Tag Archives: Rebuild

Award for Structural Engineering Laboratory

Dominion Constructors Limited has received a Gold Award in the Education category of the 2017 NZ Commercial Project Awards.

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The award is for its work on UC’s Structural Engineering Laboratory – a high-end seismic testing facility that will enable researchers to test the impact of seismic loadings on structures and soils in real time and at a realistic scale. This asset places the University on the world stage for earthquake engineering research.

Congratulations to all the project partners involved in this construction: The Project Office (Consultant Project Manager), Aurecon Structural Engineers (Engineer), Dominion Constructors (Construction Company).

At the Awards ceremony, from left to right are: Rob Steel, Dominion Constructors Ltd – Project Manager; Alistair Pearse, Inovo – External PM; Ian Southen, Project Manager, UC Capital Works; Stuart Montgomery, Dominion Constructors Ltd – Site Manager; Nathan Lewis, Dominion Constructors Ltd – Site Engineer.

See more about the awards here

Meeting with Regenerate Christchurch

Meeting for students and staff with Regenerate Christchurch, Wednesday 29 March, 12 noon-1.30pm, Undercroft meeting room – all welcome.

2017 is an exciting year for Christchurch’s regeneration and this meeting is an opportunity to hear more and get involved. Regenerate Christchurch is the body charged with leading the regeneration of the residential red zone, and working to revitalise the central city and New Brighton.

Regenerate works according to practices of ‘co-creation’ and is focused this year on planning futures for the red zone, taking account of community aspirations, economic and environmental opportunities, and climate change.

The meeting will be led by Ivan Iafeta, Regenerate’s CEO, and Rob Kerr, its manager for the red zone. They are keen to develop good links with UC, its students and staff.

Learn more about Regenerate Christchurch

Volunteering in the Nepal earthquake rebuild

We all know what’s it’s like to go through an earthquake. Well, imagine enduring that in a village with limited running water and sanitation, poorly constructed buildings, no motorised transport, and very limited infrastructure. And then imagine trying to rebuild all that. By hand.

My wife and I are volunteering to go to Nepal to help in support of the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. We are going over there through an NZ volunteer organisation for two weeks in December to help in whatever ways we can. We will mostly be rebuilding schools by hand in villages. We will have to walk a few hours to get to the villages, and sleep in temporary accommodation. It will be winter over there. We will eat the same food the villagers eat, two meals a day.

Would you consider helping us get there by making a donation?

We are volunteering through a New Zealand organisation called Global Volunteer Network Foundation (GVN), who have been working with communities in Nepal since 2002.

Even a small donation will be helpful. I have put a link below where you can read a bit more about why we are doing this, and to make a donation if you would like to through our page with the Global Volunteer Network Foundation.

Please note that your donation and our financial goal is in US$. Our goal on the fundraising page is US$3,000. This money covers all our costs while volunteering in Nepal as well as paying the staff there who are co-ordinating us, to make sure that we don’t cost the people of Nepal anything while helping them! Anything over the US$3,000 goal is donated to the schools we are helping rebuild. We have already personally paid for our airfares ($6,000 – ouch!) so your donation does not go to the airlines.

You can click here to read a bit more about why we are doing this, and to make a donation if you would like to. (Or copy this link and paste it into your browser.)


The process is quick, easy, and secure. We truly value your support. We appreciate it, and we know it will make a difference to the people in Nepal that we help.

Thank you.


Martin Budd.
Learning & Development Department
Human Resources