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.

Our Geo-tech & Fire Engineering teams add value with a key service around Health and Safety, the protection of lives, buildings, and businesses in the occurrence of seismic or fire events.

Geo-tech Expertise

Strata Group have a long history of geotech experience. Industry wide lessons have been learnt from the significant Earthquake events in NZ in recent years. Extensive observation and research has now shown that buildings that were properly conceived, designed, detailed, and constructed performed well in these events, irrespective of their age. The appropriate foundation system for a building is critical to the success, and must be suited to the Geo-tech conditions of the soil.

We identify robust and resilient solutions appropriate to site specific requirements. Our experience covers many significant projects, complex sites and all types of soils:

  • initial assessment of project complexity at the outset.
  • review records and existing data in the vicinity of the new project to understand the local geology.
  • recommend whether specialist Geotech Engineer and/or contractor should undertake site specific geotech testing.
  • work alongside expert Geotech engineers.
  • guide clients towards determine the appropriate foundation solutions.
  • as always balancing risks, with safety and costs for the best design.

Fire Engineering Expertise

We assess, design and implement fire safety precautions and fire spread prevention needed for individual properties and buildings. Our proven track record of providing cost effective Fire Engineering solutions, has been gained dealing with a variety of buildings from industrial, commercial, retail through to residential projects:

  • Comprehensive Assessment and Reporting of Fire implications of structures
  • Strategic design to maximize fire safety, efficiency and minimize cost
  • Use of appropriate materials for construction, evaluation and selection for both above ground and underground installations
  • Trusted relationships with Local Authorities, technical Fire Detection, Protection and Fire Fighting experts to call on.
  • Implementation of recommendations and requirements.

Strata Group’s Advantage

Comprehensive Knowhow

we bring extensive knowledge of this specific legislation, and the statutory requirements (such as the New Zealand Building Code and C/AS 1-7). We ensure project compliance, and the implementation of “Acceptable Solutions”, and the right balance of safety and buildability.

Adding Value

Strategic operators, we go the extra mile to understand our client’s future requirements.  We recognize when and how to incorporate the right expertise in a project, complementing the design process in the best way.

Experts on Hand

We work with a number of nation-wide experts who specialise in highly technical Geo-tech, fire detection, fire protection and fire fighting systems. Our longstanding relationships and good communication ensure we receive excellent, prompt service from our external specialist providers, contributing to a timely, quality cost effective project.

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

Phil Jackson, basketball coach