Te Wharekura o Mauao School2017-08-22T02:26:11+12:00
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Te Wharekura o Mauao School

Sector: Education

Client: Ministry of Education

Date: January 2015 (Completed)

Project Location: Tauranga

Frequency Role: Project Manager

Te Wharekura o Mauao provides total immersion education for 200 Year 7-13 students in the Tauranga area. This project involved the development of an additional 488m² of teaching space to accommodate predicted roll growth from 142 to 200 students for Term 1, 2015.

Frequency was engaged as project manager from the inception of the project, responsible for all aspects of project delivery including brief development, consultant procurement, design management, consenting, tendering and contract administration through to defects and project closeout.

This project was traditionally procured with a budget of $1.44m and was delivered under budget with a final cost to complete of $1.38m.

The project was also delivered on programme to ensure that the kura could occupy for Term 1, 2015 as required to meet the increased roll.

Key Challenges:

  • Stakeholder engagement was critical given that there were some areas of concern from Stage 1 which we were required to address. We worked with the school BOT to review the current teaching requirements and incorporate learnings from the Stage 1 development into Stage 2. The final design solution addressed the kura’s needs by incorporating adjustments to the existing buildings, relocation of functionality and a new build to provide the additional learning spaces required.
  • Health and Safety was paramount as the construction was surrounded by a live school environment. We worked with the contractors to establish a robust site specific safety plan which included separation of site access and traffic from the school users.
  • Budget Compliance was crucial given that the design was required to match the design aesthetics of Stage 1 which was delivered with a premium budget. We worked with the design team to ensure that the design was developed in accordance with the lower budget for Stage 2.