This 1,800m² office and warehouse updates the old building and brings the milk processing facility’s diverse team under one roof. It’s the first build in a relationship which promises to grow along with Tatua Dairy.
Part of Calder Stewart's strategic plan, when breaking into the North Island construction market, was to align itself with powerful, unique brands. As a world leader in specialised dairy ingredients and foods, Tatua Dairy is undoubtedly one of those. Since 1914 it's been developing and producing food products in the heart of New Zealand's largest dairying region — at Tatuanui, in the Waikato.
Although Tatua Dairy's business had grown, its engineering services operated out of the same workshop for nearly three decades. A new facility was in order, so Tatua issued an open tender for the project to go forward. Calder Stewart brought economies to the table with value engineering advice and involved consultants to pass along cost savings to the client.
There was more than meets the eye on this project. Multiple business units had to work side by side at Tatua Dairy's large scale milk processing facility. The project consolidated a solution for all parties under one roof, providing a hub engineering services to operate. The solution included coordinating multiple subcontractors, from HVAC, electrical and data services to the facility's fingerprint and swap card security system. All teams needed good communication throughout to see the project's completion.
The pandemic came with its own set of problems. Yet, we saw it as a chance to further plan the project in greater depth and detail. After six weeks, work resumed, and the project benefitted from the fully streamlined deployment. The finished product — a 400m² office and 1,400m² warehouse section, delivered on budget. Tatua Dairy was happy, and Calder Stewart solidified an ongoing business relationship, supporting continued growth and expansion in future.