New church takes shape in East Tamaki

New church takes shape in East Tamaki
The 1.9926 hectare site in East Tamaki Road was purchased for the development in 2014.

Project manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Christian Soriano says overseeing the erection of a new church at 378-390 East Tamaki Road, East Tamaki is a positive and rewarding experience.
Christian has been working for the church in his role for nearly five years.
The church’s physical build started in November last year however planning and working through the resource consent pathway tracks back to 2014.
The 1.9926 hectares site was purchased in 2014 and its design was provided by a consultant the Church engages for such projects.
“It’s a standard design used throughout Australasia and then we engaged Walker Community Architects Limited to ensure the local building codes were met,” Christian explains.
When Business North spoke with him the project was going well, with earthworks clearing soil resuming after the Christmas.
“We’re in the foundation stage and have started backfilling for the carpark spaces and so far the project has gone very well and to programme.”
Based on the signature style of Latter-day Saints Stake Centre’s the building will be constructed of bricks in two tones, with creamy coloured bricks on the upper wall and a light brown base.
The new Stake Centre is a consequence of unprecedented growth in church membership in Eastern Auckland and the contractor Livingstone Building has been engaged by the Church in the past, including a significant and industry award winning build at Temple View, on the outskirts of Hamilton.

New church takes shape in East Tamaki
The building will be constructed of bricks in two tones, with creamy coloured bricks on the upper wall and a light brown base.

That projects’ project manager in fact recommended Livingstone Building as the key contractor on this latest build.
“We chose Livingstone’s given their most competitive tender and to ensure the figures added up I engaged an independent QS who, along with our lead consultant, both recommended the company for this project.”
The 1887qsm Stake Centre includes a number of teaching rooms, a large multi-purpose hall space, a mothers room and associated service spaces, including administration area and Presidents room.
Outside the carpark measures 6643sqm, offering ample spaces for visitor parking.
While the church at East Tamaki is progressing well, Christian, as one of four project managers in the Pacific region with Latter-day Saints is overseeing several builds.
He has recently completed a Stake Centre in Papakura and a second Stake Centre in Mangere is due to get underway.
“I most enjoy serving our members and seeing how excited they are when a new permanent building is constructed. “Most of our members, particularly in the remote areas gather in rental properties, so it’s a real celebration when they receive their own building to worship and socialise in.”
The East Tamaki Stake Centre is due to be completed by February 2020.
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