According to the New Zealand Green Building Council, New Zealand's built environment is responsible for 20 per cent of the country's carbon footprint, having increased a whopping 66% in the decade from 2007-2017. Fortunately, businesses out there are willing to make a change to combat these startling statistics and the resulting changing climate. Our valued client, Air New Zealand, is one of those trying to make a difference.
In 2020, Cook Brothers Construction completed a Logistics Facility for Air New Zealand at Auckland Airport, which has been awarded a 5 Green Star Industrial Design v3 Rating. This $9 million facility stands at the height of 17 meters, with a six and a half thousand square meter floor and yard.
The exceptional design by Eclipse Architects captures striking sharp angles resulting in an impressive and grand structure. The use of clear light cladding creates a striking external visual with the benefit of abundant internal natural light within the warehouse. These high levels of daylight availability throughout the building provide a significant reduction of lighting energy (via lighting controls) and improve the indoor environmental quality with access to daylight.
Completed over two stages of relocation and construction, saw the construction of a new concrete pad and relocation of the existing dangerous goods stores. Then, the build of the new warehouse and yard works alongside the existing Logistics building.
Sustainable construction encompasses many factors – people, place, environment, and our roles within this. Within New Zealand, businesses of all sizes are implementing changes to procure goods from more sustainable sources.
Of note was the steel used in the construction of the internal columns and beams sourced, crafted and installed all within a 50km radius of their final location. These impressive beams are 100% New Zealand made by STELTECH®, a subsidiary of New Zealand Steel.
Challenges around the project included airside and landside logistics and services co-ordination. Weather played an important role within risk mitigation on-site, with the Airport capable of clocking winds up to 100km an hour. This challenge was prevalent with the installation of the 17mtr high, 17-tonne pre-cast panels, which saw the use of 2 cranes and 3-panel props per panel.
Cook Brothers are proud to have delivered this milestone Logistics project and are excited to be working alongside Air New Zealand toward a more sustainable future for us all.