2006: Midcity Redevelopment and DOC Fitouts, $20m

Midcity Redevelopment and DOC Fit out $20m

Project Manager: Stephen Cummings

Site Managers: Philip Gray, Terry O’Brien & Bert Warda

This project was completed in 2006 and included a large number of interesting and challenging components. The project was for the conversion of a 1980’s cinema complex into an equivalent 5 Star Green Star rated office space for the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) new Head Office. The work was carried out over four levels to a podium structure with very limited access, whilst a 14 level office tower above, and integrated retail tenancies remained in operation. The demolition required extensive hands-on management and innovation to bring the project to successful completion.

The project was split into two P&G and Margin contracts, one for the base build reconfigurations, and one for the DOC office fitout.  The combined value of both projects was $20m. There was significant financial integration and management by McKee Fehl Constructors between the base building and tenant works to ensure satisfactory outcomes for both clients. McKee Fehl were an integral component of the design team, attending all design meetings and contributing throughout the project.

Our efforts were recognised by being awarded the Registered Master Builders ‘Gold Reserve’ Status, which is only achieved by a small percentage of projects nationally.

McKee Fehl worked to construct a environmentally friendly building that creates a healthy, safe, comfortable and productive modern work place environment. This project, designed and built prior to the Green Star programme in New Zealand, was built as the first refurbished development equivalent to 5-star Green Star office building.

The building utilises a number of passive and mechanical strategies to optimise the site’s potential and to minimise energy consumption. The use of low-VOC (volatile organic compound) emitting products and sustainable plantation timbers mean the building is in keeping with the Green Star philosophy of design and renewable resources.