THE construction of Trinity College’s Gateway Building will lead to more facilities that students and staff of the college will benefit from. Trinity College Foundation Studies students Qin Minzhi, Ahmed Ainuddin and Peter Leung spoke to Director of Major Projects and Infrastructure, Gary Norman, about the new building.
A new building constructed for Trinity College Foundation Studies students will arrive on August 22, offering more facilities for students and staff of the college.
The building, named the Gateway Building, will serve as the centre for various educational and cultural programs at Trinity College.
The Gateway Building will have four levels which will include the basement, ground floor and two upper levels. It will consist of a 300 seat auditorium, 25 classrooms, a physics laboratory, five drama rooms and five music practice rooms. A gallery presenting the college’s history and other cultural collections will also be installed.
Common spaces for students will also be available and will come furbished with computers, tables, sofas and a student kitchen.
Gary Norman, Director of Major Projects and Infrastructure, has been busy overseeing the building’s construction and says the idea for this new building was first conceived in 2010 when the need for a performing arts centre arose. Plans shifted once it had been decided that the centre would become an educational facility.
Approval of the building’s construction took some time getting off the ground as ideas on the building’s design, functionality and flexibility needed consultation from students, staff members, the College Board, and other relevant committees.
A walkway between the Leper Library and the Gateway Building, for example, has been erected to make travelling between both buildings more convenient. Other features such as the Gateway Building’s solitary elevator have been designed with students’ health in mind, as Mr Norman hopes it will encourage students to get more exercise.
Furthermore, the Gateway Building has also been designed to be environmentally sustainable. A tank, located underground, will store rainwater passing through the building’s roof which will then be used to irrigate the landscape. Mr Norman also mentions that recycled timber has been used for the building’s construction. Motion detected light sensors will also be installed.
Serving as a purpose built facility for students tired of moving from one building to the next, Mr Norman envisions that all these features will help make the new Gateway Building become a social and academic hub for all students. In other words, once the building is open to students on August 22, they’ll be able to make themselves at home.
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