Bowen Campus leader appointed design manager for Jasmax

David Giera is the architectural brains behind the Bowen Campus refurbishment, 15 Stout Street revamp, and now the NZ ...
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David Giera is the architectural brains behind the Bowen Campus refurbishment, 15 Stout Street revamp, and now the NZ Post upgrade.

The architectural lead behind Wellington's Bowen Campus refurbishment, David Giera, is beginning work on a new multi-million dollar government property project.

Following his recent appointment as architectural design leader at Jasmax's Wellington Studio, Giera has added upgrading the New Zealand Post office on Waterloo Quay to his new portfolio. 

Argosy previously estimated that the reinstatement cost for the 7-24 Waterloo Quay property would cost about $50 million to repair building services and fitout on the first four levels and level seven.

Giera calls the New Zealand Post upgrade "a natural progression" from his past projects, updating historical Wellington buildings to meet demands for the modern market.

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"There's a nice trend there through my recent work."

He has designed office fitouts in several historic buildings and refurbished them with new facades and earthquake strengthening. 

In Wellington, he's worked on 15 Stout Street, formerly known as Defence House and now home to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, and the National Library.

His Bowen Campus refurbishment of two notable 1960's buildings, spans 35,000 square metres of space designed to accommodate a number of sizeable Government tenants co-located within the buildings.

Giera also led the award-winning  led the award-winning fit-out of Trustpower's new headquarters in Tauranga. 

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This project featured a central atrium and used a design strategy for  'activity based working', which is a way of designing the workplace to get people to connect more and collaborate more successfully.

"Architectural clarity and business clarity are one and the same objective," he said. 

An objective that starts with understanding the client's business at a strategic level, Giera said.

"All businesses are grappling with the disruptive forces of the digital era, and often the resulting evolution as a business leads to the need for a smarter more adaptive working environment that can flex, support connectivity, and be a place where talented people want to work".

Wellington's ongoing establishment as a creative hub means there is more emphasis on creating office space compatible with tech professionals and entrepreneurs.

Giera said that means more buildings offering hi-tech solutions, and intelligent facade systems. 

The popularity of adding atria into office buildings is especially big in Wellington, Giera said. 

"In Wellington building these atria are in high demand because you get all the benefits of what feels like an external space but without having to deal with Wellington's wonderful climate."

Jasmax associate principal Shauna Herminghouse leads the company's Wellington studio alongside Giera.

"We're delighted to supplement the strengths of Jasmax Wellington with David's architectural expertise" she said.

"He is well-known for his innovative approach, strategic insights, and extensive experience."

Giera said his new role allows him to work on a wider range of projects at one time and gives him an opportunity to advise younger staff.

"It's a time in my career that I want pour that experience into multiple projects and mentor young designers and that's what this role offers and that's what really excites me."

 - Stuff

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