The Hamilton District Court Alcohol & Other Drug Treatment Court project team were awarded Highly Commended in the NZIOB Hays Construction Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award for 2021.
“In February 2021, the project team were appointed to convert a space within the Hamilton District Courts building into an AODT Court. The first case was scheduled to be heard only four months later on 17 June 2021, and so the programme was tight.
The brief included a complete space planning exercise to create four interview rooms and double the bench size, reconfigure the judge’s joinery, re-organise the waiting area, upgrade a meeting room, convert the registry office, and incorporate altered custodial routes. New reinforced walls and a new custodial block were also required.
Due to the tight design and construction programme, the project team had to work collaboratively to develop the full brief and then design and document the project in six weeks.
Construction was completed within eight weeks, meeting the scheduled practical completion date, and enabling the Court to be ready for the first case hearing.
The Judges said the team were very engaged, they all loved the project, it was a fantastic collaboration. The project, in a live environment, was successfully delivered within a tight timeframe and on budget.”
The New Zealand Building Industry Awards acknowledge and celebrate the practitioners behind New Zealand’s most successful building projects. Congratulations to the Hamilton AODT Court project team, including WSP, Downer, RDT, and of course, Chris Siebert from Naylor Love Waikato/BoP’s Projects & Interiors division!