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New Zealand Forest Research Institute T/A Scion




  • Project Management

RDT Pacific provided project Management services for Scion’s new Te Whare Nui o Tuteata. The striking building is the focal point of the Scion’s campus and part of the broader campus development. It delivers modern and collaborative working spaces in a mostly wooden building, constructed with sustainably grown timber. The building is a collaborative, easy to access space for tenants that encourages industry and science co-innovation while also serving as a welcoming gateway for visitors and the community to learn about the work being done at Scion.

The dominant feature of the three-storey 2000m2 building is the diagonal grid (diagrid) timber structure. Diagrids are an efficient way to provide strength and stiffness and require less material than traditional structures. It is believed to be a world first for a wooden diagrid structure of its size. The building comprises an exhibition area, public café, main reception, meeting rooms, and workspaces. It also links to laboratories and testing facilities with the aim of creating a dynamic ecosystem, to foster industry and science collaboration and co-innovation that will ignite great thinking and ideas for the forestry, manufacturing and energy sectors.

The structure achieves embodied carbon zero due to the extensive use of timber. Furthermore, it was assessed to achieve the 2030 target set by the Royal Institute of British Architects of 500kg carbon dioxide per square metre for whole of life carbon. The most challenging aspect of the build was its mainly timber construction.

This campus development includes the following:

  • L Block Level 1 Refit
  • Landscape Master Plan
  • L Block Ground Refit
  • G Block Demolition
  • Basement Amenities
  • Innovation Hub
  • Nursery Redevelopment
  • Forest Protection Labs
  • M Block Redesign
  • E+F Block Upgrade
  • 89 Field rooms