Nearly there! Drone image captured moments before installing the fabric roof.
The project was planned to take around six weeks but was completed in just five. However, it came with its challenges. For one, SmartShelters was racing against the clock. Technicians from Germany were due to arrive in Auckland to assemble the new machines. If the shelter wasn’t completed before their arrival, it would result in idle time for the technicians, thus leading to more expenses for Ports of Auckland. Secondly, since the port works 24 hours a day all year round, SmartShelters had to work closely with the company to ensure there were minimal disruptions to the port’s day-to-day workflow. Logistics aside, Auckland’s variable weather proved to be a bigger challenge. A windy day would halt the installation. Heavy rain would make it dangerous for workers on the top of the containers.
A big project such as this is possible through collaboration. SmartShelters partnered with Monkeytoe—a Taranaki company—to build the platform, and Spacewise supplied the containers. Engineers on the project ensured an appropriate design of the shelter, the thickness and reinforcing in the concrete pads so that it could support the structure. Hold-down anchors at the bottom row containers had to be the right number and the right size to secure the structure to handle all weather conditions. Linking twist locks and bridge locks were required to lock the containers together both vertically and horizontally. Talking about the project, Jon Cottle, SmartShelters director says, “We were able to give them (POAL) a turnkey contract for the project, which meant we would look after the complete design of the shelter. We did it all, from beneath the ground to right up to the top. They gave us a brief of the container fit-out and we worked from there. We supplied the ground level containers with custom modifications, including offices, workshops, power, floor hatch, windows, and roller doors. Due to SmartShelter’s previous experience working with the port on various projects, we were a turnkey leader for various solutions. Having the responsibility of design, supply and build allowed the port to focus undistracted on the busy operation.”