Emergency Coordination Centre, Tauranga

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council required a fitout to provide a venue from which disaster responses could be managed for the Bay of Plenty.

The design caters for differing group sizes and has meeting rooms, open plan areas, a Hot-ops desk and kitchenette. Seismic resilience was incorporated in the design to allow operations to continue after a seismic event. Complex framing and bracing details were required along with careful design and installation of building services to also cater for movement. Suspended services were deliberately left exposed to be readily accessible in the event of an earthquake so any repairs would have limited impact on operations. Switchable glass screens were included in the design of the Hot-ops area.

A stand-alone plant platform was installed on the roof to cater for the mechanical plant which only serves the emergency coordination space.

The project was successfully delivered within the contract period.

BOP Regional Council
Project Value
$2 million
December 21 - June 22
Architect: Ignite, Structural Engineers: Holmes Consulting, Project Managers: Greenstone Group, Mechanical Engineer: Jacksons, Electrical Engineer: Thomson Group, Data Engineer: Torque IP
Rachael Burgess - BoP Regional Council

The challenge

Access to the work area was not practical through the building so external access to the site was established with an external scaffold, stair and using a scissor hoist to lift materials to the third and fourth floors. Window glazing was removed on two levels and temporary doors were fitted. The temporary scaffold structure was shrink wrapped
to provide weather protection. The project was delivered during covid lock downs. By separating site operations from Council staff and the public that visit the building daily, managing the risk of covid infection was made simpler.

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