Elam University Hall

The Elam Hall Student Accommodation building is a first for New Zealand. The 14 Story accommodation block building consists of 468 individual pre fabricated modular units built by Stanley Construction.

Each module was factory constructed and fully finished with carpet, joinery, electrical and fire protection.





Built in the Matamata Modular factory over a six month period; with developed efficiencies, the factory produced up to six modules per day at peak production. Each module was individually shrink wrapped and stored until required, then trucked up to Auckland ready for site installation.

With the key contractor building the core structure, modules were put in place methodically; making the building process much quicker than a conventional build. Installation of the modules was carefully planned focusing on efficiencies. A ‘value add’ was that site processes were simplified, and further refined so that hook time was drastically minimised. Having processes locked down also led to staff efficiencies on the project. An average of six modules were installed per day, with a maximum of 16 in one day.





‘Just in time management’ of the module deliveries meant movement of delivery trucks in the high density central Auckland site were also minimised, along with the sheer number of various key trades required on site. This building stands to be showcased as an example of clever efficient building processes and demonstrate how prefabricated components can accelerate a large building project.



Project Details

Contract Range:
$7.5M - $10M

Contract Type:
Design & Build Structural Modular Manufacture

Auckland University / Hawkins Construction

Manufacture: Aug 2010 - Feb 2011
Site: Jan 2011 - Aug 2011

Completion Date:
27 November 2011 (Main Building)

Stanley Project Manager:
James Corric

Principal’s Project Manager:
Wareham Cameron (Wtgn)

Assembly Architecture / MOTM

Structural Engineer:
Dunning Thornton