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Work done whilst at BECA 2004-2011

ACG Parnell

A completely new private school building for the Academic Colleges Group, in the grounds of the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind (Bledisloe Estates Trust).

ACG Parnell | Auckland | 2004-2006

SK: BECA Job architect; Developed design to handover.

Includes classrooms, laboratories, music and drama rooms, art & design studios, gym and hall, staff rooms and facilities, offices, administration and two levels of car parking. Due to its urban location, the building was fully air conditioned, to control external traffic noise and internal temperature.

The structure was designed so that the educational fit-out could be removed and the building re-configured as residential accommodation or office space.

External claddings were chosen to be in sympathy with the surrounding urban Heritage, mostly of monolithic red-brick construction, with a visual aspect of weight and ‘depth’. This was agreed with the landowner client by the original design architect, who left the firm before the concept design was fully resolved. This design approach was reconciled with the current seismic and thermal standards, and to a tight budget – that tends to produce a lightweight and ‘thin’ appearance. The interior finishes were not designed under my direction.

The building was completed to budget, six weeks early.

Marshall Islands

Energy & Maintenance Building housing equipment for the supply and management of electrical power and drinking water; combined with workshops, storage and administration.

College of the Marshall Islands | Majuro | 2006-2009

SK: BECA Design & Job architect

Combined facility housing a reverse osmosis fresh water plant – powered by the PV panels on the roof; water storage & supply pumps, electrical control gear, back-up diesel generators, teaching & maintenance workshops, stores, offices.

One part of a wider Beca involvement with the Marshall Islands government, including infrastructure, education and airport upgrades.

ACG Strathallan

Arts and Technology teaching building for a recently established private school.

ACG Strathallan | Karaka | 2005-2010

SK: BECA Design architect & job manager (stage 2)

The building contains teaching rooms for Art, Technology, Drama, Music, IT/Design and Science labs. There is also a large Library, a lunchroom, WCs, careers rooms, stores and staff rooms. The larger spaces are designed to be divided up into classroom size spaces, if the school builds additional specialist buildings for music and drama. The construction was divided up into stages to suit available funding arrangements.

Project Forrester

Project Forrester : A high security Banking Datacentre

Project Forrester | Auckland | 2008-2009

SK: BECA Design architect, Job architect.

Industrial scale facility for the delivery of business critical banking data services to the Pacific region. Multiple redundancy power supply systems, allowing operations to continue if the local grid fails, or during a volcanic event.  The layout of the building was driven by the need to minimise the length of cable runs, and limit noise breakout to the surrounding suburban housing. 100 CCTV cameras keep the facility well monitored. The site includes numerous measures to resist anyone trying to attack the building with a gun, a bomb or a vehicle.

Fast-track design and build programme, including a detailed plan for future expansion of the facility.