Charles Sturt University (CSU) in partnership with the Goulburn Ovens (GO) Institute of TAFE has developed a Regional University Centre (RUC) at the existing Rural Industries Goulburn Ovens TAFE campus, Tone Road Wangaratta, the project is currently under construction and due for completion in May 2014.
CSU chose the Wangaratta GOTAFE campus due to its successful standing and national profile in agriculture and animal production, which both programs CSU support.
It is anticipated the RUC model will deliver degree programs at the GOTAFE campus articulate with existing TAFE programs.
The key objective of the new facility is to prepare and educate the next generation of vet nurses, agriculturalists, horticulturalists and nurses for rural and regional Australia. This will be facilitated in the new development with the construction of a 40 student animal anatomy and wet laboratory with PC2 capacity and provide a preparation area to service this.
The building currently under construction incorporates the following green principles:
- A design that provides good levels of daylight, lighting, thermal comfort and internal noise for building users.
- Mixed use air conditioning and mechanical ventilation to reduce energy consumption by means of natural and mechanically assisted ventilation.
- Roof mounted hot water solar panels to assist in conserving the use of natural gas.
- Selection of energy and water efficient equipment.
- Selection of materials and finishes that are not a health risks to construction workers and occupants.
- A design that is considering life-cycle-costs of the facility and its operation to the client
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