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This multi-use venue converts traditional Maori and Pacific Island approaches to building into a contemporary structure

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The contemporary appearance of the events centre is achieved by using concrete structural surfaces as minimalist finishes.

Dominion Constructors was enlisted by Mainzeal as the concrete sub-contractorfor this project, and was responsible for all concrete, form and precast work, says Brett Russell, managing director of the company.

"A special feature of our work here was the self-compacting concrete we used on the main columns. This provided an F5, blemish-free, off-the-form finish," he says.

Interior finishes include polished concrete floors, exposed blockwork walls and concrete panels.

"The inclined precast walls incorporate a pacific design theme, that was formed using a fibreglass mould inserted during casting," says Russell.

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Dominion Constructors laid 2300m2 of concrete, including the 150mm-thick, single-pour slab that is the floor of the arena. They also installed 13 in-situ proscenium walls, which exceeded 20m in height, and 4000m2 of formwork.

Dominion Constructors were also responsible for all interior concrete walls, and the 12m-high central column that partly supports the main truss.

For more details, contact Dominion Constructors, PO Box 17254, Greenlane, Auckland, phone (09) 526 5803, fax (09) 526 5809. Website:www.constructors.co.nz .

First published date: 07 June 2005

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