February 2022: Installation of wharenui windows
Windows at the front of the wharenui have been installed – a critical milestone of construction. A special crane attachment with hydraulic vacuum suction cups was especially imported from the USA to lift and install each of the 12 panes. The heaviest six panes weigh more than one tonne each – the largest windows ever handled by New Zealand manufacturers.
'Pā' is a reference to the concept of community and location, signalling a concentration of strategically located and designed buildings that provide for the people within.
Pā site is on a special part of campus, a prime location on Hillcrest Road, and it will create a welcoming and vibrant core facility on the Hamilton campus.
The design of Pā incorporates input from students, 工作人员和社区, with advisory groups each having opportunities to work with the architects.
Pā site is on a special part of campus, a prime location on Hillcrest Road.
Hei pupuru i te mana o Te Whare Wānanga
A new University marae complex will be located in the heart of Pā.
The Wharenui (central meeting house) provides the form and inspiration for the entire complex. 支持ed by the main University reception, a generous ātea/courtyard and the central campus walkway, the Wharenui will define the University’s new face to Hillcrest Road.
嗨āhurutanga mō ngā ākonga
The student hub will provide spaces for students to socialise, rest, debate, eat and recharge.
It will be the year-round home of campus life for students, including:
- A generous social space with moveable furniture
- A stage for performances, events and conferences
He wāhi whai pūkenga, he wāhi toi, mō te hapori
Pā will also be utilised for large events including student welcomes and performances, conferences and other celebrations and activities. The concept and design bring together:
- A main University reception and executive offices
- A refurbished space for Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao: Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Multi-function rooms for teaching and conference activities
- Spacious courtyards, easy walkways and connection points
Hei tūhonohono i te papa wānanga
Pā will create connections across the Hamilton campus, closely aligning with Te Manawa (The Student Centre), and lecture theatres in S and L Blocks.
这些连接, 包括一个新的电梯系统, will improve mobility access in the heart of the campus.