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Refin Sephio


After completing his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Refin only had a week’s rest before starting at Pacific Commissioning. Based in the Christchurch team, Refin’s projects have taken him as far as Auckland and Alexandra.

Refin thrives on the practical aspects of engineering, with the hands on approach that his projects at Pacific have given him. New learnings and challenges everyday keep work interesting, with the broad knowledge he is learning about plumbing, fire and electrical systems.

Refin exemplifies the analytical skills required for ICA work, with a friendly communication style when working on the coordination side.

With three South Island Countdown supermarket builds in his remit, Refin is quickly becoming a sought after expert in this area.


Recent Projects

Belfast Countdown 

Pacific Commissioning’s role: ICA 

New Zealand’s third Green Star supermarket was opened in 2022 to cater to Belfast’s surge in population from high levels of residential development. Sustainability was a primary focus during the build, and 78% of materials which would normally be thrown away during the construction process were recycled. Digital shelf labels reduce paper and toner use and doors on fridges conserve energy. Green Star ratings are relatively new for supermarkets, so the project was a collaborative learning experience for everyone involved. Ensuring that metering and monitoring functions work perfectly to measure the success of the main energy efficient features was a key area of delivery for the Pacific team. 

B502 Medical School 

Pacific Commissioning’s role: Building Services Coordination 

Completed in time for 2023’s second semester, one wing of the medical school was demolished internally and re-fitted to provide modern teaching facilities for pharmaceutical students. Updating the existing 1968 Grafton site had its challenges – including the fact that the building and surrounding floors was still an operating teaching facility. The floor footprint was also deceptively small, requiring coordination of different services in a staged approach. With classes and final exams continuing around the project team, working hours needed to be adjusted to ensure learning wasn’t compromised.

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