By Ngau Kai Yan
It promises brand new study areas, an even bigger food court, an indoor sports hall, tennis courts. But more than that, Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s latest renewed building, Block 22, is Green Mark Platinum certified
The certification is awarded only to buildings that showcase environmental design and performance and the block’s energy and water conservation practices have allowed it to be branded as a “green” block.
According to Mr Tan Sung Yam, Senior Manager at the Estate Development Office, the extensive green lawn, an icon of Block 22, is Ngee Ann’s new “green lung” that is a “buffer” between nearby blocks.
In addition, Block 22 collects and harvests rainwater and condensation from air conditioning units for watering the campus landscape. The electric heater for hot water showers on level 2 uses a solar water heating system.
“Block 22 is very student-centric,” adds Mr Tan. Facilities and spaces are specifically developed for students.
Ngee Ann’s second largest food court has 16 stalls, and close to a thousand seats. Food Club offers Taiwanese, Japanese and even Shanghainese cuisine.
Do not be alarmed by the regular announcements around Food Club, for it is part of Ngee Ann’s new initiative to encourage students to return their trays.
Basketball, netball and floorball are some of the sports that can be played in this multi-purpose sports complex. Twice the size of Block 20’s sports hall, it will also be used as a venue for the upcoming common tests.
Levels 3 & 4
The Student Services Office is now located here to serve students more efficiently. Along with new facilities, the new office is visually appealing. Spanning two floors and connected by a spiralling stairwell, the luxurious student lounge boasts new options for students to catch up with their homework at. The third floor is similar to Ourspace, comprising coffee tables and seats for students to study, relax and bond. Level 4 showcases study pods for students. An alternative to the library for some, it also has 21 Student Project Rooms, which accommodates up to six students a room and also contains a widescreen monitor in each.
An open space on the roof not only allows students to have a wide-angle view of the campus, but also provides them with yet another study venue in the block. Free of tables and chairs, this open-air deck allows students to utilise this space creatively, be it for dance practices or skit rehearsals.
Tennis fans would be glad to know that three more tennis courts have been added to the Polytechnic’s facilities. Members of the Tennis Club CCA and Tennis students from Sports and Wellness classes can look forward to engaging in this sport at more locations now.