World Engineering Day, 4 March 2020.

Finding unique and diverse talent to take up the baton isn’t always easy, but those looking for the next generation of engineers don’t have to go it alone. There’s a lot of value in joining up with other organisations who can help facilitate these new connections.

Today is World Engineering Day (4 March 2020) and to celebrate we’re resharing a LinkedIn article about our relationship with the Keystone Trust, written by our very own Chris Mackenzie, National Business Development Director here at Holmes Consulting.

For us here at Holmes Consulting, our connection with Keystone Trust has been hugely valuable when it comes to finding new talent and investing in the future of the wider property industry. It’s one of the ways we’re committed to helping the next generation get excited about engineering and careers in engineering.

Keystone Trust is a Registered Charity that has been promoting opportunities for young people to enter the property industry for 25 years. Its primary purpose is to encourage participation and provide opportunities for students who have financial need to reach their potential and grow their talent in property-related industries including construction and engineering.

Holmes has been a strong supporter and believer in Keystone Trust’s mission, that’s why we chose to partner with them nearly 20 years ago.

At Holmes, we believe it’s important to establish a workplace culture that is representative of the communities we serve and the places we live and work. By partnering with an organisation like Keystone Trust, we have been able to connect with rising talent who have challenged our thinking and encouraged greater diversity of thought.

But, like any partnership, it’s important that the connection is mutually beneficial. In addition to Holmes Consulting’s sponsorship and supporting various events, we take an active role by contributing to the Trust’s Sponsor Advisory Group. This gives us a chance to pay it forward by advocating for how other sponsors can contribute to the Trust and by offering guidance to the board of trustees.

If you’re looking to boost the future of both your organisation and the industry, we encourage you to consider how to do this in a way that can have an even bigger positive societal impact – starting with your people.

Read the full article by Chris here, to find out more about our involvement and to meet a former Keystone Trust Scholarship recipient who now works at Holmes!

Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa – New MESH Sculpture unveiled in Hamilton.

  

Over the past 10 years, the Holmes Consulting team in Hamilton have been avid supporters of the MESH Sculpture Hamilton Charitable Trust. The trust are a group of business and community leaders passionate about their Waikato city and art. They commission nationally significant artworks through the generous donation of others, and then gift them to Hamilton city.

Ewan Opie, one of our Hamilton based Senior Project Drafters has been involved in the coordination and delivery of every single commissioned sculpture by MESH (there are currently four scattered around the city)- and has enjoyed seeing the Holmes Consulting team in Hamilton step-up to the challenge and become more involved in enhancing the local city’s urban landscape.

The latest sculpture Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa was officially unveiled on Monday, 9 December 2019, where local Iwi welcomed the trust members, project sponsors, and supporters onto the Victoria on the River park in Hamilton’s CBD. The chair of the MESH board made special mention of our involvement as a Principal sponsor and how Holmes Consulting’s meticulous attention to detail will enable such a striking sculpture to stand for generations to come. Ewan has worked closely with the artist, Prof. Robert Jahnke, to enable his vision to be realised.

This incredible art sculpture was gifted to and received by Hamilton Mayor, Paula Southgate, its name translates to ‘The Doorway of Hamilton’ – which its views perfectly capture!

Next time you’re passing through the Waikato we highly recommend you stop in and visit this newly installed art piece.

 

[Picture above L-R: A truck delivers the precious cargo to site; Dusk at Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa; The official unveiling ceremony].

Trafalgar Centre in Nelson wins prestigious EVANZ award.

trafalgar-centre-nelson-new-zealand Last week the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson was honoured to be awarded the 2019 Pixel Medium Venue of the Year at the EVANZ (Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand)

The Nelson Trafalgar Centre was an interesting project for Holmes Consulting, as we were asked to assess both the 1970s ‘Main Hall’ building and the more modern ‘Southern Extension’ built in 2005.  Both required seismic strengthening which Holmes designed in 2015 and then carried out the work between 2015-2016. Among the challenges for building was accommodating the Nelson Giants basketball team for a season in the midst of construction.

The Main Hall is quite a cool space with timber glue laminated arches which Holmes then added steel to for support, creating an aesthetically pleasing result for the client. We added some buckling restrained braces to the sides of the building, roof bracing, and also improved the foundations.

Their recent win adds to the venues collection of accolades, after the architects [Irving Smith Architects] won a Public Architecture Award for the Centre last year.

Read more about the Trafalgar Centre’s win here.

Kaikōura earthquake anniversary – a reminder of the need for resilient design.

kaikōura-holmes-consulting-nzThe third anniversary of the Kaikōura earthquakes was on the weekend and Hamish McKenzie, principal – structures at Holmes Consulting, talked to Stuff about future proofing our buildings and designs, making them resilient.

“I think people have learned the need for good design, the benefits of going a bit further than the Building Act minimum and risk-to-life safety imperatives. We need to keep learning the lessons so that we continue to build better buildings for the future.” – Hamish McKenzie. You can read the full article here.

Silo Park’s Rainbow Machine

Photo credit: Chillbox

“Through Auckland’s summer months just passed, Silo Park was home to a bright yellow machine that faced the sun and made rainbows, all without needing a single raindrop.”

Read more about the clever Holmes engineering behind the Rainbow Machine in Idealog.

Latest earthquake-resilient building design put to test

New Zealand’s latest earthquake-resilient building design has been put to the test on one of the world’s largest shake tables, and two of our seismic champs, Des Bull and Didier Pettinga, had the pleasure of being involved. Des and Didier provided feedback to researchers from the University of Auckland and Canterbury on the structures design, which withstood 40 earthquakes. See the test video here.

Perry Bridge wins at Structural Awards 2018

The world’s finest examples of innovative structural engineering solutions were celebrated in London at the Institution of Structural Engineers – Structural Awards 2018. We’re beyond chuffed to be bringing home the Pedestrian Bridges award for our Perry Bridge project. This award is for excellence in the design of pedestrian and/or cycle bridges, or other lightweight bridge structures. Read more on the Perry Bridge here.  Or, check out  all the winners here.

Holmes Solutions designs world’s biggest catapult

Our colleagues over at Holmes Solutions have the best lives–smashing, bashing and crashing stuff in the name of science, with a side-serving of product invention and development. The Holmes Solutions team were the design geniuses behind the terrifying-yet-amazing AJ Hackett catapult. Take a look at this awesome clip – and don’t forget to give it a try when you’re down south.

Perry Bridge collects silver at ACENZ awards

 The awesome Perry Bridge, spanning 130m across the mighty Waikato River in Horotiu, has collected a silver award at ACENZ Innovate 2018. You can read more about the project and take a look at all of the winners right here.

The Arts Centre wins again

Celebrating another victory for the stunning Arts Centre of Christchurch – this time in the Canterbury Heritage Awards. A brilliant project team to be part of. Read a bit more here.