JON HAAGH

DIRECTOR, PRINCIPAL ENGINEER

With 20 years’ experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I have led design for a range of structures - from sculptural and educational projects to multi-storey commercial, residential, retirement and carpark buildings.

I provide innovative structural engineering input that stands the test of time to projects for developers, architects, building owners and contractors who:

  • are designing or developing a new building

  • are planning alterations to an existing building

  • have received advice from their local Council about the seismic grading of their building

My diverse experience on a range of different building types from aquatic centres and large-scale commercial through to multi-storey residential means I can work up solutions to complicated problems. This sometimes involves finding new and better ways of doing things.

 

If you choose to work with me you can expect me to communicate clearly and regularly with everyone in the design team to make sure that:

 

  • I understand your desired outcomes

  • I meet these as well as agreed timeframes, and

  • my work is coordinated with that of the architect

Examples of my work, that demonstrate this innovation include:
  • Waiparuru Hall Jon led the structural design of the largest catered school leaver hall in New Zealand, which is to open in 2020. It will be home to 786 residents across two towers. To improve structural performance and increase future flexibility, SDL advocated for the post-tensioned floors to be used in lieu of tradition beam and slab construction, which was further researched and accepted by the contractor.

  • Hazeldean Office & Carpark buildings, Christchurch.These projects were the first in NZ to use buckling restrained braces for their primary stability systems.

  • The Diocesan School for Girls Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Auckland. The development of post- tensioned timber box beams helped Structure Design win a design excellence award at the 2009 Timber Design awards.

  • Tall Tree and the Eye, Anish Kapoor. The challenges on this sculpture, our first of several similar sculptures, were numerous, requiring intensive collaboration between teams and tackling unique problems, such as designing a shipping container to carry the sculpture from Auckland, New Zealand to London, England and finally on to Bilbao, Spain.

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons), 2000

  • Member NZ Structural Engineering Society

  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)

  • International Professional Engineer (IntPE)

  • Member, Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (MIPENZ)

  • Member, Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC)

  • Member, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE)

Geyser Building (Suite 207),

100 Parnell Road, Parnell

Auckland 1052

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