Victoria University of Wellington Rankine Brown Building

Victoria University of Wellington Rankine Brown Building

Project Overview

Sector: Education
Location: New Zealand – North Island
Year Completed: 2019

Project Features

  • Seismic enabling works
  • Use of scanning capabilities to map existing spatial allocations for reworks in the library and plant room
  • After hours shut down and works
  • Relocation of major plant equipment
  • Temporary ventilation works to support upgrades
  • Staged BMS and plant shut downs to support work schedule
  • Flexible scope of works to support necessary changes identified throughout the building works

Project Details

Working in partnership with the highly regarded LT McGuiness construction company, Benmax has recently completed work at Victoria University of Wellington undertaking seismic enabling works in the Rankine Brown Building. Following damage sustained in the 2016 earthquake, the building required considerable work to repair damage and bring it up to standard.

Working as part of a much larger project team operating across the building, Benmax demolished and relocated existing HVAC mechanical services and completed an upgrade of specific areas within the building to meet strict seismic strengthening requirements. This included the relocation of major plant equipment within the basement plantroom; after hours shut down and drainage of existing pipework reticulation systems; temporary ventilation works within the library to allow major seismic rework to riser shafts; the installation of new low level wall radiators throughout; and modification of existing pipe systems to facilitate the provision of new glazing line and seismic plane within the existing structure.

Due to the nature of the project, the scope of work remained fluid throughout and required a high level of communication with the builder. This enabled the team to expedite design changes and practical solutions to undocumented changes identified throughout the build ensuring budgets were maintained and the Client PQS was satisfied.

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