Commercial experts doing it their way

Commercial experts doing it their way
Vivian Construction specialises in commercial construction and has completed a number of large projects.

Auckland-based Vivian Construction is operated by three brothers who work closely together to deliver real results for customers, says Jeff Vivian. Each brings specialist expertise to the company.
Jeff, who sits on the Auckland board of the New Zealand Institute of Building, is an ex carpenter with 20 years industry experiencing in construction management and project management including working for some of New Zealand’s top construction companies.
Brother Matt is a quantity surveyor and other brother Tom is a land surveyor by trade with experiencing working on large scale projects in Australia.
“We always had a desire to do our own thing and do business our way,” explains Jeff on the decision to start Vivian Construction in 2017.
“We see ourselves as a boutique high-end construction company, operating on family values – honesty, integrity and a real pride in what we do.”
Specialising in commercial construction, the company has hit the ground running and already completed a number of large projects and will go out of Auckland city to service the needs of loyal clients such as Tuhoe.
Vivian Construction built a community hub project called TeTii for the iwi near Rotorua comprising offices, cafe and general store.
The project will achieve the Living Building Challenge certification, which comprises seven performance areas: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty.
Previously Jeff completed the Te Kura Whare project for Tuhoe It was New Zealand’s first building to accomplish this certification and one of only 15  certified Living Buildings in the world at that time garnering it several New Zealand Institute of Building awards.
The project is emblematic of Vivian Construction’s focus on continuous improvement, says Jeff. he company is presently constructing a wellness centre for Tuhoe.
Another project completed was an upgrade of four classrooms at Glenfield Intermediate School and a foyer renovation project at North Shore Events Centre. The company has also completed a fit-out project for Westgate CityFitness gym.
Vivian Construction is presently working on a new food technology block for One Tree Hill College, which will see a 150 square metre concrete slab building constructed.
The company is also completing a project at Auckland War Memorial Museum building offices and a staff room.
Jeff says this project demonstrates the company’s ability to communicate with clients and come up with the right building methodology for tricky projects as construction in a heritage building brings specific challenges.
One solution Vivian Construction is employing is the use of drills that core out the concrete rather than drilling it to minimise noise, dust and vibration.
Full sealed hoardings also minimise these disturbances and help to protect precious artefacts in the museum.
“We work closely with clients and stakeholders and the aim is that we are seen and not heard.” The brothers achieve their results by also working closely with each other.
Jeff takes the lead on the operational side of the business, Matt heads the pricing and cost management and Tom focuses on health and safety and quality control.
“We aim to be good builders who work for good clients and deliver good projects. We have our name above the door and if we make someone a promise we stick to it,” says Jeff.
“It means a lot to us to be able to do this together and we aim to create a multi-generational business that will be here for a long time.”
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