University Senate has approved the proposed name for Banyo’s new landmark building, naming it Saint John Paul ii Builing. The three storey facility, due for completion later this year, will have a commanding position within the campus community.
Naming the building after one of the world’s most recently anointed saints was welcomed by student leaders involved in the initial proposal, acknowledging the building will likely become known affectionately as the ‘JP2 Building.’
The ground floor of the building will be dedicated to student learning and support together with a flexible learning space to seat 150 people. The first floor will house Health Sciences, with state-of-the-art simulation labs for physiotherapy and speech pathology. The top floor will be the new home for the School of Business and the headquarters for the renowned Learning Sciences Institute, Australia.
The design of the Saint John Paul II Building is contemporary yet reverential to the existing heritage buildings on campus. A new sculpture of Saint John Paul II will be placed within the Space.