Silver Award – 2023 NZ Commercial Projects (Education)

We grab Silver Award at the 2023 NZ Commercial Project Awards. The calibre was world class with hundreds of entries around NZ. The supreme winner was a 39 storey, 500 room, 2 hotel complex in Auckland CBD!! Being the only childcare building in NZ to make it as a finalist, we are thrilled at the outcome and recognition.

Judges Comments:

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. The preschool also features wide open decks, shallow streams, and a mudslide for the children to embrace nature. Lockdowns, cost escalations, and supply chain disruptions delayed the opening date by two years. There was little space to lay materials or for vehicles to turn, with delivery trucks having to reverse 200 metres back out to the road.

Local community was involved with this project from day one. The neighbourhood is proud to feature one of the last six ancient forest systems left in Auckland, which the centre was able to blend in tastefully with.  

See this completed project here.

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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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