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Chris Burrows


After attaining his mechanical engineering degree, Chris honed his project engineering skills at Carter Holt Harvey and the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant, before joining the Pacific Commissioning team in 2002 for the Starship Hospital upgrade.

A principal of Pacific Commissioning since 2006, Chris can recount two decades of Auckland’s construction with technical details and anecdotes that add vibrancy to the history and whakapapa of the city.

From the challenge of demolishing an existing building to starting from scratch on a blank piece of dirt, Chris is passionate about the building process from both a technical and people side, with his respected ability to navigate client and stakeholder relationships.

Currently adding more horsepower to Pacific Commissioning, team culture and personality are just as important to the recruitment process as technical prowess, as in the tight-knit construction industry, relationships extend past the current work site. Testament to this is the fact that on many new projects, previous clients and sub-contractors specifically request Pacific Commissioning.


Recent Projects

Project Aqua 

Pacific Commissioning’s role: ICA 

Pacific Commissioning was chosen as the commissioning manager for the contractor and client in this brand new data centre in Auckland’s Westgate. Spanning two years and two data floors, data centres are accountable to the most stringent procedures, documentation and international standards. Once the building was delivered and signed off, Pacific Commissioning took responsibility for integrating the centre with the client, a robust process of scenario testing and education to ensure the operator understood how the building operates in the same level of detail as the engineering team. Six of the Pacific Commissioning team worked on this large and specialised project, a feat that no other commissioning business in the country had the bandwidth for, harnessing the resource and capabilities of their Christchurch team. 

AIAL Outlet Malls 

Pacific Commissioning’s role: Building Services Coordination & ICA

If you’re a frequent traveller or have a few hours stopover in Auckland, you’ll soon have the option to browse over 100 stores at the new AIAL premium outlet centre offering fashion, lifestyle and homeware brands, complemented by food and dining options. With the new mall’s roots still firmly in the aviation industry, the single storey mall is being built on Auckland Airport’s old Aviation Golf Club. With shuttles planned from the airport to the new retail centre, when it opens in 2024, travellers and Aucklanders will have a new retail destination in a space designed for every customer to feel comfortable in, whether they’re buying a new pair of trainers or a high-end handbag.

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