"Although we used a great team of external experts for the fit-out, staff have driven much of it," says Kay. "The key thing for us was to get new premises that lifted the quality of the previous premises, but didn't shift from Datacom's core values of delivery to our customers."
The new workspaces are open-plan with wireless capability throughout, allowing Datacom rovers' to move freely around the building to form collaborative work groups. There are 100 break-out spaces for one-to-one discussions and informal meetings, 30 single person booths, state-of-the-art training centres, and a number of special spaces. These include a technology-free Sanctuary room for quiet contemplation on Level 3, a library, and even a gaming area on the public-access Level 1.
The staff cafe is also on this level and provides a welcoming social hub for the entire Datacom team. Fridges for individual floors are set behind the scenes in the adjacent kitchen to further encourage staff to leave their immediate neighbourhoods.
In addition, the first floor event space can be completely opened up via operable walls to accommodate town hall meetings or to host special events. A Tech Demo room allows Datacom to share its industry-leading work across Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things with the wider community.
And the Datacom Building is as green as it is spatially and technologically advanced a prominent use of natural wood and a large green wall near the reception are visual signs of this. The building is designed to the latest earthquake-resistant 100% New Building Standard, was awarded a Five Green Star NZ design rating, and combines the latest in sustainable architectural features in energy and water conservation. Everything from the use of structural steel with a high percentage of recycled steel content to the specification of sensor taps to bathroom wash hand basins was considered.
Datacom Building, Auckland
Holmes Consulting Group
Electrical Consulting Services
Fire design consultant
Norman Disney & Young
Unitised Curtain Walling and Commercial Window Suite, both by Thermosash
Steelwork by Enterprize Steel, glazing by Thermosash
Balustrades and handrails
Metal, glass, and Tasmanian oak from Designer Stainless
Armstrong Ultima from Forman Building Systems
Entrance lobby walls
Stone tiles in Tundra Grey Marble by The Tile People; Natural Anegre timber veneer by Decortech
Thurston Consulting with Economech Services
Hydraulic Services Consultants
Fire protection consultant
Barker & Associates
Precast concrete from ConcreTec; Basalt natural stone tiles from The Tile People
Profiled metal and membrane by RoofLogic; ACM Soffit Panels by Thermosash
Mesh stair cladding
Powdercoated expanded aluminium by Designer Stainless
Carpet tile (level 6) Nocturnal 20 by Feltex,
Alabaster, Black White, Double Foundry, BlackJack all by Resene
21 Jun, 2017