The University of Waikato
has announced Fletcher Construction has won the contract to build the University’s new Law and Management building.
The announcement was made at a function to commemorate the university's 50th anniversary, held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on Thursday and attended by the Prime Minister John Key, Chancellor Jim Bolger, Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker and other guests.
Work on the $20 million-plus building, which was designed by Opus International Consultants, will begin mid-April and construction is scheduled to take 16-18 months.
The new Law and Management building will house Te Piringa - Faculty of Law and Waikato Management School's Centre for Corporate and Executive Education, as well as student services.
It will feature a five-storey office tower and rooms at a below-ground level that will feature a "living lawn" roof. The tower will have vertical sunshade vanes to symbolise the tukutuku
reed panels of a traditional meeting house, natural ventilation, and glazed corridor walls for natural lighting. The tower will be linked below ground level to the existing Management building on Hillcrest Road – beside the lower entrance to the PWC lecture theatre at level 1, and between the existing computer labs at level 0.