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Company:Cook Brothers Construction
Project:Air New Zealand Campus 1A and Landscape Project, Auckland
The project involved the conversion of Air New Zealand’s existing engineering and campus base at Auckland Airport into a suite of new building fit-out and landscaping packages. Cook Brothers were engaged under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) model, with Craig involved at the outset. With the original building having been constructed in the 1960’s, ECI allowed for buildability to be addressed from the start.
With Air New Zealand so invested in quality, this was a project that needed someone who understood and appreciated design and detail. Michael’s background as a cabinet-maker, including super yacht fit-outs proved to be beneficial. It was always expected that the existing building would throw-up a few unforeseen challenges, and this proved to be the case.
There were 24/7 operational aspects of working at an airport that necessitated strong Health & Safety processes. In addition, the airport’s Green Star site classification meant that there was a focus on recycling and safe management of hazardous substances, including management of un-plotted fuel tanks that were discovered during the build.
Craig had the ability to work through issues and to develop solutions. One referee said that Craig “came to meetings with problems solved without us knowing there was something wrong in the first place.”