Building – PepsiCo Administration Offices
Building – PepsiCo Administration Offices
“It was advised that it was more beneficial to demolish a large part of the existing building, than to save it. Therefore demolition was undertaken, leaving just the ground floor of the original building”
The existing Bluebird Foods (subsidiary of PepsiCo) administration building didn’t comply with the latest construction standards, earthquake codes, or client’s preferred design. The goal was for a modern open plan space, with break-out rooms for quiet or collaborative work.
Bluebird Foods is the largest manufacturer of chips and snacks in New Zealand, making a range of recognisable products including Bluebird, Delissio, and Copper Kettle Potato Chips, Doritos and Cheetos Corn Chips, and Twisties, Burger Rings, Sunbites extruded snacks.
Bluebird Foods is a New Zealand based subsidiary of global brand PepsiCo. This particular project was for the renovation of the Bluebird Foods administration offices in Auckland, New Zealand.
The existing building was in poor repair and didn’t comply with current construction standards, earthquake codes, or PepsiCo’s preferred design. At first the team looked at relocating the offices, but decided to redevelop the existing site. The old two storey office building would be demolished and the remaining single storey building was to be extensively modified, in order to reach compliance and work with the agreed layout.
The design goal was for a modern open plan space, with break-out rooms for quiet or collaborative work. There were to be options for hot desking, and ‘stand up’ desks. Staff amenities would also be upgraded and made more user friendly.
Why TEG Projects
Our team has provided project resources for Bluebird Foods since TEG Projects was founded in 2005. TEG Projects have also worked consistently on PepsiCo initiatives and have a well founded understanding of their systems and processes. PepsiCo values relationships with preferred suppliers with a view to creating standard solutions and systems throughout their sites globally, and therefore TEG Projects was an obvious fit for this project.
While the office staff were relocated or worked from home, the TEG Projects team commenced this 8 month project. PepsiCo had a clear vision for the space which aligned with their brand globally. Therefore TEG had a template to work from to create the look and feel of the space. TEG engaged a local architect to come up with a design which met the PepsiCo requirements and site needs.
A structural engineer was brought onboard to assess the building. It was advised that it was more beneficial to demolish a large part of the existing building, than to save it. Therefore demolition was undertaken, leaving just the ground floor of the original building, and temporary supports were constructed while refurbishment was carried out.
Then new walls were constructed along with a new roof and cladding, and new aluminum joinery throughout. An air conditioning system was installed, as well as a complete electrical and lighting, security fit out throughout. New drainage and an upgraded fire sprinkler system was also installed.
Staff amenities were completely upgraded, and lockers installed. The main boardroom was also completely renovated together with the addition of storage areas. A totally fresh facade was constructed complete with external landscaping and concrete paths.
There were challenges inherent with rebuilding a non compliant building to comply with the latest construction standards. This resulted in a large portion of the building needing to be demolished, leaving almost just the footprint of the original site to work with.
There were also structural and earthquake compliance issues, only discovered during the demolition stage, which required structural engineering work to ameliorate.
While the team were aware of some asbestos being present in the building, more was revealed during the demolition stage, this was addressed by the demolition team.
The TEG Projects team were able to deliver a project which has benefited the Bluebird team immensely.
The refreshed administration building is unrecognisable from the original non-compliant building.
Not only is it safer and completely compliant, it is now a thoroughly modern space for the Bluebird team to work in. Open plan and contemporary, from the office space itself through to the staff amenities.