March 07 2015 0Comment
Engineering Structures

University’s new engineering facility – more than meets the eye

Scarbro Construction, who won the tender to construct the UoA Faculty of Engineering Structures Hall (Building 906), along with dedicated suppliers such as Firth, have invested more than a year in getting this unique building completed for occupation by the engineering department.


The four-storeyed concrete and steel facility houses the largest seismic testing facility in Australasia and will form part of the UoA’s Newmarket campus.


“This project is unique to New Zealand and is a huge step up from the original facility that the University had, so it was important that we investigated and researched the build ability,” said Michael Cairns, Project Manager for Scarbro Construction. “We worked with Australian firm Kane Construction who built a similar facility at Melbourne’s Swinburne University in 2011. This allowed us to discuss and compare building methodologies which imparted further confidence that our approach was comparable.”


The facility was built as two separate buildings converging only on the top floor to become a unified structure. For Cairns this enabled ease of management as two separate teams worked concurrently on what was treated as two projects for the majority of the build.


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