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Office extension showcases skills

Tom O'Leary Oct 10
Office extension showcases skills
Abodo decking and weatherboards, supplied by Pan Pacific Forest Products was used extensively on the expansion of the company’s Napier headquarters. The staged project was started mid-2016 by Waipukurau Construction and took nine months to complete.

Giving the client the outcome they desire is always the challenge on any design and build project. That’s why Waipukurau Construction takes the time to listen as well as offer advice on buildability to ensure the project meets clients’ expectations and budget, says company director Gordon Spencer.

A good example is the company’s recent work on a design and build project for long-term client Pan Pac Forest Products.

As Pan Pac Forest Products has expanded over the years Waipukurau Construction has delivered the extra office space required.

This recent project was the largest, says Gordon, and comprised two stand-alone office buildings connected by walkways which included meeting space, staff room and offices. The staged project was started mid-2016 and took approximately nine months to complete.

Due to the large industrial nature of the site, Gordon says good health and safety practices were a priority concern for the customer.

The buildings were constructed from timber framing and clad with new Abodo weatherboard supplied by Pan Pac Forest Products.

Abodo decking was also used on the extensive decking areas. To give flexibility to internal space a folding wall tucks away to double the size of the meeting room, says Gordon.

“This project really showcases our ability to work with the customer and provide a solution. By undertaking this project as a design and build contract we could fast track it for them compared to a traditional tender arrangement, ensuring buildability from day one so the project was completed on time and on budget,” he says.

Waipukurau Construction was created in 1973 by Central Hawke’s Bay carpenters John Hands and Brian Cairns. Gordon began to work for the company as a quantity surveyor in 1996.

Gordon and wife Sharon took over the business and formed Waipukurau Construction 2002 Ltd.

A joinery business, Waipukurau Joinery Ltd, was later formed in a partnership in 2006 to complement the construction company.

Waipukurau Construction employs around 12 staff and Gordon sources the company’s work and puts together projects for the team and Sharon looks after the company’s accounts and payroll.

Waipukurau Construction works throughout Central Hawkes Bay, Napier and Hastings. The company has evolved with an emphasis on light commercial and residential work.

There has also been a significant shift towards the education sector where the company provides quality new school buildings and alterations.

Current projects give a good indication of the company’s workload: classroom alterations for Frimley School, a new home in Napier, renovation of two classroom blocks at Taradale Primary School and William Colenso College in Napier.

The company has also recently completed a new classroom block for Napier Central School.

Gordon says the company is keen to continue to develop its expertise in the educational as well as the residential sectors.

It has recently established a separate brand – Freedom Homes – for its residential home build offering and will employ a full-time designer to keep up with demand.

Freedom Homes’ focus will be on smaller, smarter homes for modern living, incorporating innovative features that go beyond the minimum requirements of the Building Code.

Waipukurau Construction is in the proces s of setting up a new office in Hastings due to demand from this area, which will be opening later this year.

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