RDT Pacific was engaged as Project Managers for Mataaho the new construction, engineering and trades facility at Unitec.
Mataaho is a purpose-built flexible teaching environment at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus, with a focus on the construction and automotive trades. The project was a collaboration between user groups and the design team. The outcome is a building that is leading the way in open environment trades training in Australasia.
Initially briefed as a two-part building to accommodate both the Technology & Built Environment faculty along with the Performing Arts faculty, the Stage 1 development provides some 7000m² of workshop space, simulation labs, support spaces and covered building courtyards. The design philosophy provides teaching environments that support both hands on and research-based learning. The workshop is arranged into zones defined by storage racking and circulation walkways. Different disciplines work within bookable spaces. Spaces within the workshop support flexibility. The Automotive Emulation Lab on the mezzanine level could equally be a studio space for project learning and breakout or be reconfigured into additional workshop space. The form of the building is driven by the roof which folds at the threshold between the internal workshop space and the building courtyard. This roof will wrap up the Performing Arts tower when completed after stage 2.
RDT Pacific reviewed the Architect’s specified materials and initiated the required ‘stress-test’ of these specifications and products from a long-term cost and maintenance perspective.
RDT Pacific also worked with the QS to review the whole of life costings and benefits of sustainable initiatives. A passive fresh air system was integrated based on design modelling and costing reviews.
A point cloud scanning and BIM – Revit model was implemented for clash detection. The project team upgraded application intensity to BIM level 500 to drive down costs, potential design clashes and contract variation risks.