While over the year there was a slight easing of pace, the work came in waves, with some very busy times followed by some times for taking stock. Overall, this year has been one of consolidation, with our stable team of engineers and technicians working well with the systems we now have in place and which we continue to refine.

Projects

Again, this year has seen a wide range of projects being worked on, from domestic alterations and additions, through to large industrial buildings.

The new industrial subdivision at Tauriko has been the site of a number of new developments we have worked on including a new warehouse for Morgan Furniture by Big Shed Co Ltd, a new factory, warehouse and offices for Atlantis Bathroom Style, numerous tenancy units for Pollock Developments and new headquarters for SNS Construction.

We have worked on further new Placemakers outlets in New Plymouth, Warkworth and Levin.

We have started the engineering design on a further development in thriving Wanaka, – a three level retail / office/ accommodation in the CBD.

We have also worked on many developments in and around Tauranga City Airport, from small hangar developments, to extensions to the main airport terminal building, to very large warehouse developments on the airport leased commercial land.

Our specialty in Kiwifruit post harvest facilities continues to keep us busy with more than 20 coolstore rooms being added to sites in the Bay of Plenty for this season, as well as packhouse and canopy extensions.

We continue to provide a technical design and support service for Polyphen, the fire resistant coolroom insulation panel which is now having an impact in the market place, providing a viable locally produced solution for the insurance industry’s concern over the flammability of polystyrene panel. This market has had further stimulus as a result of the large coolstore fires at Tamihere, Katikati and Hastings.

Our specialist design expertise in light steel framing for buildings, ranging from residential housing up to large portal framed sheds, has again resulted in an increasing stream of projects from throughout the country. From our involvement with NASH (National Association of Steel-Framed Housing) it is apparent that the use of light steel framing is being adopted by more in the housing market and this form of construction is really starting to come of age.

Allied to this field, has been testing work for supermarket shelving, and the bracing design for a number of warehouse racking installations for Southward Shelving & Racking Solutions.

Environmental Matters

Environmental considerations for the construction industry and the country continued to receive a lot of attention this year.

As Members of IPENZ we are committed to recognising and respecting the need for sustainable management of the planet’s resources and endeavouring to minimise adverse environmental impacts of our engineering activities for both present and future generations.

To enhance this commitment, Redco has enrolled in the EnviroSmart programme run by Landcare and sponsored by the Ministry for the Environment and by the Tauranga City Council. This two year programme focuses on improving the environmental performance and resource use efficiency of businesses, and benchmarks them on the Enviro-Mark NZ scale leading to ISO 14001 registration. We have now progressed to the Silver level of this programme.

We are now members of the Sustainable Business Network and have also been on the Green Star NZ training programme run by the NZ Green Building Council leading to achieving Green Star Accredited Professional status.

Quality Assurance

This year we achieved our ISO 9001 certification from Telarc SAI. This formal certification of our quality management systems demonstrates our commitment to quality, productivity and customer satisfaction. Telarc SAI will now regularly audit our systems and their operation to ensure we are maintaining our ability to deliver services that consistently meet our client’s requirements.

Looking Forward

In these uncertain economic times it is very difficult to foresee what 2009 will bring – if international influences prevail and the situation continues to deteriorate, then we trust the systems we have in place and the quality of the service we provide will ensure we are able to gain sufficient work to see us through.

If, however, the recession the country has been experiencing this year is as bad as it gets, and the lower interest rates, lower fuel prices, lower taxes, lower construction material costs and the new government’s “rescue” measures all have a positive effect, then we have every confidence in progressing well through next year.