So: 400-600 tonnes of wet snow, and the roof of “Stadium Southland” collapses. Te Wai Pounamou is certainly taking a hammering this month. Like you, like most Engineers and Architects are probably thinking: why was it that the roof collapsed, and how we can’t keep relying on people being out of the room or off the street to keep our disaster death toll down. I mean, really: the Earthquake in ChCh, had it occurred hours earlier or later, would probably have killed tens or even hundreds of people – and the Stadium collapse missed out on killing people by a matter of just minutes. We can’t keep thanking our lucky 4 stars, and need to do better. I’d wager that the Engineers and developers of the new stadium in Dunedin are set to frantically re-do their calculations one more time today – their roof is made to roll back and forward, to cover the stadium and also let the light in – as well as to withstand up to 1.5m of snow. But is it wet snow?

All pretty scary stuff – and irritating to me that there doesn’t appear to be any decent photos of the Invercargill Stadium anywhere on the web. How can that be? Isn’t everything photographed non-stop nowadays? Does FlickR and Google not extend to the deep south? The Otago Daily Times online edition for Invercargill doesn’t even mention the Stadium as headline news – come on guys, get with the program! They do have a small article here, but they seem rather unfazed. I’m sure the Engineers are not.

I did find these:

So, as rubbish as the photo is, that seems to be the thing concerned. Here’s the outside, before, in sunny, happy times:

And here it is again, in the snow, looking vaguely Gehryesque:

There is, don’t you think, a certain Frankness about the facade now?

But where is the roof? Where are the Before pictures, of fine upstanding roof trusses that may or may not have been adequately strengthened? And really, where are the rest of the After photos, of twisted hulk and rendered steel? All we have is a photo of some world class table tennis:

And finally, one grab from the news: sadly, can’t see much from that.

Here’s one from NZPA – thanks !

Its not likely that we have many (if any) readers in Southland, but if there are, then send in your pics!

Update: this just in from one of our readers:
Surrey Park Sports Centre
Isabella Street, Invercargill
This fast track project was for the construction of 9108m2 of Indoor Sports Facility combining 5 multipurpose courts, 2 events courts, 4 squash courts with the ability to convert to 2 double courts, the latest design climbing wall, seating capacity for 2,566 people, full service amenities, Lounge, Bar and Kitchen. The provision for approximately 700 off-street parking adjacent to the centre was also incorporated as part of this project.
Several innovative ideas ranging from the community court area’s requirement for an unencumbered space using 37 metre clearspan trusses, sound insulated MDF ceilings, to the requirement for full span mobile scaffolding (purported to be the biggest constructed in NZ). A further requirement was for the asphalt to be laid with a +/-3mm tolerance as the sub-base to the specialist sports floor.
At the height of construction 198 people worked onsite which included 48 different subtrades all of which required careful co-ordination and programming.

CONTRACT VALUE: $ 7.0 Million
CLIENT: Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Southern Quantity Surveyors
ARCHITECT: Mc’Culloch Architects
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : A S Major Consulting Ltd
SERVICES ENGINEERS: Connell Wagner & Pederson Read Ltd

RMBF – New Commercial Building, Category Winner 2001
NZIA – Community and Cultural Award Winner 2000

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