PORTABUILD HELPS CHRISTCHURCH STUDENTS
GET BACK TO SCHOOL
The Christchurch’s earthquakes on 22nd February 2011 created enormous disruption across a city just starting
to recover from the earthquakes of the previous September.
For many of the city’s schools, far more significant damage to building and grounds meant students, teachers and parents would face another lengthy delay in the school year.
After a thorough assessment of its landmark buildings, Christ’s College took a novel approach to ensure students of one of the city’s leading secondary schools could continue their education as quickly as possible.
Twelve temporary classrooms were fitted and delivered by Portabuild in the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes, to house students whose classrooms had been damaged. Since then, a total of 14 classrooms – ideally sized for the school’s needs at 12m x 5.8m – and an office building have been installed by Portabuild to met the school’s ongoing requirements.
The majority of the units are now located in Christ’s College’s central quadrangle – sited to provide a convenient central location for students and faculty.
NEW LEARNING VILLAGES HELP UC RETURN TO BUSINESS AS USUAL
The February earthquake has seen the University
of Canterbury overcome significant challenges.
The University is open for business and well into its teaching programme in semester two.
In the immediate aftermath of the February earthquake, the University had to look outside the square to set up alternative learning sites to ensure students’ semester one studies were not unnecessarily interrupted.
The University worked with The Project Office along with its design consultants (including Warren & Mahoney, Powell Fenwick, Cosgroves, RMG), Hawkins construction teams, Spanbild and other suppliers to pull together and work through the challenging project to ensure that 15,000m2 of new teaching, office and social space was built on two learning village sites ready for occupancy in the shortest amount of time.
The University’s new Kirkwood Village and Dovedale Village provide faculty offices, tutorial spaces and small lecture theatres for classes of up to 60 students. Space is also allocated to the University of Canterbury’s Students’ Association and its retailers.
In total, more than 100 buildings were constructed for the campus, offering a welcome resource for staff and students eager to continue their studies and research.
NEW FACILITY FOR LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
When the Lincoln University faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGLS) needed
a temporary replacement building for one of its departments – Wine, Food and Molecular biosciences (WFMB Dept) – finding a timely and cost-effective solution was high on the list of priorities for one
of Christchurch’s most reputable educational establishments.
Working alongside project partners Arrow International, Spanbild designed, engineered, produced and constructed a new state-of-the-art research and teaching facility. Produced inside a 12 month period, the new facility was designed to meet a range of requirements, ranging from the speed of the build to the needs of the occupants in the way they planned to fit-out the space as a specialised research facility.
The Spanbild engineering
team was able to draw on
a range of proven designs –
as well as the systems and processes that had enabled
the team to respond to a number of rapid-build projects in the post-earthquake period – to create a solution that met
all Lincoln University’s needs.
The versatility of the building, both from a structural and design perspective, has meant the temporary Life Sciences facility provides a welcoming working environment for Lincoln University staff, with elements like window shades, angled corridors and internal light-wells accenting a very well-designed space.