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Project:Te Tirohanga o te Tōangaroa – New Unilodge Student Accommodation, Auckland
Kalmar Construction became involved in this project when the previous contractor went into receivership. Te Tirohanga o te Tōangaroa is a twin-tower high-rise student accommodation facility, with 488 bedrooms in two adjoining towers over 15 floors.
When Kalmar took over, seven levels of the structure were incomplete. The tower and basement fitout had not begun, windows had only been installed on two levels, and the project was six months behind schedule. Furthermore, the subcontractors were fearful they would not be paid for the work they had done, winter was approaching, and 488 students were due to arrive in February. A new accelerated work programme was essential.
Nathan Halloran rose to the challenge. He prioritised assembling the team and drafted the tightest programme possible, obtaining buy-in from all concerned to get the students in on time. Health & Safety was front and centre, and good communication paramount.
On 10th February, the students started moving in. This was an outstanding achievement and the result of superb project management, dedication, and perseverance by Nathan and his team.
The judges commented that this was an excellent result given the previous contractor’s lack of planning. Nathan owned the programme and produced a quality outcome, earlier than originally envisaged.