Jon and Gerardine Haack, company directors at Haack Construction Ltd, were elated when their company was presented with the National Health Project Award in the RMB 2011 Commercial Project Awards for the Picton Emergency Operations Centre.
The building is a first in New Zealand, combining marine search and rescue with ambulance emergency services.
“We’re incredibly pleased for our client — a group of people who had a dream, and worked relentlessly and selflessly to make this project happen,” Ms Haack says.
Land complexities meant a vast number of site improvements were needed to minimise flooding. Additional engineering also went into the foundations, and tilt-up panels were added to ensure the required bracing met the industry standard.
Jon and Gerardine believe excellent workmanship, coupled with project design and quality materials, made the facility outstanding. The centre was designed to be low maintenance, and to make the most of the sun and natural light.
Judges said the centre is a “potential trendsetter, the architecture is exciting and executed beautifully”.
“The building is full of light and includes teaching facilities for the youth of Picton. Its functionality is first class and fit for purpose, yet it delivers a strong form that stands out in its built environment.
“It is a great example of a superb client relationship and exceptional project management where tight organisation and constant communication was key. It is a stunning community project of which the construction team can be proud,” judges said.
Haack Construction faced some challenges throughout the build, particularly around the budget.
“It was financed through community fund raising, so the budget was of paramount importance. But the objective was to get it into budget without compromise to the outcome or quality, and that was achieved,” Ms Haack says.
Mr Haack has been building for 37 years, and established Haack Construction in 1989, “with a beat up Datsun truck, a tonne of skill, energy and dreams, and always with the desire to exceed the client’s expectations”.
The company has been a long-time member of Registered Master Builders, joining 22 years ago.
“We recognised the need to support the building industry, and the RMBF provided this vehicle,” he says.
Haack Construction Ltd is currently working on a number of projects, including the restoration of a railway station historical building, a million dollar private dwelling, and a number of smaller projects.
The RMB Commercial Project Awards will be running separately to this year’s Registered Master Builders House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers.
Entries for the new commercial competition will now open in August 2012, with judging taking place in late 2012 and early 2013. The results will be announced at the inaugural RMB Commercial Project Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland in April/May 2013.
More details on the new RMB Commercial Project Awards will be available soon.