The construction of the new Building 405 at the University of Auckland has recently reached roof Level (Level 12). To celebrate the achievement of this milestone, the majority of our design team made the short hop from our Parnell office to the Grafton Road site on a sunny October Friday afternoon, to see what has been a fairly long term design project for many of our engineers and drafts-people.
Hawkins are the main contractor on the project, and several of their staff gave us a guided tour of the building. It was rewarding to see the size and scope of the structure we designed and the speed at which it’s gone up. The clean safe site that Hawkins run, really shows off the structural design.
The seismic bracing system and the large 500mm square steel columns are very impressive to see. The exposed steel pinned connections have made construction faster and complement the appearance of the structure. Hawkins have begun installing the rooftop plantroom steelwork, and the Jasmax feature curtain wall is being installed at the lower levels.
It’s all looking very flash and gives the University of Auckland engineering students a great new facility to move into near the end of 2019.