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We are delighted to announce that Envivo surveyors won a New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) Award of Excellence Gold Level for our work on The Edge ASB Theatre Refurbishment Project presented at the glittering annual dinner for the NZIS at the national conference in Dunedin on Saturday 31 August 2013.

Opened in 1990 the Aotea Centre is a multi-purpose venue of world-class design and an iconic Auckland landmark.

The theatre refurbishment was undertaken in extremely tight timeframes in windows of availability in 2011, 2012 and 2013 between show bookings.

The interior has multiple intersecting angles and posed some interesting challenges such ensuring the exact positioning of:

  • 1330 theatre seats – making sure they orientate in a perfect arc towards the stage
  • Suspended ceilings, acoustic reflectors –needed to be perfectly aligned
  • Removable orchestra pit panels – a jigsaw of 44 panels designed to add flexibility to the configuration of the theatre layout

Mark Finlayson, Envivo Director, said ‘This was a complex but thoroughly interesting project, it was crucial that each design aspect was placed correctly. The seats, for example, had to be in exactly the right place and there are hundreds of them. They needed to line-up with each other, the air conditioning vents and the design incorporated arcs and a sloping floor which added to the difficulty. We took 3D measurements and precise set-outs to ensure they were configured exactly as the contractor required.

Finlayson said ‘It’s kiwi ingenuity in the way we used the Robotic Theodolite with a self-levelling pole for high precision set-out on a technically challenging site. It’s extraordinarily complicated to get this absolutely right, but with our Robotic Total Station we can confidently make each measurement accurate to millimetres. It’s been a fascinating job with lots of logistical issues. We were sub-contractors for Hawkins; as they identified issues we discussed options and come up with the best solution for each challenge.’

This project started in 2010 when we did an Asbuilt survey for the architects, Archoffice. Stage one commenced in 2011 with the lower stalls level and the construction of the enormous wooden panelled ceilings. In 2012 and 2013 we concentrated on the circle level with extensive development on the lighting, seating and internal ceilings.”

Dr Bill Robertson lead the judging panel for the annual awards, which rigorously evaluates the awards entries. Dr Robertson is a former Director-General of the Department of Survey and Land Information and Surveyor-General of New Zealand.

The judges said The Edge ASB Theatre Refurbishment Project “represents surveying excellence in delivering surveying services to architects, contractors and sub-contractors for design and as-built of the refurbishment of an existing large and complex structure.”

Dr Robertson said “We were again very pleased with the quality and innovative surveying skills demonstrated in all the applications for the NZIS Awards of Excellence this year.”

The ASB Theatre at the Aotea Centre project started in 2010.  Congratulations to all the surveyors working on the project for completing and satisfying Hawkins Construction.

Phillip Helleur, Hawkins Site Manager wrote “Now that stage two at ASB is completed I just wanted to take the time to thank your for your efforts throughout the project , you were both a pleasure to deal with and extremely helpful , I look forward to dealing with you in the future”

To read more about the initial stages of this project:

Aotea Centre ASB Theatre Update

The Show Must Go On