Unitec Northern Campus, New Zealand

For the renovation of warehouse buildings into classroom spaces, Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided a variety of services including lighting design, fire protection, and building management system (BMS) controls, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering for the Unitec Northern Campus in Auckland, New Zealand.


  • Size: 10,000 square meters (107,500 square feet)
  • Construction Cost: NZD$7 million (USD$4.4 million)
  • Client/Owner: Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Architect: Kay and Keys Architects Ltd
  • Contractor: AECOM (Known as Davis Langdon in New Zealand)
  • Completion Date: 2012


Unitec Northern Campus, which was established in an existing warehouse building on Rothwell Avenue in Albany, was built in the early 1990s and had been used as an office and distribution site. The challenge involved using the existing infrastructure while also extending it to meet the education requirements of Unitec.

The existing office areas were modified into classrooms, and additional classrooms were constructed adjacent to office areas and within the warehouse space.

Specialist systems were installed to serve the vocational teaching areas such as welding, automotive, and construction. These areas were located in the converted warehouse areas. All services were tailored to meet the requirements of a space including ventilation and room temperatures, electrical supply and configuration, plumbing, fire protection, and acoustics.

Tetra Tech specified the use of energy efficient equipment and plant and the use of modern technology such as lighting controls, energy monitoring devices, and BMS controls. All aspects of the design were completed in accordance with ISO 9001.

The project was completed on time and on budget to meet Unitec’s term dates and student engagement.