Rutherford Regional Science & Innovation Centre- Ernest Rutherford Stage 1

RRSIC-Ernest Rutherford Stage 1

Education Meeting Architectural Excellence

Client

University of Cantebury (UC)

Location

Christchurch, New Zealand

Sector

Education

Year Completed

2018

Floor Area

20,000m²

Project Value

NZ $164M

Architect

Jasmax

Construction Company

Fletcher Construction

Holmes Team

Mike Inwood

RRSIC Stage 1 project was the larger and more technically challenging of the two stages of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre.

Minimisation of fire separation to reduce fire rating to services and penetrations was critical to the client and architectural vision for an open and connected teaching environment. This also contributed to ease of construction, reduced construction cost and minimising future maintenance requirements for the building.

During the period between design approval and completion of the building the fire design withstood several changes to the building design with minimal implications. This demonstrated the risk consideration/robustness approach to the final functionality and buildability applied to the final fire design, while still minimising ‘over design’. The fire design gave the other consultants and client and confidence to design and not mandate or constrict their solutions.

The design stages were delivered on time and on budget, with active involvement through the extended construction period required by Fletchers.

Holmes Fire also provided structural fire analysis using finite element methods to demonstrate the capacity of specific structural members.

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