Auckland University of Technology Business School, New Zealand

Tetra Tech High Performance Buildings Groups provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), fire protection, and acoustic services for Auckland University of Technology Business in New Zealand.

Facts

  • Size: 27,540 square meters (300,000 square feet)
  • Construction Cost: NZD$100 million (USD$63 million)
  • Client: Auckland University of Technology
  • Architect: Jasmax
  • Contractor: Fletcher Construction
  • Completion Date: 2009

Architects Jasmax designed an eleven-story landmark building to service growing demands of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Business faculty.

The building features:

  • Level 1 café, reception, and offices
  • Levels 2 to 7 teaching floors including classrooms, lecture theaters, and seminar rooms
  • Levels 8 to 10 offices floors (with level 8 also providing a means of future teaching expansion)
  • Level 11 roof level plant

AUT wanted a landmark building, both in engineering and architectural terms.

Tetra Tech responded to this in several ways within each of the service areas. In the electrical design, Tetra Tech was cognizant of the amended Lighting Guide 3 from CIBSE (2001) and a number of specific articles on educational institutions. Tetra Tech chose a luminaire, which provides a far more even illumination of desks, walls, and ceilings than a traditional low-brightness luminaire. The response of both staff and students has confirmed that a unique atmosphere has been created, which has had an enormously positive impact.

Another prime concern of the client was to avoid installing plant capacity (electrical or mechanical) in excess of actual peak demands for similar buildings. To this end, Tetra Tech spent considerable time comparing design predictions with measured peaks and achieved very economical installed plant capacities by incorporating practical diversities into all calculations.

The building has also been a success for our acoustic division. The requirement for classrooms with full glass walls provided a challenge, which was satisfactorily resolved. The circulation spaces with honed concrete floors have also been very successfully treated with slatted eucalyptus timber paneling. This created a completely quiet space. Tetra Tech invested substantial time and effort comparing design predictions and calculations with measured peaks, so that an economical plant capacity (mechanical and electrical) was installed, which did not exceed peak demands as typically experienced on similar buildings at the university.