Construction of our New School

 

Before construction could begin on the new school, considerable earthworks were needed in order to reshape the sloping pasture into a level building site. This work was begun in a voluntary capacity by Bruce Ewart, Board chair, and completed by Brian Goldstone Earthmoving over a 5 month period. Brian, who as a parent of the school, and whose father had helped establish the original Adventist School, had a personal and philosophical interest in ensuring the work was done as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

The building itself was designed by local architect Mark Tatton who worked closely with School personnel to ensure the facility would meet the educational demands for students both for the present and the future. The main building contract was awarded to Colmac Construction. Directed by local Seventh-day Adventist Church member and former School board member Mr Colin McMillan, the project was completed in the nine month timeframe given which was an amazing undertaking considering the main contracting team consisted of Colin himself and two apprentices! Other main building subcontractors included; City Bricklayers (Block work); Glover Plumbing; Peter Armstrong (Roofing); Kirkham Electrical.

It was a credit to Colmac Construction for winning a number of Master Builders awards in 2008 in recognition of a very high standard of work done.

The relocation to the new school was made in December 2007 and the School was officially opened by the mayor of Tauranga, Mr Stewart Crosby accompanied by Pastor Eddie Tupai, chairman of the New Zealand Seventh-day Adventist Schools Association, on June 22, 2008.

   
  Construction of our New School
   
  concept picture for the new school