Unitec The Hub
Unitec Institute of Technology
RDT Pacific was engaged as Project Managers for the Hub project at Unitec’s Campus on Carrington Road in Mt Albert.
The Hub comprises 1,286m2 of new build construction (in an existing open air courtyard) and 4,679m2 of refurbished adjacent existing space. Unitec wanted the redesign to become 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. A space to attract and foster student meetings and interaction, providing a welcoming point of entry for students and visitors
The Hub is a modern and flexible place where students and staff can gather, study, seek support or relax. It is a exceptional student gathering and learning environment, which promotes a blend of online, face-to-face and collaborative learning.
There is a mix of spaces, ranging from café-style open environments merging with collaborative study areas, semi-enclosed library spaces, study pods overlooking the main space, and enclosed study and meeting rooms.
Some of the more interesting features are the new floating floors to be inserted above the current courtyard and the timber grid supporting a new high-level roof and the living green wall. The new main space is triple-height, enclosed by richly textured walls and opening out to the east to the green outdoors through a large glazed wall..
RDT Pacific worked with the design team to consider the benefits of sustainable initiatives. A passive fresh air system was integrated based on design modelling and costing reviews.
Existing site conditions were captured by a 3D laser scanning process and integrated into the BIM Model which was utilised from the design phase through to the construction phase as a virtual asset to hand over to Unitec’s Facility Management Team.
The BIM Model was invaluable during the design and construction phases in detecting clashes and facilitating the design/construction coordination process as well as being a useful visualisation tool for the user group and construction team and also used by the various trade contractors to create construction documentation.
Unitec have a state of the art facility supported by a virtual BIM Model managed by Unitec’s Facility Management Team. The business case benefits are being tracked and benefits realised.
- Project Managers – RDT Pacific
- Architects – Andrew Scott Cotton Architects / Design Group Stapleton Elliott
- Building Services – WSP
- Structural / Civil Engineers – Structus
- Quantity Surveyors – WT Partnership
- BIM Managers – As Built