New campus building earns construction company award

Leongatha 5star
Construction of GippsTAFE’s new Leongatha campus has earned the builder, Kirway Constructions, a prestigious award.

Kirway has been judged the Master Builders Association Commercial Builder of the Year in the south east region for its work on the state-of-the-art GippsTAFE Campus, which has already been recognised with a 5 Star Green Star Education Design v1 rating, the first in Australia.

GippsTAFE Chief Executive Officer, Dr Peter Whitley, applauded Kirway’s award. “We gave Kirway Constructions what I believe was quite a challenging task due to the environmentally advanced nature of the building, and they achieved it magnificently.

“We get constant comments from visitors and staff about what a wonderful building it is to work in and that is a credit to the architects, Paul Morgan Architects, for having the vision to design it and to Kirway Constructions for their excellent building skills.”

The award nomination noted that the GippsTAFE Learning Centre, designed to deliver training services in South Gippsland for general and specialty areas including hospitality and aged care, aimed from the start to achieve the 5 star green star rating.

“The building’s futuristic-styled performance envelope is designed to enhance natural ventilation, alleviating excessive solar heating and minimising extreme wind gusts around the building,” the award summary noted. “Inside the building the lively and diverse series of interior spaces are filled with a valley of light from sunlight reflectors and windows traversing the main corridor.”

The builder won two awards for its efforts, in the section for Construction of Commercial Buildings over $6 million and then the Regional Commercial Builder of the Year.

Located just five minutes from the centre of Leongatha, the new campus has purpose-built teaching spaces for nursing, aged care, disability, hairdressing and beauty, along with a state-of-the-art industry standard training kitchen and restaurant for Hospitality.

The building has a number of elements in its design and operation that have enabled it to meet the 5 Star rating criteria.

The building is monitored with a Building Management System, a weather station and sensors to allow it to respond to internal and external conditions, while zoned motion and daylight sensors reduce lighting in unoccupied or naturally lit areas.  Rainwater is collected and treated for reuse on the campus.

Heating and cooling is delivered via the sub floor space which acts as a tempered airspace to minimize energy use in cooling or heating the air.