Barfoote Construction has operated in Northland since 1989. Based in Whangarei they have worked all over the world delivering projects for a wide-ranging list of both individual and Blue Chip clients. Barfoote Construction builds structures in the commercial, industrial, infrastructure, agricultural and specialist residential markets.
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Concrete supplier in high demand
As the need for building product accelerates in New Zealand, Whangarei-based Barfoote Construction has been in demand supplying precast concrete panels to markets such as Auckland, Palmerston, the Waikato as well as local Whangarei and Northland projects.
The company will supply 700 panels for the new Summerset Retirement Village under construction in Hobsonville and concrete stairs for the new New Zealand International Convention Centre.
“It's all about quality,” says company director Trevor Barfoote, explaining why the company's product is so in demand. "We offer one of the most modern facilities in Northland for manufacturing precast concrete and structural steel.
As well as manufacturing and delivering the products to site, our team can, if required, erect and fix them into place taking total ownership of this element of the project. This often results in better quality control and is more cost effective for clients,” he says. At the company's dedicated precast concrete and engineering facility it builds all the precast concrete and structural steel components required for a project then transports these to site.
With over 450sqm of steel casting tables and a 15 tonne overhead gantry crane with nine metres under the hook and 96 metres of travel, the company can tackle large projects. Barfoote Construction has a welding capacity for structural steel to 500 amps meaning it can handle very sizable components.
Barfoote can also offer clients a full design service Including 3D rendering proposed designs onto site photographs so clients can see that the building sits well with the landscape, says Trevor who says this is an example of the company's can do' attitude. "This attitude has been a big factor in the type of work we take on and the growth of our company.
One thing about this company is that we like to have a go at anything. Each project has its own unique points and we get passionately involved." But it's not only products that Barfoote Construction supplies - it is firstly a construction company specialising in any building and structure, particularly those that incorporate a large amount of concrete and steel due to its in-house capabilities.
This has seen the company work for clients in the commercial industrial infrastructure, agricultural and specialist residential markets. Over the years it has completed a wide variety of projects including warehouses, factories, office buildings and shopping complexes. Barfoote Construction was started in 1989 from small beginnings. The company's expertise secured it a good reputation from the outset, resulting in continued growth, which has led it to where it is today.
A big advantage- Trevor says, is that Barfoote Construction is supported by Barfoote Contracting, a trucking company run by brother Gareth and an excavation business run by Trevor's brother Kerry. This gives Barfoote Construction ready access to these services on its projects from trusted companies. Trevor credits the multi-skilled Barfoote Construction workforce as a big factor in the company’s capability to undertake a diverse range of projects which include herringbone and rotary dairy sheds, feed pads, concrete raceways, cattle underpasses, sewerage treatment plants, rail bridges and pools to name but a few. The company employs its own engineers, project managers and trade qualified carpenters and offers full project management from concept design to engineering. RIM and building consent as well as coordination of subcontractors through to completed structure.
Current projects underway in Auckland include the supply of 50 concrete panels for Chempro’s new building, Summerset Retirement Village as well as undertaking fully design and build contracts on two new buildings being constructed at Ellerslie Racecourse. In Northland, the company is building a concrete ramp for a car park building in Whangarei, a concrete road and drainage works at Rewa Rewa Road for Whangarei District Council and concrete floodgates for Kapara District Council.
The company is also working on foundations, an elevated concrete floor and three small buildings for the huge new 6000 tonne Golden Bay Cement silo. Trevor says the company is “really busy" and although currently only has a small permanent presence in the Auckland market he hasn't ruled out expanding this as demand for the company's services continue to grow.
Nosy neighbours drive success
Nosy neighbours have played a key role in the success of Barfoote Construction, a company building structures in the commercial, industrial, civil, agricultural, and specialist residential markets. The company was established by fitter/welder Trevor Barfoote in Whangarei in 1989.
"We didn’t know what we’d achieve when we first started,” he says. “We started out building a dairy shed for my uncle. The neighbours saw it and they wanted one, and away we went." Barfoote Construction now operates from the large, 3ha site in Morningside, Whangarei, with a full engineering workshop and a 450sqm precast manufacturing facility. The team has grown to about 50 staff, and three years ago Barfoote Construction opened a second branch in Oamaru. Much like in Whangarei, the Oamaru branch's first job was a dairy shed.
“Then the neighbours came and wanted one, then their neighbours came. We’ve now built about 14 sheds around Otago and Canterbury.” Since its establishment, Barfoote Construction has worked all over the world for a wide range of individual clients and a number of blue chip companies. “We focus on employing staff with a 'can do' attitude, and this has served us well when taking on some of our more innovative and challenging projects,” Trevor says. Barfoote Construction offers a wide range of solutions, from complete design and build packages, to supply of specialised components. “We specialise in giving our clients what they want,” Trevor says. “And if what they want isn’t going to work, it’s our job to make it work.”
Trevor has a passion for dairy farming and his family owns a farm in Dargaville, and he owns another in the United States in partnership with his father. With 27 years of experience in designing and building specialised dairy sheds, and a lifetime of living and working on and around farms, he knows first-hand what farmers want. Barfoote Construction works around the dairy farming calendar to minimise the impact of upgrade works on operational farms. The company works with farmers to maximise the value of their investment. “If you are thinking about upgrading or building, get us on board early in your plans as often, during a site visit, we can provide helpful advice on how to get the best results by looking a the lay of the farm to select the best flow with the minimum amount of earthworks.” By designing sheds around sites, Barfoote Construction has been known to save farmers as much as $30,000 on the cost of earthworks.
And with its own precast concrete solutions, Barfoote Construction offers the lowest possible precast maintenance and running costs on the market. Barfoote Construction’s rotary dairy sheds are designed for the requirements of the high producing dairy farmer, who wants to reduce labour costs and time spent in the shed. A range of standard portal designs are available, while the modern, curved concrete arch option offers increased space. “These buildings are extremely robust, functional, and low maintenance, and remain extremely appealing to the eye,” Trevor says. “The curves seem to hug the landscape and blend in as if they have always been there. Not to mention, they are also surprisingly affordable.
Making a splash
Construction of the concrete flume section of Rainbow Springs’ new Big Splash water ride broke all records, thanks to the Barfoote Group, a Northland based construction company.
With 400 kilometres of road separating their Whangarei base and the construction site in Rotorua, the company decided to take an innovative approach to building the 431-metre concrete flume section of the ride.
After being told by Swiss-based ride design company Intamin, that the flume had to be poured on site as there was barely a couple of millimetres leeway allowable in the finished flume size, Kiwi ingenuity came to the fore.
Trevor Barfoote, managing director Barfoote Group says, “We knew we could do it, so we designed moulds to pour the concrete flume in sections that could then be easily transported to Rotorua and slotted into place. We poured the first one, put it on the back of the ute and drove to Rainbow Springs, and that’s how we won the contract.”
Ever since then a steady flow of concrete flume sections arrived on site from Whangarei. This innovative method sped up construction of the ride eliminating the need to pour the concrete on site, which was a weather dependent job with the potential to delay a time critical project.
Due to the success of pre-casting the flume, Intamin is considering using this construction method for future rides it builds around the world.
The nine-minute long Big Splash ride is a journey through time that features an informative narrative and state-of-the-art animation bringing to life dinosaurs, moa and the Haast eagle, with an adrenalin-boosting plunge at the end.
Crew turns rubble into fresh blocks
CHIPPER: Trevor Barfoote tries his hand at chipping mortar off bricks under the watchful eye of Tom Tipene while Jeffrey Ganley looks on and Gabrielle Augustin works away.PHOTO/JOHN STONE
One brick at a time, dedicated workers have chipped away and cleaned up thousands of bricks that now need to be sold.
A couple of truckloads of bricks taken from the demolition of buildings at Whangarei Hospital were transported to Idea Services in Whangarei in January.
Since then eight people from Idea Services (Intellectual Disability Empowerment in Action) have turned the massive pile of bricks, covered in mortar and cement, into neatly stacked pallets of bricks.
Employment support coordinator Daniel Manning said a business arrangement had been made with Barfoote Construction to clean up the bricks and split the profits.
He said a group of eight, but a core of four people - Tom Tipene, Jeffrey Ganley, Gabrielle Augustin and Richard Trail - from Idea Services had made remarkable progress on the bricks.
They had chipped away with hammers and chisels to remove the lime mortar before they moved on to the more difficult bricks that were covered with cement.
About 3500 bricks were on pallets ready to sell.
Some had already been bought and used for building fireplaces, pizza ovens and garden paving.
The money would be split between the workers and Barfoote.
'I'm grateful we had such keen people to work on this project. I thought we had about 12 months work here but this massive pile has just about disappeared.'
A few months work was estimated to be left on the remaining bricks and their sale had been by word of mouth so far.
Mr Ganley said to decrease the amount of dust and soften the lime mortar the bricks had been soaked in water.
Seeing the finished bricks ready to be re-used had given the team a sense of achievement.
'It shows we aren't just pretty faces. It's a big achievement,' Mr Ganley said.
Barfoote owner Trevor Barfoote said the team had done a great job of getting the bricks back to a state where they were usable again.
'It would have been difficult to find people with such stickability for a job like this. They have done a fantastic job.' He said deciding to give the bricks to Idea Services and paying them for the work was one way to give back to the community.
The company had recycled about 80 per cent of the material it had removed from the demolition of wards 6, 7, 8 and 9 at the hospital. Some had been given to charities including Horses for Healing, Habitat for Humanity and the Maungatapere Community Church.
Anyone who would like to buy some of the bricks should contact Mr Manning at Idea Services in Cooke St, Whangarei.