Campus and building development updates

As part of a major capital development programme, AUT’s campuses have undergone and continue to undergo significant development to improve student and staff experiences at AUT.

AUT City Campus

Nga Wai Hono - The Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences building (WZ)

Nga Wai Hono (WZ), officially opened by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, is home to AUT’s School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

The building is designed to reflect the evolution of teaching and learning in tertiary education.

The state-of-the art building acts as a ‘living laboratory’ where theoretical lessons are brought to life by showcasing how theory from the classroom has been applied to WZ’s building design.

Services in ceilings are left exposed, plant rooms have glazed walls so students can see the inner workings of the building, and students and staff can use the Building Management System (BMS) to test and collect data. There are also structure testing labs and a seismic shake table that will help with AUT’s world-class research in these areas.

  • Cost: $120 million
  • Size of building: 18,000 m²
  • Sustainability measures included in design of building: high performance external facades and sun shading to limit energy consumption and improve natural light distribution, low energy-use light fittings

From April 2021 the top four floors of WZ are also being completed. The fitout of these floors is expected to finish in 2022 and will see more teaching and staff space as well as study and social areas added to the building.

WZ building from Symonds Street

WZ building from inside

Photographer: Jason Mann

WQ Building: new student accommodation

A new 697- bed student residence has been developed on Mayoral Drive at the AUT City Campus. These high-spec studio units include a king single bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave, study desk and chair, bathroom and storage space.

The building also includes a recreation centre and sports gym, shared study space as well as social and dining spaces and staff office space. Located just one-minute from the City Campus, the apartments also have onsite security 24 hours a day.  Twenty five units are also available for students with special access needs.

WQ building visualisation

AUT South Campus

Mana Hauora (MH) Building

Mana Hauora (MH) Building was officially opened by the Prime Minister Bill English. MH provides additional large and small lecture spaces, collaborative social learning areas for students, computer labs, function and conference space, research and postgraduate areas.

  • Cost: $56 million
  • Size of building: 11,000 m²
  • Sustainability measures include: future provision for on-site stormwater processing management and treatment, on-site waste water system with botanical wetland, facade and building services solutions to reduce energy consumption

M1 Level 2 - Atrium

M1 Building from the heart

Photographer: Zee Shake Lee

AUT North Campus

Current campus updates

  • Earthworks for North Campus’ newest building are complete.The construction of the 4-storey A1 building has been delayed due to COVID-19. Plans are being developed for the next phase of construction.
  • Once complete, A1 will create a social ‘heart’ for the North Campus as well as bringing greater connectivity around the campus. It will provide more teaching and postgraduate space for the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, as well as more student space and a new café.

South facade render

Atrium render

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