McKee Fehl is proud to have worked with Autism NZ to develop Australasia’s first Autism Resource Centre in Petone. Formally opened on 20 February 2020, this new and exciting facility will also double up as the charity’s national office.
McKee Fehl transformed an empty warehouse into a functional resource centre with therapy rooms, connected playrooms, breakout areas and an expression room. The facility also includes office space, board meeting rooms and two hot-desking areas.
Stephen Cummings, General Manager, McKee Fehl said: “Our involvement in this important charity project goes well beyond your usual construction contractor engagement. We’ve worked very closely with Autism NZ and their consultants, as well as with our local subcontractors and suppliers to collectively achieve the best cost outcomes for this vital development. We’re delighted with the final result and the benefits this will bring to the community.”
Dane Dougan, Chief Executive, Autism NZ added, “within the first week of opening, the building was busy with families and individuals coming to utilise its services. At the public opening day, we had close to 500 people come through its doors. Not only does this show a considerable interest in the building from the Wellington autistic community, it also shows a huge demand for a safe, sensory friendly environment. Without the help of McKee Fehl, the dream of having this environment would not be a reality, and we can’t thank Phil, Stew and the team enough”.
The Autism Resource Centre will provide a safe and trusted place for locals to access support, intervention and eventually clinical diagnostic services. The Autism Resource Centre will be a one stop shop for people living with autism and will transform the autism journey in Aotearoa.