Strong foundations for new Engineering and Architectural Studies building

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20 Nov 2015

concrete pour at Kahukura 

The foundations for the new Engineering and Architectural Studies building are underway.

CPIT's project management office estimates that 637,000kg of concrete will be poured for the Kahukura (Engineering and Architectural Studies) building foundations from 12 November

Scheduled for completion at the end of 2016, the 6550m2 building incorporates clever planning for innovative teaching and learning spaces. The design by Jasmax Architects responds to a brief that called for connection to community, a space to support CPIT's innovation and sustainability ethos, flexible spaces and a building that inspires teaching and learning.

Facing busy Moorhouse Avenue, the construction site is visible behind a shipping container walkway that doubles as an outdoor exhibition space for art and design students' work.

Interesting facts:

  • 637,000kg concrete is going into the foundations, that's 60 trucks worth.
  • 290 trees with an average age of 25 years will be used for the LVL Columns for the frame, all of which come from a sustainable source. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) is an engineered wood product that provides a consistent, high-performance alternative to solid lumber and steel in structural uses.
  • 50 years is the minimum designed lifespan of the building.
  • 100 tonnes of reinforcing steel in the foundation, which is enough to reach to Ashburton.
  • 6550m2 floorspace over three stories.