The Wintec City Hub is an innovative 4144 m2 facility on the Hamilton city campus. The building houses the library, information commons, event spaces, teaching space, social spaces, food and beverage and is surrounded by landscaped grounds. The highly flexible sustainable design has transformed the campus and has signalled a bold start to the grander site master plan, which benchmarked Wintec with the best practice “learning institutions’ in NZ and the USA.
The Hub creates a neighbourhood within the campus, responding to the social experience of learning by providing spaces for learning and socialising simultaneously. It provides a 24-hour environment for students, staff and the public. The “hub” houses three functions under one roof: student learning support, the library, information centre and a food court in a seamless open space.
Employed by Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), Xigo personnel managed the project on time and on budget, from conception to opening, commencing with appointment of the design consultants, completion of the design, consent, tender and construction administration.
Key design considerations from the client were:-
• Sustainable solutions – taking a lead in the use of sustainable building materials, construction techniques and energy efficiency;
• A technologically advanced building –extensive use of wireless and wired technology, and state of the art systems;
• Flexible space –the facility needed to be able to be re organised to meet the changing needs of education delivery;
• Ease of Maintenance.
• Multiple stakeholders
• A state of art, flexible and innovative space, versatile to change
• Prioritises the use of stainable and environmentally conscious solutions
• Specialist convention centre operations and requirements
• Interfaces with local authorities