Following a consistent roll growth expected to continue over the next 10 years, the Ministry of Education engaged The Building Intelligence Group to manage the master planning, design and construction of the new Rakahuri building at Rangiora High School.
Stage one involved the development of the Rakahuri building, which is the equivalent of 26 classrooms in the form of open plan future-focused teaching spaces, a common-room hub, a learning terrace, innovative science facilities, and collaborative learning spaces. A key challenge was to develop a design solution which integrated the school’s history with flexible learning spaces to support a range of different styles of teaching.
Our role involved understanding and applying the Ministry’s design criteria within their compliance framework, testing the design against pre-determined budgets, cost control, value management workshops to reduce costs while enhancing value, procurement, construction and stakeholder management. Working in a live School environment required a high degree of health and safety consideration and monitoring, staged programming and stakeholder management. “TBIG’s strategic management of the complex occupational health and safety risks on a school site project was exemplary” say Commissioner Bev Moore.
LVL structural timber framing is a key design feature throughout the 30m wide and 100m long building. It required specialist construction methodology involving constructing each portal bay on a scaffold jig, and then craning the whole structure onto site and placing it on the 4 LVL columns.
Commissioner Bev Moore and Deputy Principal (Enhanced Environment) Brian Hays commented “Completed in May 2017, the new Rakahuri building is the largest MOE funded ILE in New Zealand to be built in an existing school. It was completed with no loss of teaching time which is evidence of how well the project was managed. Unfailingly professional in their approach, TBIG set very high expectations for the whole design and construction team.”