A deceptively simple building


Winner: Registered Master Builders Supreme Award for the 2016 New Zealand Commercial Project

Education Project Award

Commercial Project Over $15 million VALUE Award

Project: University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering Research Building 906

Owner: University of Auckland

Entrant: Scarbro Construction (Construction Company)

Project Partners: Jasmax (Architect/Designer), RCP (Engineer)


Judges’ comments:

This deceptively simple building houses a Test Hall, together with labs and research/office spaces, and is located on what was previously an industrial site.

Boasting what is currently one of the largest seismic testing capabilities in Australasia, the Test Hall is designed to inform the New Zealand building industry, as well as selected research projects throughout the world.

The Hall itself is an exemplar in concrete construction – both pre-cast and insitu – with massive wall and floor components constructed to exacting dimensional tolerances.

The office component of the building is also well put together, with state-of-the-art features including solar chimneys for natural ventilation. 

Several innovative construction solutions were the product of a
close and positive relationship within the whole client/builder/consultant team. 

The University of Auckland Facility of Engineering Research Building 906 has many features, and deservedly achieves the highest recognition of these awards. 

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