It’s that time again and here in the Christchurch office we are busy preparing for our annual afternoon of bowling and socialising at the Burnside Lawn Bowls Club.
Like previous years, we will play a knock–out tournament with teams of four and prizes for winners, losers, and the best–dressed.
Please RSVP to Tess Martin as soon as possible with your team details to secure your spot in this year’s tournament. If you don’t have a team of four we can organise one for you.
t: 03 336 5402
Please confirm the names of your team members when you RSVP.
The longer I work as a Project Manager in the construction industry, the more I realise that it’s all about people.
People design buildings, people build them, people pay the bills and people use them.
Construction is a very relational business, where reputations count and everyone knows everyone. Construction is also a extremely rewarding industry, as the product at the end of a very long and complex process remains in place as a legacy to the people that created it for years to come. We should all be proud of our successes, the buildings we create, but also the relationships that we forge along the way (often under trying circumstances).
This photo is of just some of the great characters involved in the Bus Interchange Project, with whom I enjoy working.
Construction has begun this week on The Terraces, a key attraction of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct being project managed by Coffey.
As part of the first phase of The Terraces, Fletcher Construction has been awarded the contract for construction of a new section of promenade pavement and a terrace structure on the eastern side of the Avon River between Cashel and Hereford Streets.
Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) Director Warwick Isaacs says once completed, The Terraces will extend from Cashel to Gloucester streets and feature extensive landscaping, linking the river with public spaces, shops, restaurants and offices.
“The Terraces is an exciting new waterfront space where people can make the most of the river features,” he says.
Preparation works in Oxford Terrace have been underway since August by the CCDU, the Christchurch City Council and Downer, with the tram tracks having already been re-positioned.
Pedestrian access to the Re:START Mall in Cashel Street will be maintained throughout the project works which is expected to be completed by June 2015. The aim is to open the eastern side of the promenade adjacent to the new retail development to the public in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup in February 2015.
Widely reported as the largest concrete pour of the rebuild to date, from the early hours of Tuesday Morning, through to around 11.30am approximately 1460m3 of concrete was placed to form the raft foundation for the Lichfield street building.
The interchange is a Crown-led project and is being constructed in a joint venture between Australian company Thiess and Christchurch’s Southbase Construction and Project Managed by Coffey.
Christchurch Central Development Unit Director Warwick Isaacs says this is a significant moment for the city’s rebuild.
“We are very excited that this pour will result in the Bus Interchange beginning to take shape,” he says.
We are delighted to announce our ‘Design management: Breaking down the silos’ breakfast seminar will now be held on Wednesday 6 August from 8.30am at Chateau on the Park, 189 Deans Avenue.
The seminar will include a forum to present and discuss how the emerging role of the independent design manager is challenging traditional perspectives. There will be discussion around value management, BIM and LEAN design principles – all of which we consider to fall under the global heading of efficient design management. This approach, successfully used internationally, can provide significant cost savings to construction projects, and results in greater coordination when it really matters.
Certificates of attendance are available for those that require it for professional development purposes – further details available on the day.
Please join us for breakfast to learn more about Coffey’s opinions and innovative approach to this thought-provoking topic.
Space is limited – please rsvp to secure your place (see RSVP details on the pdf invite).
Note: this seminar has been postponed. Please check back soon for further details.
A fundamental change has taken place in the way projects are being delivered. A greater emphasis is being placed on a fully integrated design management role that bridges the gap found in traditional project teams between clients, designers and contractors. An independent design management approach that focuses on value management (VM), building information management (BIM), and LEAN construction principles is challenging traditional perspectives on how to get the best project outcomes from the project team.
By breaking down the discipline silos, improving communication and quality, and embracing tried and tested technologies it is possible to reduce project costs by as much as 19% and reduce the project duration by up to 37%. In the current environment where price is the undercurrent of the Canterbury rebuild, this approach can pay dividends to all parties involved.
Want to learn more? Join us at a breakfast presentation in Christchurch on
Wednesday 2 July.
Rudy van Heerden
Coffey Design Management Specialist
An expert in the practical application of BIM technology for over fifteen years, Rudy’s portfolio includes challenging design projects in New Zealand and around the world, including commercial office parks, covered equestrian and sports centres, multi–level car parks, and bulk earthworks projects. He has adopted Value Management, LEAN construction, and BIM principles as an integral part of successful design management delivery.
Managing Director, Red Quantity Surveying Ltd
Victoria is managing director and principal shareholder of Red Quantity Surveying Ltd. She has considerable experience in residential and commerical quantity surveying, and in project management. Victoria has experience on both the client consultancy side, and in the contracting environment.
Thursday 12th December, 8.30am, Westpac Business Hub
The hot topic of the moment around town is BIM. But while everyone is talking about it, do we really know what ‘BIM’ means and how it should be implemented to best effect in our projects? Well, the simple answer is yes—we do.
Coffey would like to invite you to our last breakfast presentation for the year BIM: Building Information Modelling – The Facts and the Fiction.
In this breakfast discussion we will discuss the huge potential of BIM to genuinely provide win-win-win results for clients, design consultants, and contractors alike. We’ll also talk about the potential pitfalls and fish-hooks to be aware of.
Implemented correctly and through the right medium, BIM has been shown to save up to 14% of total project costs. Come and join us to see how to get your share!
Business Manager Project Management, South Island
(click on image to enlarge or here to download a pdf)