Project Description

Project Name: Ernest Rutherford Building
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Value: $220 million

In collaboration with: Cosgroves

Umow Lai entered into a joint venture arrangement with Cosgroves, a Christchurch-based building services engineering consultancy, to deliver the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC) project. The Umow Lai-Cosgroves team was successful against strong competition from a number of multinational design firms.

The development comprises of two stages, the first being the $200m+ Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre, the Undergraduate Teaching Hub, completed April, 2017. Phase 2 of the project, the Postgraduate and Staff Research Hub, is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2019.

The RRSIC comprises of:

  • An undergraduate teaching hub with a range of physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology and other science laboratories and flat-floor technology
  • A postgraduate and departmental hub adjacent to the undergraduate teaching hub designed to co-locate academic staff and their postgraduate students with their research laboratories.
  • Specialist research facilities including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR’s), X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy.

The project was benchmarked against the NZGBC Green Star Education Tool, targeting 5 stars, although it will not be formally certified.

The Umow Lai/Cosgroves joint venture was responsible for providing Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulics, Vertical Transportation, Sustainability, Acoustics, ICT, Security and Dangerous Goods services.

We are pleased to announce the Ernest Rutherford Building project was awarded Excellence in the Education Category at the 2019 NZ Property Industry Awards.