The Kāpiti Coast District Council has come up with a list of answers to some of the burning questions the public has raised about the new $9-million-plus Civic Building in Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.
One of the key questions they answer is why they called the work a ‘refurbishment’ or ‘upgrade’ rather than a new building. So read on for the KCDC’s replies to common ly asked queries:
Why did the old building have to be upgraded?
It was a fire and earthquake risk and, with rotting outside walls and a leaky roof, was becoming a maintenance nightmare.
It was also cramped, didn’t have enough toilets, was poorly ventilated and difficult to heat. It wasn’t user-friendly for the public and there was no disabled access.
Why an upgrade rather than a new building?
Council was advised that it would be much cheaper to upgrade the existing building than totally rebuild from scratch. A rebuild would have cost more than $14m compared with $9.2 for the upgrade.
Why did it look more like a demolition than an upgrade?
To earthquake strengthen the building, create more space and replace ageing materials the building interior had to be gutted. We accept that took some people by surprise!
So where were the savings?
In keeping the foundation and structural skeleton, the most expensive part of a building.
What are the main features of the new building?
It is stylish, modern, safe and energy efficient. It is expected to serve the council and community for years to come.
In what way is it energy efficient?
The building uses modern materials and smart technology to reduce power costs.
- It has a sophisticated heat recovery, ventilation and air-conditioning system that operates on sensors
- A ‘smart’ controller turns down the ventilation, heating and cooling systems overnight
- Special glazing and wooden fins on the north east of the building are designed to reduce overheating.