Creating a distinctive landscape to stand the test of time

Brought to us by: SCNZ

Duration: 2010

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

SCNZ help to illustrate the integral role that structural steel plays in our built landscape. taking a closer look at five-year project to upgrade University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science buildings.

The $290m re-development included the refurbishment and seismic strengthening of two existing buildings, construction of a new link structure, and demolition of two buildings to make way for the new Science Centre Tower.

The result: A state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, and a new entranceway to the University. The Science Tower is one of the first buildings in New Zealand to be designed using BRBs. HERA member Beca undertook a significant pre-qualification process to provide assurance that it could be built. Beca drew on the collective knowledge of six New Zealand fabricators relating to techniques such as welding, bolting and erection.