New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/9 - Page 52

Project 100 Moorhouse Ave Location: Christchurch Main contractor: Calder Stewart Industries SHAPING CHRISTCHURCH With the completion of this mixed-use commercial development on Moorhouse Ave, Calder Stewart continues to be a construction leader in the Christchurch rebuild Christchurch has become a city defined by progress, as new buildings take shape and open for business along many of the city’s thoroughfares. The latest development in a raft of new building projects constructed by Calder Stewart is 100 Moorhouse Ave, which was developed by owner Peter Kelly and designed by Tim Dagg of Sheppard & Rout Architects. Adrian Mathieson, Calder Stewart regional manager, says the company has already completed four buildings at 70-76 Moorhouse Ave for the same developer. 50 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT “Building in the post-earthquake environment is always challenging,” he says. “The ground conditions, in particular, pose potential hazards. For this mixed-use commercial building, the foundation was based on a concrete beam grid system, rather than the traditional raft slab, to provide more stability.” The building itself was constructed using a combination of precast concrete shear walls, concrete gravity frames for the lower level and structural steel portal framing for the upper level. Key design features include a central café courtyard