Business North Dec / Jan 2022

92 | INTERIORS K2 Interiors Ltd: The University of Auckland Recreation Centre Hub for recreation, well-being Completed in December 2020, the project transformed the old warehouse space into a bespoke recreational facility. FLOORCOVERING H a p p y t o b e p a r t o f K 2 I n t e r i o r s 09 638 4949 19C Edwin Street, Mt. Eden MTS Property Services have been providing quality painting services to the commercial and residential sectors of Auckland for over 60 years. As a family owned business, we pride ourselves in delivering a highly professional commercial and residential painting service, along with a pragmatic approach, for a paint finish that’s aligned with your needs and budget. With a background in engineering and a passion for quality, MTS Director Chris Collier, is a strong advocate for customer focused processes within the business. Taking such a structured approach has led to the introduction of more detailed quoting of jobs, providing greater clarity up front for our clients. With a high degree of attention to detail throughout every project, you’ll understand why MTS enjoys a base of very satisfied customers. (09) 634 8118 Auckland’s professional painters for over 60 years. Sue Russell Justin de Beer is Auckland-based Kalmar Construction’s Business Development Manager. His first association with Kalmar Group, of which Kalmar Interiors is a part, stems back to 2015 when he was the interiors commercial manager for two years, before returning to take up his current role in 2018. “Kalmar recently celebrated 20 years of business and we are proud of the quality and range of projects we have delivered in this time. Our numerous repeat Client list serves as a testimony to our title of “Good people to work with”. We employ about 120 people, including our own carpenters and concrete gangs. Most people recognise us as Auckland’s preferred apartment builder but we also build retirement villages, hotels and other commercial buildings throughout greater-Auckland.” Kalmar Interiors offers design and fit-out services to a range of clients, including heritage buildings, restaurant sector work, office fit out, retail work and seismic upgrades. Clients include some of New Zealand’s most recognized brands. Last year, a large project involving the relocation of the University of Auckland’s student recreation and wellbeing facility, resulted in Kalmar Interiors being appointed to undertake the fit-out for the new premises at 70 Stanley Street. The project involved significant renovation of an existing warehouse to become home to the temporary recreation facility while the permanent rec centre, at 17 Symonds Street will come to life over the next four years. As such, while the fit-out in Stanley St is in a temporary facility, it has been designed and built to provide students with a fresh and engaging recreational space that will be in use for several years. Completed in December 2020, the project transformed the old warehouse space into a bespoke recreational facility. Given the age of the building, major services were upgraded with walls demolished to open up larger spaces. The ground-floor also includes group fitness and bike studios, while upstairs spaces allow for low impact fitness and administration offices were built and fitted-out. Work on the 1300sqm site involved creating the main gym area with steel shell walls filled with aerated concrete for separate studios, men’s, women’s, unisex and accessible bathrooms with showers and a fully operational reception space. Before the fit-out phase, extensive plumbing, mechanical and electrical services were replaced. “We also installed movable and reusable walls, providing a high level of hygiene in a way that could be easily maintained.” Johannes Combrink was Kalmar Interiors Project Manager for the Recreation Centre. He joined the company in 2016 and has overseen a number of complex construction and fitout projects. Given the nature of the Auckland University project Kalmar Interiors was responsible for overseeing multiple sub-contract trades with an average of 40 subcontractors on site each day. And with other tenants on floors above the construction zone, careful thought was given to reducing as much as possible noise impact. “Johannes did a wonderful job on the rec centre, with great communication with existing tenants a vital component to its success.” The Auckland Rec Centre project was named one of three finalists in the NZ Building Industry Awards this year, in the Cost Based Category under $3million. “Coupled with a very tight dead-line and working in an existing occupied building always has its challenges but as the Kalmar Interiors team, we are the specialists in this field and with the support of our Client the project was a tremendous success.” “We’ve got good people, with the skills and experience” Justin says. Feedback from staff and those using the rec centre has been very positive. Asked what he most enjoys about working for Kalmar in his new role, Justin says the caring culture of a closely knit team with a common goal of working with clients makes all the difference in the world. “It’s such a pleasure to work here. We take on a wide scope of projects and everyone contributes their skills and experiences into the mix.”