22 News – March 2024

22 Team News

This year we’ve welcomed four new university graduates to our BIM, Mechanical and Electrical teams. Dom, Lynn, Kevin and Kees have slotted right in and are eager to develop their skills and progress through our graduate programme.

With degrees in Mechatronics, Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and speaking a combination of three languages fluently they will be an essential part of the team and we’re excited to see them grow.

One of our new graduates, Kevin, says “since starting at 22 Degrees, everyone’s been really welcoming and helpful. Transitioning from university to the workplace was a big change, for the better though! It’s rewarding having a chance to use the knowledge and content I learned during my studies in real world scenarios.”

Project Spotlight: Rototuna Junior and Senior High School

This month 22 Degrees have been wrapping up the completion of a new multi-staged development at Rototuna Junior & Senior High School located in the rapidly growing suburb of Rototuna in Hamilton.

This project involved the construction, extension and refurbishment of an existing highschool for an additional 31 teaching spaces, to a build roll of 2,800. The refurbishments and extensions involved investigating existing spaces and making changes that improve functionality. External works included infrastructure upgrades, walkways, car parking and other site works.

22 Degrees has extensive experience at the school, having been involved during the construction of the previous developments at the school as well. Off the back of this experience Hawkins engaged 22 Degrees in a Design & Build relationship for all building services trades including Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulics and Fire Protection from the start of the project until project completion. 

Round the Bays

This year we had a great uptake for Round the Bays. Despite the rain 16 of the team signed up to challenge themselves on the 8.4 km course.

Some friendly competition saw the team racing each other to try win and improve their time from the last Round the Bays. Our winner managed to complete the 8.4 km in an astonishing 38 mins, averaging a 4:30 mins/km pace!

After the race we all met up again at the office for some well deserved burgers and drinks while some tried to redeem themselves on the table tennis table.

Kiwi Care

The team went bush to deal to stoats, rats, ferrets, possums, and feral cats. Our partnership with Thames Coast Kiwi Care saw a large contingent of staff head into the Coromandel bush to help set up two new trap lines. The engineers were impressed with the new self-resetting AT220 smart traps which can operate for months automatically and send back data to HQ to track their effectiveness. TCKC was thrilled with the effort they put in saying it would take their volunteers several weeks to complete the same work.  

Our MD, Robert Mannes is a keen supporter of TCKC and of the Predator Free 2050 vision. 22 Degrees financially sponsors the organisation and provides a big team for an annual working bee. It’s been hugely satisfying to see significant success in reducing predators and increasing kiwi numbers thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers.

The work is important and the whole weekend experience is huge fun. Highly competitive volleyball, almost synchronised swimming and a gourmet banquet finished off a great weekend experience. Senior Associate, Nick Donovan, says “Our guys are passionate about sustainability and preserving our wildlife and natural habitats. They feel it’s a privilege to help out”.