Mason Bros building case study
Transformed through smart and sustainable design, the historic Mason Bros building is a jewel in Precinct Properties’ crown.
Originally a 1920s warehouse used by the Mason Brothers Engineering Company, the 2016 redevelopment of 139 Pakenham Street has delivered a stunning character building ready for its second lifetime. A three-level workplace over 4700 square metres, the Mason Bros building today is a key part of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct, established to foster collaboration, innovation and economic development. And it has the distinction of being the only NABERSNZ 5.5 Star-rated property in Auckland, adding to an enviable 6-Green Star rating. Mason Bros is therefore not only breaking the mould for innovative working spaces, but it is changing the game for sustainability, as New Zealand’s first workplace to earn the title of one of the world’s greenest buildings.
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About the Mason Bros. building, 139 Pakenham Street, Auckland
With the redevelopment of the Mason Bros building, which had in more recent times housed manufacturing business Southern Spars, long-term owner Precinct Properties aspired to a high-quality development that supported Wynyard Quarter’s Sustainability Standards. It also sought and has achieved a building which provides long term operational efficiency, durability, flexibility and enhanced amenity for tenants which include consultancy and design practice Warren and Mahoney and engineering consultancy firm Mott MacDonald (both of which played key roles in its development), and innovation accelerator GridAKL. The building is valued at over $42-million and the renovation was completed in 2016.Paul Singleton, Precinct Properties National Operations Manager, says the developer invests in green buildings for multiple reasons.
Key sustainable features of the Mason Bros building include;
- CO2 control of outdoor air rates for energy efficiency and indoor air quality control
- Variable speed EC fan coil units with zone and supply air temperature reset
- Level-2 VAV diffusers with integrated temperature sensing and control
- Variable speed fans and pumps
- 100% LED lighting, daylight harvesting and zone-based automatic light switching
- 4-pipe heating and cooling via heat pump (air cooled and reversible for heating and cooling)
- Heat pump domestic hot water
- Embedded radiant heating and cooling in the atrium floor slab
- Extensive metering of energy and water use, enabling optimisation
- Elimination of cooling towers whilst still exceeding operational energy objectives Rainwater harvesting into a central 25,000 litre tank
- ‘End of trip’ facilities including five showers, 38 lockers, 46 secure and 14 visitor bicycle parks
- Re-use of heavy duty building facilities such as fire rated doors and hydrants