Builders meet the challenge
DESPITE the demanding and snowy conditions, Matamata Stanley Construction has finished the Knoll Ridge cafe at Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu and are back with a number of awards.
Stanley’s has been recognised for the striking cafe that has become a part of New Zealand’s prime heritage.
At the Waikato Registered Master Builders Association 2011 House of the Year and Commercial Project Awards last month they won the 2011 Supreme Award for Commercial Project of the Year, Matamata Stanley Construction was a category winner for PlaceMakers Hamilton Tourism and Leisure project, and were presented with a Life Member Award for the cafe.
Stanley group project manager Craig Davison said he was thrilled with the awards and thanked his team.
‘‘Our construction team is experienced in working in remote locations and we have a great crew. Not everyone is cut out for this type of work and attitude is everything when you are living and working long hours alongside your work colleagues,’’ Mr Davison said.
The project for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts took 32 weeks and was finished on September 16, 2010, replacing the building burnt down by arsonists in 2009.
Once again Stanley has demonstrated the ability to adapt to any situation and find a unique approach to building. With no crane access and limited helicopter use, a large majority of the building was manufactured off site to reduce the cost and time of the project, then transported to the mountain.
The building is made of timber, concrete and steel with lowemissivity glass to allow the sun’s energy to be absorbed, or reflected.
The type of high performance glazing required had to be designed and found offshore, making it a risky exercise.
Natural materials were chosen from sustainable sources wherever possible and choice was critical as few materials can survive the rigours of an alpine environment.
The cafe needed to withstand wind speeds up to 300kmh and a snow load on the roof of up to 1.5 tonnes per square metre.
Severe cold conditions common during building.
The coldest day experienced by the building team was minus 13 degrees Celsius and the highest wind recorded was 241kmh.
Their client, Dave Mazey from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, was thrilled with the end result of the building.
‘‘It exceeds anything we have done previously.
‘‘We’ve got the wow factor,’’ he said.
‘‘ Stanley added substantial value in this design process and contributed in the way of innovative solutions which could be applied; including manufacturing concrete precast panels the previous winter, transporting them to the snow and storing them ready to use for summer construction.
‘‘That in itself shaved a substan- tial amount off the budget.’’
Stanley specialises in ecologically sound, modular constructions, interior design and joinery.
Company culture encourages innovation and planning, and everything they do is governed by respect, pride and a sense of responsibility.
From this foundation, their business is built to exceed customer expectations.
Stanley Group wants to thank both the clients and all the businesses that helped with the building of the Knoll Ridge cafe.
The company has a rich history and strong clientele in Matamata and New Zealand-wide and since opening in Matamata in 1927, they have gone from strength to strength.
Whakapapa proud: From left, Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson, Stanley Group project manager Craig Davison, site manager Richard Hopkins and Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker with the Stanley Group awards.
The completed Knoll Ridge Cafe on Mt Ruapehu.
Brought by air: A large majority of the building materials were flown in by helicopter.
The Knoll Ridge cafe during construction.