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18 Fowlds Avenue Building by DESIGN ENGINEERS

Developer: Kainga Ora
Architect: Oxygen Architecture
Contractor: Build Partners
Location: Sandringham, Auckland
Service Type: Facade Engineering
Situated at 18 Fowlds Avenue in the heart of Sandringham, Auckland, this upcoming residential development project spans a land area of 1,500 square meters. Envisioned as a three-storey walkup structure, the project aims to redefine urban living with a total of 15 new homes. The carefully planned layout comprises a mix of 9 one-bedroom residences and 6 two-bedroom homes, offering a diverse range of housing options to cater to various lifestyle preferences.

The development is poised to bring a fresh perspective to the Auckland housing landscape, with an anticipated completion date set for the first half of 2024. The transformative nature of this project is evident as it involves the replacement of two aging homes with 15 contemporary, energy-efficient residences. The commitment to creating warm, dry, and modern living spaces underscores the project's dedication to meeting the evolving needs of the community. The inclusion of 6 two-bedroom homes and 9 one-bedroom homes reflects a thoughtful approach to addressing diverse housing requirements. Each unit is meticulously designed to prioritize comfort, functionality, and aesthetic appeal. The strategic location of the redevelopment ensures convenient access to amenities, transportation, and the vibrant lifestyle that Auckland has to offer.

As the construction progresses, the development at 18 Fowlds Avenue promises to contribute not only to the architectural evolution of the area but also to the enhancement of the overall living experience for its future residents. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting venture, set to bring a new era of residential excellence to the Auckland community.

The role of DESIGN ENGINEERS in collaboration with ASCOT ALUMINIUM goes beyond mere assistance—it encompasses a comprehensive engagement aimed at providing a PS1 package for the aluminum joinery system and its associated brackets, intricately integrated into the building's primary structure. The focus lies on developing a glazed joinery system that not only withstands wind loading but also accommodates seismic movements, achieved through the meticulous SED design that guards against interstorey drift.

Throughout this project, the utilization of APL flush glazed suite and residential suite signifies a commitment to high-quality, contemporary joinery solutions. DESIGN ENGINEERS were specifically commissioned to conduct a thorough wind loading assessment on the building facade, ensuring its resilience and adherence to stringent safety standards. The expertise extends to assisting in the selection of appropriate joinery systems and bracket methods, considering both constructability and engineering adequacy.

In addition to these crucial responsibilities, DESIGN ENGINEERS play a pivotal role in the selection and verification of window perimeter fixings, ensuring that every element aligns with the structural requirements of the project. A meticulous review of shop drawings and test reports against the Building Code and industry best practices is undertaken to guarantee compliance and the highest quality standards.

The collaborative nature of this project is underscored by DESIGN ENGINEERS working in tandem with other consultants. This collaborative effort aims to achieve the optimal facade performance, leveraging the collective expertise of all involved parties to surpass industry benchmarks and uphold high-performance standards. The result is a seamlessly integrated aluminum joinery system that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of safety, functionality, and aesthetic excellence.


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