To construct a new 1,850m² building that would include a coolstore and precooler. This embodied Stage 2 of Seeka’s Transcool site redevelopment in Te Puke. Stage 1 was completed by Form in 2017.
The new coolstore was designed to suit five high racking, the first of its kind for Seeka and resulted in the building being more than 18m tall.
With a tight timeframe of just 28 weeks to deliver the new facility to ensure it was ready to receive kiwifruit, Form were engaged early to assist with buildability advice through the design phase and to commence the early procurement of critical building components. The building consent was staged to ensure works on site could commence as early as possible.
The structure of the new building comprises of large concrete foundations, a 300mm thick concrete slab and a structural steel frame. The envelope is completed with metal roofing and wall cladding, with fire rated insulated panel walls and ceilings constructed inside the structure.
The grond conditions and the projected weight of the stored product, dictated that 192 8m deep, continuous flight auger piles had to be constructed under the new foundations to ensure minimal settlement of the building. Due to the height of the racking and tight operating tolerances for Seeka’s large forklift, the floor slab had to be as flat as possible.
The scope of the project also included upgrading of existing pavement and driveways, as well as alterations to an existing coolstore building and canopy structure to ensure seamless integration of the new building into the existing facility.
Form sequenced the project to enable early completion of the precooler for access by Seeka, with the remainder of the works successfully completed on time.
Working within an existing operating facility can be challenging, however Form maintained active communication with Seeka’s site operations team to enable them to continue business as usual throughout the build.
Form worked closely with the Seeka’s refrigeration contractor and racking installer to ensure the new facility was commissioned and ready for use as early as possible.