Portabuild nails biggest project
For large scale projects with tight timeframes, such as the build of the new staff accommodation village for Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Portabuild is able to save time and money as well as provide flexible and comfortable accommodation units.
Portabuild provided the project with 54 units in total – 42 two-bedroom and nine single bedroom units complete with bathrooms and small kitchens, and three wheelchair accessible units.
The units were manufactured at the company’s factory in Christchurch and delivered to site at the rate of two to four units a week.
“We did it in just over four months, which is pretty good from a manufacturing perspective,” Cam says.
“We knew we were capable of it but we hadn’t had anything of that scope before. It was a great opportunity for our business because of what we achieved, and not just our business but the guys over there doing the civil works. Our buildings would be hiabed off the back of the truck by Reefton Crane Hire, and the civil works guys bolted them on to the timber piles and connected to the services on site.”
This simplicity of construction is all part of Portabuild designing its units with transportation and portability in mind.
The manufacture of units takes mere weeks.
Major components are sourced from New Zealand suppliers, including the durability and performance of New Zealand Colorsteel cladding.
Interiors are built from high-density expanded polystyrene panel, ensuring year-round insulation even in the most extreme weather.
Interiors are lined with V grooved MDF, painted, carpeted, double glazed, and fitted with heat pumps and LED lighting “Completing this job on time has generated a bit more understanding of what we’re actually capable of. We said we could achieve it and we did.
We’ve got the internal belief within our team, and also within our customer base as well.” for energy efficient accommodation.
Portabuild products have been in high demand since the Canterbury quakes, with people needing temporary office accommodation, then site offices as the reconstruction phase got underway.
Site offices are still in high demand with the continuing construction industry boom.
Cam and the team at Portabuild are particularly proud of turning the Franz Josef project around in four months.
“We really wanted to help the Scenic Group meet their objectives and have accommodation in
place for their staff before the busy season,” Cam says.
“Completing this job on time has generated a bit more understanding of what we’re actually capable of. We said we could achieve it and we did. We’ve got the internal belief within our team, and also within our customer base as well.”
Cam says project management company Cequent Projects, who dealt directly with the civil contractors and Portabuild, played a key role in helping Portabuild and the rest of the contractors get the project finished on time.