New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/9 - Page 18

SEAMLESS TRANSITION Starting over construction of the MIT Manukau campus and Transport Interchange with a new main contractor and rebuilding the supply chain was the greatest challenge for the team at King Facade International Every project has its challenges but the team responsible for the facade design, engineering and installation at the MIT Manukau campus had an especially difficult start. King Facade International (KFI) not only had to deal with a challenging construction, but also with the collapse of the main contractor Mainzeal. Director Scott Marshall says the supply chain was greatly affected, with some materials already on site, others en route from China and still other materials yet to be manufactured. “We needed to rebuild supply chain relationships and trust, and prove our integrity with the New Zealand stakeholders in the project,” Marshall says. “KFI subsequently contracted to MIT directly for the material supply and to the new main contractor Hawkins Construction for the building works. “An enormous amount of co-ordination was required to ensure all the specific challenges of the facade installation were fully understood and there were no areas left unaddressed.” 16 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT trendsideas.com KFI undertook a full stocktake, and also audited the work done – and in some cases recommended remedial action – and integrated new processes with existing procedures. Key works included the structurally glazed curtain walls, which incorporated parapets and interface flashings, commercial windows and doors, the horizontal and vertical aluminium shade louvres on the exterior, frameless glass entry lobbies, and plant room louvre screening. The highly experienced team at King Facade has a long track record working on successful facade projects within New Zealand. For further information, contact King Facade International Limited, 159 Marua Rd, Mt Wellington, Auckland 1051, phone (09) 392 0188. Or email: info@kfi.co.nz. Website: www.kfi.co.nz save | share Search 45065 at trendsideas.com Above:The dramatic facade of the new MIT Manukau campus and Transport Interchange belies a challenging construction period. King Facade International undertook to rebuild supply chain relationships following the collapse of Mainzeal. The company was responsible for the facade design, engineering and installation.