Gaia Forest School Case Study

We go behind the scenes to discover the myriad of issues faced during the construction and delivery of this project and how these were resolved.

  • The tough job of balancing architectural design and aesthetics with budget
  • Price escalation during construction: is there a way to curb this?
  • Construction budget: who sets this anyway?
  • Procurement: where’s my materials!

This exceptional preschool follows a Gaia Earth based approach not only in its curriculum, but also in its unique building construction. Biomimicry techniques were adopted to design the building into the shape of a leaf, which soars off the ground atop of 240 accurately placed timber piles. Sustainability was essential to this project, with rainwater harvesting, efficient heated floors, smart ventilation, and soon to be installed solar panels. Lockdowns, cost escalations, and supply chain disruptions delayed the opening date by two years.

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Silver Award Winner.

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Award winning

Our unique engineering approach to construction management is built on strong analytical minds that say there’s ‘never a problem, always a solution’.

We have an ethos of building things that work. Added to this an exceptional back office team who offer a streamlined, process driven approach to project delivery. On time with industry leading quality.

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Award winning

Keola has received industry recognition with a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in the Residential and Commercial construction sector.

Excellent track record

We take care of the details, expertly navigating the intricacies of working with Council for RMA issues, noise, fire rating, inter-tenancies, unit titles, parking, infrastructure etc.

Can-do approach

Sometimes it takes a little Kiwi ingenuity to figure out a cost-effective way of bringing an architect’s vision to life. So if you’re looking for a builder that’ll add value and finesse to your project, call us.

Exceptional experience

Director Sanjesh Lal is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Registered Master Builder. He’s backed by the exceptional and experienced Keola team to expertly manage your construction project.

Difficult site? No problem

Constructing a building with difficult site constraints? Rest easy. We take pride in our engineering approach to construction management on challenging sites.

Low Variations

Our approach and deep understanding of the process means we price very accurately and pride ourselves on low variations. That means you can trust the figures we put forward.


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happy families


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