New life for commercial space

New life for commercial space
Earthquake strengthening and structural and facade upgrades were part of this refurbishment project in Newmarket.

Working in the busy shopping precinct of Broadway, Newmarket in Auckland has helped to clearly demonstrate the construction and project mangement skills of MJC Building, says company owner Matthew Couch.
His company is working on a commercial refurbishment project for client Claymore Broadway, which has seen MJC Building work around the general public as well as other nearby buildings.
Stage one of the project, which was completed in July, involved stripping out the inside of the commercial building, earthquake strengthening, structural upgrades, base build fit out and facade upgrade works.
During the demolition of the interior MJC Building discovered several areas of concern with the floor joists on the first floor as well as sections of the concrete beams that required strengthening.
In accordance with the engineer’s instructions the decision was made to completely remove the floor sections and reframe them.
MJC Building then proceeded with the fitout and façade upgrade including installation of over four kilometres of Japanese cedar (cryptomeria japonica) ceiling.
Matthew says that the installation was a challenge for the team and also provided invaluable experience for his company’s apprentices.
This stage of the project also involved painting of the structural steel and trusses, honing and sealing interior concrete block walls, the installation of 200 metres of powdercoated cable tray and the installation of new kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The final part of the base build works included returning the roof line to a gable end design, replacement of all joinery, exterior plastering and installation of the canvas canopies. MJC Building is currently completing inter tenancy walls and base build for a yum cha restaurant situated on the ground floor.
“The successful completion of this project demonstrates our ability to smoothly complete projects on time and on budget.
“To achieve this we aim to develop good working relationships with everyone on the project team,” explains Matthew.
Matthew formed MJC Building in 2011 after working for a decade in the construction industry. He is a New Zealand Certified Building member and a Licensed Builder under the government’s Licensed Building Practitioner scheme.
Matthew says he takes pride in offering a very up-front, honest and personal service to his clients.
Employing a team of seven builders, MJC Building is also actively involved in the building industry through New Zealand Certified Builders meetings, trade seminars and training BCITO apprentices.
“This keeps us well informed and up to date with industry standards and regulations. We are also affiliated with HazardCo to ensure our sites are safe and meet New Zealand’s health and safety requirements,” he says.
With a background in commercial and residential building, Matthew and his team have a wide range of building skills and a wealth of industry experience to offer clients.
The company is presently working on a reclad, a large retaining wall and two bathroom renovation projects demonstrating the wide variety of projects the company can complete for clients all over Auckland and further afield on occasion depending on the job.
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