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Client

New Zealand Forest Research Institute T/A Scion

Date

July 2012

Budget

$5.7m

Services

  • Project Management

RDT Pacific worked closely with Scion staff and specialist architects to refurbish the existing testing and research laboratories into modern and flexible individual and open-plan spaces, reflecting Scion’s dedication to world-class science. This Crown Research Institute specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry and related sectors.

Set against the backdrop of the Whakarewarewa Forest, the existing 1970s building was divided by a central corridor, creating small workspaces, inefficient workflows and little flexibility. The new space includes a technically specialised Physical Containment Level 2 PC2 fermentation lab, Physical Containment Level 1 PC1 chemistry and analytical spaces, pre and post Polymerase Chain Reaction, and molecular analytical laboratories, plus support and office spaces.

The new building features a fully glazed north facing corridor, which uses space more efficiently, maximising light and outdoor views, and allows Scion’s clients to view work in progress, without needing to enter the laboratory.

RDT Pacific has now been engaged by Scion to direct the campus redevelopment, which includes the Innovation Hub.

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