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Arrow International completes new Tranz Rail HQ

Arrow International completes new Tranz Rail head office in record time


Arrow International completes new state-of-the-art Tranz Rail Head Office at Smales Farm within record deadline of 51 weeks

AUCKLAND, 22 February 2002 - Tranz Rail Ltd today officially opened its new corporate headquarters at Smales Farm in Auckland, which was project and construction managed by Arrow International. The $11.6 million contract to build the six-level building follows Arrow's other success at Smales Farm, the award winning CLEAR Centre which was completed in 1999. The Tranz Rail requirement to fast-track the project meant that both the base building and the fit out contract had to be completed in a time frame pegged back from 66 to a record 51 weeks.

State-of-the-art technology

According to Arrow International Project Director, Chris Hale, the Tranz Rail building sets new standards in technology. "The integrated building management system (BMS) controls security, electrical and mechanical services and interfaces with fire alarm systems. Unlike most BMS control systems which involve different building services interfacing with one another, the Tranz Rail system provides a single integrated control system," he said.

The BMS responds to individual cards which are programmed to the requirements of each user. On each floor there are approximately 21 individual zones which respond to different air conditioning and light level settings. Lighting is automatically controlled in relation to available levels of natural light, but response levels can be adjusted to suit individual needs by keying in a user-code to the telephone key pad, thus creating substantial energy savings.

About Arrow International

Established in 1983, Arrow International is New Zealand's largest Project and Construction Management Company, delivering outstanding projects from the $50m CLEAR Centre in Auckland, to the Hump Ridge Track in Fiordland, the Department of Conservation's latest "Great Walk". New Zealand-owned Arrow International has an annual turnover of $100 million and employs 150 people.

Arrow International delivered projects valued at more than $22 million in relation to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, gaining an International Export Commendation for the successful transfer of business culture to Australia. In Stadium Australia, Arrow designed and installed the world's most advanced beer reticulation system for Lion Nathan, which quenched the thirst of more than 110,000 spectators at the opening ceremony.

Other projects undertaken by Arrow for the Sydney Olympics Co-ordination Authority included the International Regatta Centre (the rowing /canoe/kayak venue); the Penrith Whitewater Stadium (the canoe/slalom venue); the Urban Domain Sydney West project, including the LOOK program; and the Site Management Function which supported Venue Managers during the games. Arrow was also involved in taking the games to the world, creating Technical Operations Centres for broadcasters at all 34 Olympic venues for the Sydney Olympics Broadcasting Organisation (SOBO).

Other clients in Australia include Lion Nathan, Coca-Cola Amatel, and Australian Growth Properties.

In addition, Arrow International specialises in the strategic and development planning of high technology office projects and parks, including the recently launched Smale Farm Park in Auckland.

Founding Directors, Ron Anderson and Bob Foster, are among New Zealand's leading multisport athletes, having competed in the Eco Challenge, Raid Gauloises and Southern Traverse. Arrow New Zealand event manage its own 24 Hour Endurance Race with more than 100 teams competing in 2000. Arrow is a corporate member of the New Zealand Sports Foundation.


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