Cosio Industries

Knee Height:
Floor Area:
Building Use:
Tilt Panel, Multirib & Trimrib COLORSTEEL®
Portal System:
Bracketless Portal System
Time to Build:
13 months

In 2013, Joe Cosio contracted Coresteel Christchurch to design and build his company's manufacturing, storage, and distribution centre in Christchurch, with plans to extend the industrial steel building as the enterprise grew. The Cosio expansion project in 2020 was a natural progression of Coresteel Christchurch’s existing relationship with the Kiwi-owned agricultural, horticultural, and geotextile supplies business.

exterior of cosio industries new industrial building


Coresteel Christchurch’s project manager, Stephen Fitzgerald, consulted the client to determine their new requirements which included greater devanning and loading provisions, alongside MPI compliance (Ministry for Primary Industries).

When the various architectural options were presented to the client, it made sense to design and build in a Bracketless Portal System, identical to the core building to ensure the extension complemented the main steel structure. However, during the strategic phase, a problem became apparent. If not planned and managed well, the commercial construction work could easily disrupt the facilities’ daily operations.

The primary issue was a loss of functional space because the existing hardstand needed to be ripped up and laid anew, but Cosio Industries could not afford to operate on such limited facilities.

After brainstorming, the strategic team realised, with a stroke of Kiwi ingenuity, that the solution was straightforward.

The proposal was to first erect the new warehouse immediately providing the business with the necessary room. Afterwards, the hardstand upgrade could be freely executed without negatively impacting day-to-day business functions.

Stephen scheduled regular meetings to collaborate with the local manager and throughout the process ensured the decision-makers were completely confident business was continuing as usual. Here is another successful Cantabrian partnership that showcases the importance of cooperating for the win and staying connected through the full project lifecycle.

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