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Project:University of Auckland B405 Engineering, Auckland
This project involved the construction of a new building for the University of Auckland’s Engineering School, a 32,000m2 facility for post-graduate research. Designed by Jasmax, the project was constructed by Hawkins over 30 months. Getting the right contractors in a heated market was essential to meet the level of complexity and quality required. Planning was enhanced using BIM right from the outset, meaning everyone entered their information into the same model. The building has over 800 spaces, including laboratories needing specialist services. Creating the building in 3D allowed the project team to identify clashes and solve problems, meaning less re-work and fewer materials used.
Construction began in June 2017. At peak, 500 people were on-site each day requiring a strong Health & Safety culture. The building needed to be ready for the start of the academic year, so there was little room for movement in the programme. The project was completed before Christmas 2019, ready for the University to occupy in 2020.
For the judges, Steve and Paul were an example of a great team. They empowered the subcontractors, and had a young team to mentor and build into an effective project team. They made good use of technology on-site.