Efficient design-build achieved for West Coast DHB

Effi cient design-build achieved for West Coast DHB
The West Coast DHB’s new administration building in Cowper Street, Greymouth, completed by CYB Construction.

Tasked with delivering a vital new building for the West Coast District Health Board in 2019, award winning West Coast-based company CYB Construction Ltd more than rose to the challenge, leading a skilled team to complete the project smoothly, efficiently and to a high standard.
Meticulous planning and preparation was fundamental to the project’s success. Working alongside architect Matthew Charles, of Plus Architecture, the design and build process for the DHB’s new administration building in Cowper Street, Greymouth took around a year.
Design was developed by the time the contract was signed, and working drawings took only a few weeks followed by consenting; then on-site construction was a five-month process.The design incorporates a smart prefab panel system by Concision in Rolleston that was ideally suited to the project and its site.
Also working with CYB Construction on the project was structural engineer Adam Walker, of Structex, with Aotea providing electrical expertise and Fin Sheetmetals mechanical. Transportation of panels from Rolleston to Greymouth was carried out proficiently by T Croft Ltd, (Frank Croft).
Following demolition of a small building on site, a deep excavation was carried out and then a beamed foundation placed on top. (The design solution to the site’s poor ground was to create a foundation that could be re-levelled and jacked up from the perimeter at any time in future, if needed). Panels for the building were delivered in phases, starting with floor panels and finishing with roof panels.
“Within eight days of starting to erect panels on site, we had it fully enclosed,” says Chris Yeats, managing director of CYB Construction. “The essential structure went up really quickly.”Construction of the new 612sqm administration building started at the end of May 2019, with final handover in November.
It comprises two wings and large open plan spaces to provide a flexible work environment that is both quiet and functional. Acoustic ceiling panels were used throughout. Along with office space, the admin building includes meeting and break-out rooms, a small kitchenette and ablutions.
The building has a timber floor with a spacious crawl space underneath. “There are kilometres of cabling under the building, so we had to design a sub-floor space to facilitate any cabling changes that might be needed in future.”
CYB Construction‘s role as main contractor in this precision project involved assembling the building and coordinating all those involved. The project was also monitored by William Noordanus of Noordanus Architects, (contracted by the DHB), along with DHB project manager Margo Kyle.
“We had a really good client and a great team: all our meetings were straightforward and the whole site team worked well together.”It is a testimony to teamwork that consistently rainy weather throughout construction did not get in the way of the building being completed in good time, on time.
Key staff for CYB on this project included Denise McPaike (accounts and contract manager), Bryan O’Neil (site foreman), Alex Fraser (operations manager) and quantity surveyor Nicole Tai. CYB specialises in commercial, residential and relocatable buildings and is known and trusted by clients throughout the West Coast; it also has a branch in Canterbury.
The company is well-equipped to take on projects of any scale. In 2020, CYB is looking forward to starting another exciting new project that involves strengthening an iconic West Coast building, the 1908 Carnegie Building in Hokitika.
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