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.

ENVI Winners for 2019

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The inaugural winners of Engineering New Zealand’s inaugural industry awards, the ENVIs, were announced at the start of this month. Congratulations to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and KiwiRail who set up the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) Alliance with Fulton Hogan, Downer, Higgins, and HEB Construction for taking out the ‘Engineering Impact Award’ for their efforts in the Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery.

The judges commended NCTIR on its efforts to rebuild, stating it ‘set the standard for how we [New Zealand] need to mobilise as a country following a natural disaster’.

Read more about this project and the other 2019 ENVI winners here. Or find out about Holmes Consulting’s extensive history with induced seismicity here.

 

[Image credit: Engineering New Zealand, 2019 ENVI Awards Night].

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.

The Secret Life of Engineers Abroad

annie-scott-holmes-consultingAnnie Scott, Design Engineer here at Holmes Consulting, is currently based in Utrecht (Netherlands) after making the move 13 months ago when a once-in-a-life-time opportunity presented itself to join our newly created office in the land of cheese, clogs, canals, windmills, and tulips.

She credits the move to Europe as being hugely influential on both her professional and personal growth, after spending just over three years here at Holmes Consulting (in our Auckland office) starting out as a Graduate Structural Engineer back in 2015.

You can read all about Annie’s experience in the November issue of DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing here.

Engineering our Graduates for Technical Success

holmes-graduates-visit-the-fun-factoryLast week our Structures and Civil Structures Graduates met in Christchurch for Holmes Consulting’s annual two day Technical Grad Workshop.
Thursday our grads visited the ‘Fun Factory’ (aka Holmes Solutions) for a tour around their lab (and gym!) – if you’ve ever seen MythBusters then you’ll understand how exciting that lab is! The tour was led by Ben Scott, a Holmes Solutions graduated, our Holmes Consulting grads were all impressed by the awesome projects they’re working on.
Then on Friday it was a jam-packed day with a morning strategy session led by our Principal of Civils, Andrea Jarvis. Followed by technical sessions from Andy Thompson, Bruce Galloway, Deb Shearer, and John Booth. Last, but not least, Stuart Oliver presented on where Holmes is going and the technical challenges we’re facing and what’s in store for the future.
The two day Technical Grad Workshop is a challenging but highly engaging way for our graduates to come together, learn from our leaders here at Holmes, and immerse themselves more into all things engineering.
Thanks goes to all our leaders and presenters who helped make the workshop such a great success!

Chris Mackenzie, ‘JLL Property Professional of the Year’ award winner!

PCNZ-AWARD-WINNERS-CHRIS-MCKENZIE-HOLMES-CONSULTING Chris Mackenzie, from Holmes Consulting, was recognised last Friday evening for his contribution as an engineer, with over 30 years of public and private sector experience, as well as for his vast contribution to the Property Council New Zealand and wider industry by winning the prestigious JLL ‘Property Professional of the Year’ Award.

Chris is recognised both as an industry professional and generous volunteer, with judges calling him a “consummate and humble professional who is highly recognised in his field and is extraordinarily generous with his voluntary time to assist our property industry.”

Humble as ever, Chris has credited the recognition behind this award as “due to the achievements of the teams he has been privileged to be part of at Holmes, and with the PCNZ”. Congratulations Chris!

 

[Photo courtesy of Chris Dillon from Dillon Photography].

Engineering New Zealand – Finalists for 2019 Diversity Works NZ Awards.


Meet Sulo Shanmuganathan, Holmes Consulting’s Team Leader of Civil Structures. Did you know that Engineering Schools, on average, only have 26 per cent women enrolling in their courses, and fewer than eight per cent make it into senior management roles. Read more about what Engineering New Zealand is doing to help improve those statistics.

Hamish McKenzie speaking to Radio New Zealand

Great to see our Principal Structures, Hamish McKenzie, speaking to Radio New Zealand in his new role as the SESOC President. You can read the article here.

From Graduate to Structural Engineer

This month, Construction News spoke to our talented Structural Engineer, Laura Schwass, about what it was like when she first joined Holmes Consulting as a Graduate Engineer.  The thought of being able to work on The Arts Centre in Christchurch was the very reason Laura applied for our Holmes Consulting graduate programme. The project heavily involved the seismic strengthening and careful restoration of 23 Category One heritage buildings of Gothic Revival architectural style – it’s possibly one of New Zealand’s biggest heritage restoration projects, and one of the largest projects of its type anywhere in the world!

You can read more about Laura’s story here.