Te Manawa repairs
‘‘The repairs will help tie the buildings together in a way that will perform better seismically.’’ Andy Lowe, Te Manawa
Under the tent atop Te Manawa, there’s a $170,000 project to fix the ‘‘knackered’’ sloping glass roof of the museum’s internal atrium.
A three-storey high glass topped area connecting four of Te Manawa’s nine core buildings, the atrium has been closed off and filled with scaffolding while the ceiling’s failed double glazed tiles are being removed.
Outside on the roof, a canopy has been erected to keep the building weather-tight while the glass roofing panels are unfastened from their frames and replaced. It also means work progress won’t be affected by adverse weather.
Project liaison manager, Te Manawa’s Neil Martin, described the roofing glass as ‘‘broken down’’.
In some areas, the double glazing has split open with the panels coming apart. Water has then pooled at the top of the lower wall and found its way down inside the atrium.
The project also incorporates seismic strengthening to make the building safer in the event of a major earthquake.
‘‘There’ll be new steel brackets on the [support] beams which will give the effect of a floating roof,’’ Martin said.
The old panes will be stored on site and lifted down when the new glass arrives, possibly by the end of the month. Martin expected the job to take five or six weeks to be completed by September 23.
Te Manawa’s chief executive Andy Lowe said they’d been putting up with the leak for years, while the project also addresses other issues with the atrium.
‘‘We couldn’t have anything in the space that was fragile or could be damaged by water, and the repairs will help tie the buildings together in a way that will perform better seismically.’’
Sealed off from the public, the work won’t affect access to Te Manawa’s display galleries.
The museum’s nine core structures, including the 1959 Isa Building on Church St, were incorporated into the complex which opened in 1993 adjoining the art gallery.
It replaced a much smaller brick building on Church St.
Te Manawa’s $4 million foyer extension and upgrade, which included the New Zealand Rugby Museum and closer ties with the art gallery and historic cottage, Totaranui, opened in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Dan Terpstra is a member of the team replacing the roof tiles over the Te Manawa atrium.