Lighting Management System for Waka Kotahi, Wellington

  • Sector: Government
  • System: zencontrol
  • Status: In Progress
  • End Client: Waka Kotahi - NZTA
  • Engineer: Norman Disney Young
  • Electrical Contractor: Seven Electrical Wellington
  • Controls Specialist: Ian Rose | Andrew Thompson

The premises at 44 Bowen Street will allow Waka Kotahi’s 1,100 Wellington-based staff to work from a single site.

Waka Kotahi’s current lease expires next year, and seismic issues with the Chews Lane site would entail significant, costly and disruptive remediation work to be required as part of the lease renewal. Hence the decision was made to move to a new building that would accommodate all staff.

The fit-out of the new location will be required to be consistent with the principles, standards and guidelines for Government office accommodation.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will occupy 6 floors: the ground and levels 1 to 5, totalling 8,660 sqm of space.

Practical completion for the building is expected May 2023. Intelligent Environments Ltd have been contracted to provide and program the DALI-2 lighting management system.

Leading inner-city office developer, Precinct Properties, were pleased to have 44 Bowen 100 percent leased so long before practical completion. They are also building a “sister” office building at 40 Bowen Street.

The two new buildings are stage 2 of the Bowen Campus development. Stage one comprised the redevelopment of Defence House and Charles Fergusson building. The four buildings that makeup Bowen Campus are connected by laneways that have various retail, cafes and other amenities.

DALI was adopted as the lighting control standard for Australia and New Zealand two years ago, and to be compliant lighting management systems for new buildings must be DALI-2. Intelligent Environments Ltd are considered experts in DALI-2 lighting management systems and have proposed a zencontrol DALI-2 system to meet the engineer’s specification for the project.

Lighting control within Waka Kotahi’s new premises will adopt a hybrid approach comprising a combination of standalone 230v presence detectors and a DALI-2 lighting management system controlling functional areas.

The open workstation areas will be controlled by standalone 230v occupancy sensors. The DALI-2 control system will be employed for functional spaces such as Meeting Rooms, and Training/Collaboration spaces.

Single DALI rotary dimmers will provide on/off/dimming functionality within meeting rooms while LCD smart touch panels provide dimming and pre-set lighting scenes in the Training and Collaboration spaces.

Third-party Integration into the tenancies AV system will be provided for extended control by the client.