RCP was engaged by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (FPH) as the project manager for the design and delivery of the innovative $100m+ Daniell building located in East Tamaki, Auckland.
The 53,000sqm building accommodates approximately 700 people and is the fourth in a succession of similarly formatted buildings across the campus. The building incorporates large open-plan office spaces, laboratory and model shops, a 4,000sqm controlled air environment manufacturing space, materials warehouse and distribution centre. It also includes an under-croft car park, and extensive roading and landscaping to complement the existing campus.
Sustainability is an integral part of FPH’s business, which is reflected in the building’s design and construction. The project, which has a 5 Green Star as-built rating, incorporates rainwater harvesting tanks, cycle facilities, multiple electric car charging points, interior gardens, and efficient lighting and mechanical services.
The building was fully detailed and coordinated in a three-dimensional BIM environment, with the as-built BIM model provided to the client at the end of construction for use in its asset management software.
To enable the project’s commencement, RCP engaged with several stakeholders including local iwi, Heritage NZ and Auckland Council to document the land’s rich history. The site was a stopping point for the local tribes and the story of the land’s use has been woven into aspects of the design.
RCP worked extensively with FPH to develop a sound construction contract that adopts an Early Contractor Involvement role for the main contractor, together with a risk-and-reward process to manage variations. The arrangement gave FHP enhanced cost certainty for the project as a whole and potentially saved it large sums as the risk of the build was more evenly shared.
Such was the success of the project that RCP was retained to provide project management and engineer to the contract services for the next phase of FHP’s master-planned campus development, Building 5.