Category Archives: Magazine

Steel Retrofit for Wellington’s McKenzie Building

The McKenzie Building at 222 Willis Street, Wellington, has undergone earthquake strengthening in preparation for a new lease of life. Built in reinforced concrete during the 1930s as a department store with warehousing, additions were made in the 1960s that now comprise the current structure of four buildings surrounding a four storey atrium.

Kilmore Street Medical Centre

–Quake Damage Control with High Seismic Performance– After the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, to undertake the design of a three-storey medical centre for construction in the CBD of Christchurch required considerable background research, an extensive review of the relevant engineering literature and a great deal of in-depth analysis. 

Ruamoko offers to share new advances in seismic design

In Maori mythology, Ruamoko is first and foremost the god of earthquakes: Ruamoko Solutions, established in Christchurch in 2006, is a firm of Consulting Structural Engineers specialising in structural design solutions that mitigate the damage

The Te Mihi Project — Contact Energy’s latest geothermal power station –

The Te Mihi project is a programme of investments focused on expanding the use of the Wairakei steamfield and reducing the environmental impact from Contact Energy’s Wairakei operations. Contact is investing around $750 million into the construction of a power station; development of the steamfield so that separated geothermal water can be re-injected;

New Tertiary Campus and Transport Interchange for Manukau City Centre

1 October 2012 “The new building is being constructed over a working rail station opened in early 2012… Our decision-making around this kind of development is based on land-use development outcomes; much emphasis is placed on intensification around transport nodes.”

Mubi River, Papua New Guinea – A bridge not too far for Eastbridge –

The 6.6-million tonne per annum PNG Liquefied Natural Gas Project is operated by Esso Highlands Limited, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation.The gas will be sourced from the Hides, Angore and Juha gas fields and from associated gas in the Kutubu, Agogo, Moran and Gobe main oilfields.

ASB North Wharf — A Wynyard Quarter Landmark for Auckland –

ASB North Wharf occupies sites 22 and 23 in Wynyard Quarter. A prescribed public lane, Te Wero Lane, extending from Jellicoe Street to Madden Street, is the central component of the public realm within the site and creates the pedestrian connectivity with the corporate realm.

Queenstown Motor Group Fast-tracks Showroom

Despite losing several days from the construction programme because of heavy snow and some severe weather, the building that houses the new Queenstown Motor Group dealership was completed in just four and a half months.

Harbour City Centre Seismic Upgrade – Leading Wellington by Example

Our geologists have told us over the years that for many of Wellington’s fine buildings and their occupants the threat of earthquake is real.

Carlton Butchery – Still A Christchurch Landmark –

Prior to the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Christchurch developer Richard Diver had been making plans for the Carlton Butchery building.

Christchurch Builds Temporary Stadium Superfast

As the Super Rugby season approached, Cantabrians and especially Christchurch folk needed the equivalent of a fast break to counter the quake damage done to AMI Stadium.

Saxton Oval Pavilion a winner for Nelson region

Saxton Field is a $50-million, 75 hectare sports-ground which, together with the $12-million Saxton Stadium,

Forsyth Barr Stadium by the Fabricators

Now that we’ve read all of the superlatives written about the Forsyth Barr Stadium,  it’s time to hear from the SCNZ fabricators who between them put 3,887 tonnes of steelwork, bracing and purlins into the now world famous icon.

Cost-effective, Handsome, Durable Car Parks

Following a preliminary design by Opus, the Auckland City Hospital Car Park was put out to design/build tender. Mainzeal, as one of New Zealand’s largest and most experienced commercial construction companies,

Eden Park Redevelopment

A major component of the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Eden Park is the new 22,000 seat, three-tier southern stand, which has 50 corporate boxes.

Innovative structure called for super accurate fabrication

Once the idea of developing a permanent terminal for Queens Wharf had been firmly placed on the back burner, the concept of an innovative, temporary RWC 2011 Festival Fanzone and Showcase began to gain currency.

Sandstone slopes present engineers with bridge design opportunity

Between Napier and Wairoa, State Highway 2 used to wind and twist its way through the Matahorua Gorge.

College Project Finished in Record Time

A consortium specialising in new projects for the Ministry of Education has completed Papamoa College in record time.

Wellington’s Indoor Community Sports Centre

In 2006 Wellington City Council called for expressions of interest in a12-court multi-purpose Indoor Community Sports Centre for the people of Wellington. It was to meet the current and future needs of sporting codes such as Netball, Basketball and Volleyball while supporting emerging indoor sports, schools and the wider community.

Truly Remarkable People — Nga Iwi Tumeke

That’s the Mission Statement of the Remarkables Primary School, but it could just as easily be an apt description of the Kiwis who designed and built it.