Beca provided building services design and construction management and fire peer review. The facility was constructed over 18 months and was completed in August 2011.
TECT Arena at Baypark represents a significant milestone for Tauranga as the first major sporting facility to open in the city for over 40 years. It is billed as one of New Zealand's most versatile multi-purpose venues.
Tauranga City Council (TCC) engaged Beca in 2007 to provide the building services on the NZ$41 million project, including a comprehensive spectrum of mechanical, hydraulic and electrical engineering, as well as communications, security and lift services. Beca also peer reviewed the fire engineering designs.
During the formative stages of the project Beca assisted TCC with feasibility and site assessment, including valuation of the existing Baypark assets. As a result, Baypark was selected as the preferred site, and Baypark's existing assets were transferred to TCC. Beca also provided a project budget for the new arena.
The 13,000m2 facility boasts nine courts across two functional arenas; set up to accommodate a wide range of local, national and international sporting, leisure and entertainment events.
Arena 1 has been designed specifically for television broadcasts. It has been constructed to precise acoustic standards so concerts can be held without disturbing nearby residents. Quieter events will also be able to take place in the arena without noise disturbance from the adjacent speedway track.
Arena 2 boasts six netball courts and hosts large exhibitions as well as hosting community sports and sporting events.
The collaborative, hands-on approach by Beca and TCC throughout the design and construction phases was a key factor in contributing to the project's success.