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New Zealand Fire Service Fire Training Headquarters

Client

New Zealand Fire Service

Architect

RTA Studio

Project address

Rotorua

Completion Date

December 2011

The new National Training Centre is a state of the art facility and one of the most sophisticated in the southern hemisphere.

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The facility, which is set up like a little town, allows fire fighters to practice different fire scenarious under almost real conditions. Architecturally designed by RTA Studio of Auckland, eCubed provided the very specialised design and construction monitoring for the mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and fire protection services. eCubed's technical advice and consultations supported the NZ Fire Service in the speficication and selection of the internationally sourced fire simulation props.

Usually, building services systems are designed for buildings to live and work with a fire only occuring in the worst case. Here, fires happen multiple times a day and eCubed's engineers were challenged to design all services to withstand these exterm conditions on a regular basis. 

An above and below ground network of liquid-lpg and vapour-lpg gas, nitrogen, compressed air and water systems throughout the site provides the essentials for the fire simulations props within the various buildings. Specialised control system allows the fire fighters to simulated various types of fires while always keep it under safe control.

With so much fires happening, a lot of water for extinguishing is required. eCubed designed a sustainable site wide system to collect and drain all water back into a massive pool ready for reuse both in the simulation buildings and the artifical stream.

Mechanical ventilation system to smoke clear the simulation buildings were put in place allow for quick reset of the simulations buildings and reuse for the next training exercise.

In the extension of the office and lecture building, an energy-efficient multi-split heat pump system is installed to provided comfortable indoor space conditions. Together with an high-efficient lighting system with daylight control, natural resources are used at its most.

A further unique system ist provided for the large drying room. The latest descicant dehumidifying system allows the NZ Fire Service to speed-dry the protective uniforms over night, ready for next days use.

It has to be said that the very specialised and unique services at this project provided some challenges, but the National Training Centre is probably the only opportunity for many years for an engineer to design a facility like this in New Zealand.