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Project:12 Madden Street – Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct, Auckland
The judges saw that the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct project represented a major transition in Jason’s career. With a background in delivering what Jason described as a “Liquorice allsorts” of predominantly fit-out projects, a 12.500m2 new build was a big step up in scale and complexity.
Just getting your project completed in a hot resource constrained Auckland market is tough, not just in procuring sub-contractors for the project, but also in keeping them on the job. To assist with the latter, Jason embedded a strong team culture that encouraged innovation and a whole-team mentality on the site. A key strategy in enabling open and regular communication between the contractor and the specialist trades, was to create a communal site shed at which the onsite team shared tea-breaks and lunch. Site barbecues were held frequently, and safe working practices were rewarded. A sense of inclusiveness characterised the site.
The site presented multiple challenges. The ground was contaminated with heavy metals, petrochemicals and asbestos, while the high tide mark sat approximately 1.5 metres below ground level. This solution to both was the first New Zealand installation of Corflex60 tanking system, which prevented both vapor and water ingress. This was an innovative solution, as was approaches to Health and Safety, usage of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Last Planner software. On a logistical level, the site was tightly surrounded by other construction activity. Roads were being redeveloped, which meant several closures with deliveries having to be closely monitored and managed.
A referee described Jason’s approach to the project as beings hands-on, while maintaining a detailed knowledge of the site challenges throughout the project. “Jason was very impressive in his ability to contribute to solving complex problems and generally to make things happen”. The project was delivered on time and within budget.