Case Study: NZ Post House

May 17, 2021

Client Name:

Wellington CBD

Commercial office building

Damage assessment of earthquake damaged building fabric

Prendos Contact:
Rory Crosbie
[email protected]

After the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, seismic activity had caused damage to the building services and building fabric of the Wellington NZ Post building. Prendos was engaged as part of a multi-disciplined team to assess damage to the building fabric and scope the required remediation works. 

Project Challenges

Our brief was to complete a damage assessment of all external and internal building fabric, prepare photographic damage reports, and liaise with the client’s project manager and assessment team during the design of the reinstatement works. The nature and extent of the damage, as well as works already being carried out in the building, added complexity to the assessment process and gave rise to health and safety issues. We worked extensively with the main contractor and specialist consultants to address these complexities and issues.

Due to the building’s large size, we assigned dedicated assessment team to ensure consistency of damage recording. As some areas of the building were being repaired, close liaison with the main contractor was required for those works. Due to the scale of the required repair works, design team meetings were held during the preparation of the reinstatement proposals. We worked closely with the client’s quantity surveyor to ensure the true value of the reinstatement works could be reached, and liaised with the client’s legal advisors in the build-up of the claim.  

Ensuring Quality

Our Christchurch team, experienced in earthquake damage assessment, were assigned to the job to ensure all EQ damage was accurately recorded. The client’s insurance broker and legal advisors provided advice on policy response, guiding the technical team during the investigation.

Satisfying Stakeholders

All EQ damage was successfully recorded, giving the client a detailed record of the building’s condition. The damage assessment and reinstatement report provided detailed factual information, allowing them to present a robust claim to insurers which was amicably settled. Our reinstatement proposal also helped the contractor develop a suitable repair methodology, allowing repair works to commence and the vacated damaged building to be reoccupied within a reasonable time period. 

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