In the Rotorua Government Gardens, where the buildings come from another era, there is something brand new.
It’s the Rotorua Energy Events Centre, tucked to one side of the old museum — a multi-purpose centre to provide Rotorua with premises for community cultural, sporting and entertainment activities.
The new centre is a large building capable of accommodating 2600 delegates for a seated banquet, a rock concert of 6000 unseated concertgoers and about 500 exhibition booths. Spread over 8000 sq m of floor space, it is designed for the varied needs of many different types of activities.
Tasman Aluminium, as a major sub-trade, worked closely with the designer, BGB Architects and the main contractor, Mainzeal Property & Construction, on the detailing and design of the aluminium joinery, with particular input being required on the curtainwalling at the front of the building.
Using the Elite Window & Door brand, Tasman Aluminium manufactured and installed 610 windows and 150 doors for the project. Of particular note is the six metre high, 118-metre long, sloping curtainwall.
The curtainwall changes from external joinery to internal joinery, creating complex weatherproofing and flashing requirements.
There are more than 100 hush shutter internal doors providing soundproofing between separate areas, and the front entry doors are an unusual configuration. They are frameless glass, triple stacker, automatic sliding doors, and with the glass etched with graphics makes a striking entry.