The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Performing Arts Precinct, Christchurch CBD
Cashmere High Sports Facility, Christchurch
Cathedral Grammar Junior School, Christchurch
Don Beaven Medical Research Centre, 40 Stewart Street, Christchurch
NZ Blood Service Building, Christchurch
Russley Primary School Hall and Multi-purpose Facility, Christchurch
Mt Pleasant School Redevelopment, Christchurch
Russley Village - Blocks A, B, C, D, E, F, Christchurch
Angus Tait Building Strengthening, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Christchurch Art Gallery Base-Isolation Retrofit Project
Bishop Julius New Accommodation Block & Miscellaneous Seismic Strengthening, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Rangitane Cultural Centre, Blenheim
Wesley Care Resthome - Stages 1 and 2, Harewood Road, Christchurch
9 Humphreys Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch
Student Services Building Strengthening, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Beat Box, Art Box, Hospitality and Office Modules, Christchurch CBD
Boxed Quarter, 270 St Asaph Street, Christchurch
Ground Penetrating Radar Boom, Scott Base, Antarctica
Transpower Extensions, Gilberthorpes Road, Christchurch
The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Performing Arts Precinct, Christchurch CBD

Project Cost: $17M

Architect: Wilkie + Bruce Architects Ltd

Project Director: Julian Ramsay

Project Description:

Set in the heart of the Christchurch CBD, this set of buildings contain world-class facilities for music, including a 350 seat auditorium and a three-storey teaching block. Both buildings share a common ground-floor podium structure.

Structural features of this building include an innovative re-levelable slab foundation system with cast-in services on top of a gravel raft, acid-washed exposed charcoal finished precast concrete panels, large open auditorium areas, glazed facades, and the use of concrete filled steel columns to eliminate the need for intumescent painted fire rating where columns are exposed to view.  

Cashmere High Sports Facility, Christchurch

Project Cost: $3M

Architect: Ian Krause Architects Ltd

Project Director: Julian Ramsay

Project Description:

This building was completed just before the recent Canterbury earthquakes. Ruamoko Solutions proposed that given the high liquefaction potential in the area, this building incorporated a lightweight re-levelable floor on a gravel raft. While the surrounding area experienced significant surface liquefaction in the earthquakes, the building was able to be immediately used  and proved to be a successful facility for the school. Other innovations were sub-slab tie downs to make use of the weight of the gravel raft to minimise foundation size, and precast foundations which allowed for rapid construction.

The building features a netball court, several basketball courts, grandstand facilities and changing and learning areas.

Cathedral Grammar Junior School, Christchurch

Project Cost: $3M

Architect: Tezuka Architects & Andrew Barrie (TA+ABL)

Project Director: Grant Wilkinson

Project Description:

This building structure comprises a fully interlocking CNC cut LVL timber structure which arrived on site ready to assemble. The LVL frames were meticulously designed and manufactured to ±0.5mm accuracy to ensure perfect fit and structural performance. This construction technique is likely a first for New Zealand and certainly for Christchurch, and the building is a showcase for engineering, carpentry and craftsmanship.

The Junior School design is a Japanese concept consisting of seven classrooms, a common room, office, and amenities, all arranged around a central courtyard. There is a large roof deck with a slide down to the ground.

The project attracted a lot of positive attention from passers-by during construction, and in turn the contractors all thoroughly enjoyed working on the building. 

Ruamoko Solutions won a Merit Award at the 2016 ACENZ Innovate NZ Award of Excellence for their work on this project, and the project won a Craftsmanship Award at the ArchitectureNow Interior Awards 2016.

Don Beaven Medical Research Centre, 40 Stewart Street, Christchurch

Project Cost: $2.5M

Architect: Richard Proko Ltd

Project Director: Cameron MacPherson

Project Description:

This medical research facility is a three-storey commercial building completed in 2010. Designed before the Canterbury earthquakes, the building performed well and remained fully functional throughout the earthquake sequence. The facility was officially opened in September 2011 by Prime Minister John Key and includes a centre of excellence to study diabetes in New Zealand. Construction is of ductile concrete frames with concrete rib & infill and unispan flooring, precast concrete walls and roof level steel portal frames.

NZ Blood Service Building, Christchurch

Project Cost: $15M

Architect: Wilkie + Bruce Architects Ltd

Project Director: Grant Wilkinson

Project Description:

This prominent building in central Christchurch sits adjacent to the Blenheim Road overpass and Moorhouse Avenue intersection.

Due for completion in August 2014, this highly serviced building features innovative sub-slab tension tie-downs to provide economical foundations by using weight of the gravel raft to prevent large conventional foundations above the raft. 

This project won a  Gold Award at the 2015 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. The awards are an annual celebration of excellence in commercial construction. In addition, the building won a Judges Choice Award at the 2015 Property Council NZ Southern Excellence awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 ACENZ Innovate NZ Awards of Excellence (click here for more information).

Russley Primary School Hall and Multi-purpose Facility, Christchurch

Project Cost: $2.5M

Architect: Ian Krause Architects Ltd

Project Director: Julian Ramsay

Project Description:

This project consists of an assembly hall and multi-purpose rooms spread over a 1,000 square metre footprint. Construction included structural steel portal frames, concrete block, and conventional foundations. The facility has been highly successful and a welcome addition to the school and its community.

Mt Pleasant School Redevelopment, Christchurch

Project Cost: $2.5M

Architect: Wilkie + Bruce Architects Ltd

Project Director: Cameron MacPherson

Project Description:

Ruamoko Solutions carried out the structural design for three new school buildings at Mt Pleasant School. The buildings included 10 classrooms, shared rooms and amenities, a new administration block, offices, staff room, and library. The single-storey construction was of precast panel end walls, steel portal and cantilever post design for seismic loads, lightweight timber bracing, steel roof rafters and ‘doughnut’ shaped ceiling bracing diaphragms.

Russley Village - Blocks A, B, C, D, E, F, Christchurch

Project Cost: $50M (total)

Architect: Dalman Architecture Ltd, ASC Architects

Project Director: Grant Wilkinson

Project Description:

Ruamoko Solutions has a long history of work on this project, having completed six large blocks of retirement accommodation with a combined value of approximately $50 million. 

Ruamoko Solutions is continuing work on this exciting project that provides a positive retirement experience for its residents. 

Angus Tait Building Strengthening, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Project Cost: $2.5M

Architect: Warren & Mahoney

Project Director: Julian Ramsay

Project Description:

Following the successful work carried out by Ruamoko Solutions on the Primary Data Centre at the University of Canterbury, they were then commissioned to strengthen to Importance Level 3 (IL3) the oldest building on the Ilam Campus to serve as the secondary Data Centre. This strengthening required innovative approaches such as "horseshoe" clips to frames, and tanked subterranean foundation beams to spread seismic load to existing piles. These strengthening methods were successfully implemented to so they were minimally intrusive to this iconic building which was one of the first on campus to be strengthened post-earthquake.

This building won an award in the Heritage Category at the 2015 New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards, and won a Merit Award at the 2016 ACENZ Innovate NZ Award of Excellence.

Christchurch Art Gallery Base-Isolation Retrofit Project

Project Cost: $20M

Client: Fulton Hogan Ltd

Project Director: Grant Wilkinson, Cameron MacPherson

Project Description:

Ruamoko Solutions was chosen by contractor Fulton Hogan as structural design engineers on one of the largest and most complex projects completed by Ruamoko to date - the seismic retrofit of the landmark Christchurch Art Gallery building with base isolators.

The project involved the installation of 140 triple-curvature friction pendulum bearings below the ground floor of the existing Art Gallery Building. These base isolation bearings significantly reduce the seismic actions transferred to the building in an earthquake, greatly improving the expected performance of the building and its valuable artwork in earthquakes.

The base isolation design ensures that the building can move up to 550mm in each direction during a large earthquake. The actions from the isolators, including the large eccentricities, induce significant actions on the existing structure different to its original design. The retrofit covered a wide range of column strengthening, beam strengthening, wall strengthening, seismic joint rattle spaces, cover plates, suspended lifts and stairs and many other unique aspects. Together with the tight timeframe and construction constraints, the project provided many structural challenges for the Ruamoko Solutions team and required a high level of innovation and specialist knowledge.

Ruamoko Solutions won a Silver Award at the 2016 ACENZ Innovate NZ Award of Excellence for their work on this project.

Grant Wilkinson was project director for the original construction of the Christchurch Art Gallery project whilst a director at Holmes Consulting Group in 2003.

Bishop Julius New Accommodation Block & Miscellaneous Seismic Strengthening, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Project Cost: $6M (total)

Architect: Wilkie + Bruce Architects Ltd

Project Director: Grant Wilkinson

Project Description:

Ruamoko Solutions has been involved with the Bishop Julius Hall at the University of Canterbury campus on several projects, including a new sixty-bedroom accommodation block, as well as the earthquake strengthening of the five-storey Nancy Simms block and three-storey Mabel Hendrie block. Strengthening of the Nancy Simms block included an innovative combination of a coupled wall pair with attached eccentrically braced frame coupling element.

Rangitane Cultural Centre, Blenheim

Project Cost: $2.5M

Architect: Wilkie + Bruce Architects Ltd

Project Director: Cameron MacPherson

Project Description:

The new Rangitane Cultural Centre replaces a former community hall in Grovetown just outside Blenheim. The building contains a large hall, commercial kitchen, and meeting rooms that can be used to sleep large groups attending cultural events. Construction is of precast concrete, lightweight braced walls, feature LVL portal frames and structural steelwork. It was a a New Zealand Institute of Architects Award Winner in 2011.

 

 

Wesley Care Resthome - Stages 1 and 2, Harewood Road, Christchurch

Project Cost: $12M

Architect: Foley Group Architecture

Project Director: Julian Ramsay

Project Description:

This large two-storey retirement accommodation includes residential living, administration and community facilities, chapel areas and amenities.

Stage 1 was built carefully around the existing four-storey block, and stage 2 replaced the old four-storey block that was demolished.

9 Humphreys Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch

Project Cost: $3M

Architect: Architects Plus Ltd

Project Director: Julian Ramsay

Project Description:

This mixed use building which features restaurant, hospitality, health and gymnasium facilities was built before the earthquakes in an area known to be prone to liquefaction. As the building is immediately adjacent to the Christchurch Estuary, Ruamoko elected to found this precast wall and rib & infill floor building on a gravel raft, which proved a great solution as it remained occupied and functional in an area where many buildings were demolished following the devastating Lyttelton Earthquake which had its epicentre not more than 3km from the buildings location. This project features a floor designed for gymnasium purposes and various copper feature walls.

Student Services Building Strengthening, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Project Cost: $2.5M

Architect: Warren & Mahoney

Project Director: Cameron MacPherson

Project Description:

Ruamoko Solutions was engaged to seismically assess and strengthen the two-storey former physical sciences library at the University of Canterbury. As part of a larger refurbishment of the building, it was decided to strengthen the building in two phases, the low-strength ground floor columns and the remaining structure.

The innovative and  cost-effective solution to strengthen the ground floor columns used a glass fibre wrap (Fibre Reinforced Polymer or FRP) around the tops and bottoms of the columns to increase the ductility available to the columns, and therefore increase the building’s resilience. The work was completed days prior to the September 2010 earthquake. Flexural cracking of fibres at the tops and bottoms of the columns was observed,  confirming that the strengthening had performed  well and had significantly reduced damage to the building. Following the successful FRP strengthening, the remainder of the building and level 2 link bridge to another building was strengthened as part of building alterations and refurbishment.

Beat Box, Art Box, Hospitality and Office Modules, Christchurch CBD

Designer: F3 Design Ltd, Field Architecture

Project Director: Grant Wilkinson

Project Description:

Ruamoko Solutions has worked closely with F3 Design Ltd and Field Architecture to develop a series of re-usable, modular spaces that can be configured for a large range of various uses. These modules have been installed for various art, music, hospitality and office functions in the Christchurch CBD. The modules have provided temporary spaces that have been an essential part of maintaining activities in Christchurch city following the Canterbury earthquakes. They have allowed useful spaces to be quickly installed on sites where buildings have been demolished.

The image above shows an variation of the modules that provides a unique sound chamber. This innovative structure consists of a two-way catenary steel grid supporting plywood anechoic baffles which also provide permanent formwork for a concrete roof. 

Boxed Quarter, 270 St Asaph Street, Christchurch

Project Cost: $5-8M

Architect: F3 Design Ltd, Field Architecture

Project Director: Grant Wilkinson

Project Description:

The complex of buildings on this site offer multiple types of tenancies and provides space for retail, office and residential apartments. The site is made up of nine multi-storey structures, a handful of single-storey structures along with a few linking bridges and walkways and exposed decks.

At the heart of the construction are the modular steel ‘box’ structures which rely on vierendeel truss actions to resist gravity and seismic forces. The buildings have custom engineered Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) floor panels at the upper floors and two-way span precast concrete floors at ground floor.

The project is split up into several phases with phase 1 construction complete, phase two construction ongoing and future phases ready for design. Three of the nine multi-storey buildings are complete and tenanted, with another two buildings currently under construction. 

Ground Penetrating Radar Boom, Scott Base, Antarctica

Project Description:

Ruamoko Solutions has worked closely with Antarctica NZ on the design of a lifting boom for a Pisten Bully PB100 Vehicle. The boom carries sensitive monitoring equipment to carry out research into ice thickness.

Design considerations included transportability, material-temperature issues, fabrication, dynamic loads.

 

 

Transpower Extensions, Gilberthorpes Road, Christchurch

Project Cost: $2.5M

Architect: Dalman Architecture Ltd

Project Director: Grant Wilkinson

Project Description:

Single-storey office structure, featuring long span LVL portal frames. Structural features include novel portal frame knee joint detailing, feature precast panels, and a light steel roof.