WINNERS PROFILES

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2017 WINNERS

TONY KAVANAGH

HILTI PROJECTS $50 – $75 MILLION, EXCELLENCE AWARD 2017

Company:Arrow International (NZ) Hamilton

Project:Rototuna Junior & Senior High School, Hamilton

Role:Project Manager/Design Manager


At almost 20,000m², the combined Rototuna Junior and Senior High Schools represent the largest new-build school commissioned by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in over 30 years. Arrow were engaged to deliver a Design Build project with a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). Tony was new to Arrow, and inherited a tight price and a programme that one consultant described as “challenging on a number of fronts”.

The school had to be completed and handed over within 11 months of Arrow being awarded the contract, and this included design work. The programme was under constant pressure, with budget issues and slow approvals processes creating delays.

As a Design Build, Tony was heavily involved in design decisions throughout, notably his proposal for an alternative foundation methodology, and his review of the HVAC design. Though new to both Design Build and GMP projects, he became a quick study however, and developed the ability to apply his newfound understanding of; design intent, how form and function are interpreted, and what it means to reflect a technical brief.

This was a big, tough, stressful project that required a high level of skills and determination to see the new school open as it was scheduled to. As one referee commented, “if you have a seemingly impossible task in front of you, hire this man!”