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New building signifies a modern way of working

Our new building was officially opened by Energy and Resources Minister Hon. Dr Megan Woods on Friday 17 August, marking the completion of the first building of its kind in Timaru.

Named Alpine House, the facility has been designed and purpose-built as a functional and flexible space to meet the requirements of a region with ever increasing energy demand.

Alpine Energy Chief Executive, Andrew Tombs, says the official opening signified a new, modern way of producing and delivering energy solutions.

It brings to an end staff working across a multi-property site in three transportable units (Portacoms) and two houses which were converted into office spaces.

“Alpine House meets and in most cases exceeds our seismic and energy efficiency requirements, with high ceilings and open spaces providing the flexibility for the future, but also adds a volume of space to promote discussion and connectivity,” says Mr Tombs.

“Its design sits well within its industrial environment, surrounded by industrial complexes, warehousing and production sites.”

During the building project we and Thompsons Construction and Engineering engaged eight exclusively Timaru and Mid-Canterbury sub-contractors, ensuring there was significant economic benefit to the region in the form of employment and local product.

The use of local expertise and purchasing of office equipment and furniture from local retailers, reinforced our ethos of contributing to our community. Eco-friendly, sustainable New Zealand sourced building materials were used throughout the building project.

As part of the local Pathways Programme to introduce the next generation to design and trade, 120 Timaru youth visited the build site during construction to learn about future career opportunities in these industries.

Days after we moved we held a blood drive in Alpine House, inviting workers from the wider Washdyke industrial area, who would have otherwise travelled into Timaru’s central business district, to donate lifesaving blood. Another is planned for 11 October 2018.