Victoria University of Wellington Laby Building

Victoria University of Wellington Laby Building

Project Overview

Sector: Education, Health & Research
Location: New Zealand – North Island
Year Completed: 2019

Project Features

  • Construction of new NMR Laboratory with associated seismic requirements
  • Below ground level site under existing building
  • New HVAC systems including air conditioning FCU and associated fresh air piped services connected from existing services
  • Pre-work air and water balance of existing services to establish availability of key design performance parameters
  • Interconnections to existing laboratory air systems
  • Systems commissioned and integrated into the building operating system

Project Details

Awarded the HVAC mechanical contract by construction company LT McGuiness, Benmax recently completed work at Victoria University of Wellington on the construction of a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Laboratory at their Kelburn Campus.

The new laboratory is situated within the basement area of the Laby Building and is designed to house three new NWR machines along with an accessible work area for staff and students. An interesting feature of this project was the laboratory is technically positioned underground. The earth from the basement area of the existing building was excavated and cleared by the head contractor making way for the new facility.

Incorporating the existing services within the laboratory into the seismic design for the new construction presented a challenge for the team. The majority of services in and around the area were not already seismically treated and ensuring these existing elements and the new equipment locations were coordinated was essential to the success of the project.

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