University of Canterbury Matariki
The University of Canterbury’s Matariki building forms the heart of the campus, and sets up the axis for the new science and engineering precincts under construction.
In concert with the Puaka James Hight Library Building, the University of Canterbury’s Matariki building forms the heart of the campus, and sets up the axis for the new Science and Engineering Precincts currently under construction.
Warren and Mahoney was engaged to oversee the repairs to the 1974 Hall & Mackenzie building including full window replacement, external concrete cleaning and in-situ reconstruction of a number of concrete columns. With the University’s requirement for new open plan layouts to better reflect modern working environments, a new services reticulation strategy was developed to overcome structural restrictions.
Further capital development works included two new entrance canopies to align with the Puaka James Hight Building’s entrances opposite, introduction of a glazed screen to enliven a former basement mail room into a modern office space, and a new Student Services Centre and exhibition area at Level 1.
The existing New Zealand native Kauri, Matai and Rimu timber ceiling of Level 6’s Executive Suite was refurbished and brought up to current fire code requirements resulting in a unique, highly crafted ceiling in the Council Chamber and adjacent rooms.