Cook Brothers Construction was again proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to work with Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Off the back of the highly successful Anzac Fire Station, The Redwood Fire Station represents another stage of the nationwide Fire and Emergency upgrade of its facilities.
Our Canterbury team, recognised for their quality delivery, brought this project together on schedule and under budget. With regular checks in place, the team ensured the scope of works were completed to a high level of accuracy.
Significant highlights of this project included the types of materials used. The building is an IL4 emergency structure, built to operate after a seismic event. Due to this requirement, this new build required reinforcing which was installed under the service pipes and then concreted into the floor slab, designed so that under slab services could be incorporated.
New IL4 emergency building standards require a higher standard of bracing elements. The team met this challenge by innovatively using adjustable metal props to hold the pre-nail timber frames. These metal props were stronger, used up less space than your typical standard and were much easier to adjust.
Where possible FENZ strived to include sustainable practices/materials within their builds – from rubbish recycling on-site throughout the building programme. Their selection of sustainable materials included Tung oil, a non-toxic, VOC free finishing oil with excellent sealing properties used on all the joinery and trims. Recycling of waste material was undertaken on-site, and through his initiative, over 60% of waste was recycled. Other sustainable features included vertical shiplap cedar on a portion of the cladding, which is a renewable commodity.
Our team delivered an excellent project, finding solutions, not problems when any challenges arose.