Special Character

  • Riverbend Bible Church

    Brief

    To provide geotechnical, structural, civil and fire engineering design as part of a design team from feasibility and concept through to construction completion.

    Project Outline

    This architecturally designed upgrade of the existing multi-use building, incorporated a new ablutions block and enclosed walkway linking the two facilities. The project included stormwater design, new foundations, steel frames, masonry and timber walls, as well as demolition and strengthening of existing brick walls.

    Challenges

    The geotechnical report indicated the site had geotechnical challenges which required upgraded foundation solutions including foundation ties and rafting.

    We were required to create a structural design that met the client’s criteria, while  minimally disrupting the interior of the multi-use building. This was achieved by applying strengthening to the exterior using buttressing structures for strengthening and structural framing of additional walkways and utility rooms.

    We also had to design on-site stormwater disposal solutions.

     

  • Maryknoll Chapel

    Brief

    To provide geotechnical, structural and fire engineering design from feasibility and concept through to the completion of construction.

    Project Outline

    The project involved an upgrade of the existing monastery accommodation block and construction of a new chapel. The development also included the upgrade of the accessway.

    Challenges

    The new chapel was a challenging structure, utilising curved glue-laminated timber rafters to form a dome on a sloping site.

  • Karamu High School Sculpture

    Brief

    To provide structural design from feasibility and concept through to the completion of construction.

    Project Outline

    The project involved foundation and super-structure design of a complex steel sculpture.

    Challenges

    The complexity of the structure required a combination of design modelling and on-site verification during fabrication.

    Outcome

    This work resulted in an aesthetically pleasing sculpture and a very satisfied client.

  • Hastings Courthouse Sculpture

    Brief

    To provide structural design from feasibility and concept through to completion of construction.

    Project Outline

    The project involved foundation and super-structure design of a complex steel sculpture.

    Challenges

    The complexity of the structure required a combination of design modelling and on-site verification during fabrication.

  • Greenmeadows New World Sculpture

    Brief

    To provide a structural design from feasibility and concept through to the completion of construction.

    Project Outline

    To design a metallic tree sculpture to be placed in the Greenmeadows New World carpark. The structure was 6m high and each leaf was different.

    Challenges

    Due to the unique structural form of the sculpture, the design was based on a series of prototypes which were fabricated and tested before finalising the design.

    Outcome

    The project was completed on time and on budget and is now an iconic feature of the supermarket.

Christchurch Engineering Projects

South Frame

BRIEF

The South Frame looks like an infrastructure project but its brief is more than that. It is a crucial urban regeneration project that provides

the means to promote and support the development in the Frame as well as protecting the core retail area.

 

PROJECT OUTLINE

The South Frame plays a crucial role in creating a greener, better connected, walkable and vibrant city centre for Christchurch. It

completes the ‘framing’ of the core by connecting the East Frame (Innovation Precinct) at one end and the Metro Sports Facility, the

Health Precinct and Te Papa Otkaro/Avon River to the west.

 

CHALLENGES

Concept design through to detail design and construction drawings along with consents were completed in one year by a multi-discipline

team headed by Callum Wood, who was seconded into CERA. This was a very ambitious programme that has been achieved.

Contaminated land and buildings to be modified to achieve the design have added complexities to the project along with facilitating

design integration of new buildings, that are at various stages in their own project development, across the 7 city blocks have been main

challenges.

 

OUTCOME

Two advanced works packages were let in early 2016 due to buildings needing laneways constructed around them at the same time and the

main works packages are currently being tendered for construction to commence mid 2016 through 2017.

 

Image courtesy of City Sense South.