT is self-funding three new buildings and refurbishments at the City Campus, while the government contributed $18.9m in funding to new buildings and upgrading facilities at CPIT Trades.
Te Whareora was designed by Athfields Architects who have also been commissioned to create an overall plan for the Madras Street campus that creates more engaging environments for students. The plan includes significant green spaces, a student hub and better circulation between buildings. Hawkins constructed the building, engineering was by Powell Fenwick Engineers and project management by Inovo.
"Te Whareroa is a simple but robust building, providing much needed communal student space along with flexible, dynamic teaching environments," Trevor Watt, Director at Athfield Architects said. "The social hub of the building is the Sports Hall and all the specialised sports and health functions group around and open into this large, naturally lit space. The tiered seating here also doubles as spectator viewing and informal break-out teaching space."
With sustainability high on both CPIT and Athfield Architects' agendas, the building incorporates energy efficient features such as solar heating for hot water and rubber flooring made from 6100 kilograms of used car tyres - or about 680 used car tyres.
Te Whareora combines the Māori words for 'house' and 'wellbeing'. The building's name reflects CPIT's commitment to biculturalism.