This year has been a busy one with a stream of work out of Christchurch as well as our usual work in the Bay of Plenty and Auckland.
Earthquakes certainly have changed the landscape in more ways than one. Not only is the Christchurch CBD a shadow of its former self, but everyone now sees the world a little differently following the reality of a really big one in our time and space.
Our Auckland office in East Tamaki is now well established with our three professional engineers, Athir, Han and Shaun, having been joined by Ed and Emma to provide their engineering/draughting and receptionist/admin services.
This office has handled the design and construction monitoring of the Stoddard Road Shopping Centre, a factory fit-out in Highbrook, and alterations & additions to the Maraetai Beach Boating Club among other projects for our Auckland based clients. In addition this office is handling most of the reporting and design for the insurance remediation work we are working on in Christchurch.
In Christchurch we share office space with Bauen Design Management and the Logic Group and have our inspection engineer, Richard based there. Professional engineer Antony Cook is also based in Christchurch.
And our main office in Tauranga continues to develop with extra structural and fire engineering expertise being added this year.
This year has still seen a wide range of projects being worked on, from domestic alterations and additions, through to large commercial buildings, including many swimming pools, container based buildings, and some steel water tanks.
In addition, the re-build work in Christchurch has picked up strongly, particularly with the insurance remediation work on the damaged houses, but also on some commercial buildings.
In Christchurch we have also worked on a new commercial development for CBC Construction, a new factory for ZOG steel framing production, and a grain storage building for Tegel Foods.
We have provided the structural engineering design on the new radiotherapy clinical services building – the Kathleen Kilgour Centre – at the Tauranga Hospital. This state of the art building is being project managed by the Building Intelligence Group and will provide radiotherapy treatment and support for patients from the Bay of Plenty to complement the chemotherapy services already available from the adjacent Cancer Centre. Fletcher Construction is now well advanced with the construction.
In Rotorua we provided design work in conjunction with Architecture FDA on premises for Mitre 10 Mega, Hunting & Fishing and Cobb & Co
In Tauranga we worked on the ANZ Centre at 247 Cameron Road and the ASB Centre at 518 Cameron Road.
We have also worked on a number of office and retail projects in Tauranga for JWL Investments, including the Mitre 10 Mega outlet at Gate Pa, and boutique office blocks in Courtney Road.
The new industrial subdivision at Tauriko has continued to be the site of a number of new developments we have worked on including new purpose built premises for Gartshores with the Architectural Design Group, and a number of workshop/warehouse developments for Bob Clarkson.
We are also completing the design of a new warehouse for Sparkling Spring water bottling plant at National Park.
With the invasive creep of the Psa bacteria into kiwifruit orchards in the Bay, there has not been any call for design work with Kiwifruit post harvest facilities this season. This infection has already had, and will continue to have, a very serious impact on growers and on the wider economy. However, the new resistant cultivars for Gold Vines are bringing positivity back into the industry.
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. The laboratory tested and field proven seismic resistance has certainly enhanced the image. And the Part 2 NASH Standard will also assist when it is released next year.
We have continued to provide engineering design for fabric membrane structures, including standard tents for Baytex and work on other structures from shade sails to circus tents.
With our full complement of excellent technical staff – five senior engineers, three graduate engineers, and six engineering technicians – we have the depth and range of expertise to enable us to provide an excellent service for virtually any project in our field of practice.
Graham ran the Auckland Half Marathon again, finishing in the top ten in his age group and raising nearly $2,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation,
And in the spirit of Christmas, Redco this year is making a donation through Rotary to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort in the Philippines.
With the strong growth in the economy ahead, particularly in the construction industry, we look forward to a promising year in 2014.