Rotorua Research Centre Gets Upgraded Facilities
Construction has started on the refurbishment of laboratories for Scion in Rotorua. The Crown Research Institute focuses on forestry, wood products and biomaterials science and technology development at the Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park, set against the magnificent backdrop of Whakarewarewa Forest.
The existing laboratories were accommodated in 2 adjacent buildings linked via a walkway and internally separated by a central corridor. Lab-works Architecture has worked successfully with the Scion project team in developing modern flexible laboratories which will reflect their dedication to providing world-class science to its industry sectors.
The project includes PC1 chemistry and analytical and PC2 fermentation, pre and post PCR and molecular analytical laboratories with associated support and office areas adjacent. A feature of the project is the new fully glazed north facing corridor which has allowed for the internal spaces to be opened up and the space to be used more efficiently and maximised the views to the exterior .
Project Architect Joanne Kelly says "working within the existing building has provided challenges, however the ability to strip the internal layout, leave the main structure and then create a design that maximises useable floor area means that we have been able to make the most of the natural and physical environment". The result is that work flow and efficiencies will be significantly improved within the same floor space, while improving user comfort and outlook.
Work is progressing well with RDT Pacific project managers and Watts & Hughes Construction Ltd. Completion is expected in July this year.