Design plan review
Colleen was recently asked in her capacity as an assessor for Be.Accessible, to go over the design plans for the Ballantynes building extensions, to ensure that all aspects of the new build are accessible for everyone whether they are customers with babies in buggies, older people, those with mobility difficulties, vision or hearing impairment. She demonstrates great attention to detail along with an excellent knowledge of building code requirements and is able to give practical advice around how to improve a design to optimise accessibility. With her combination of architectural skills and accessibility knowledge, Colleen has a very practical approach to building design, providing her clients with a range of options to suit their needs, budget, use of the building, and meeting building compliance requirements.
Jane Cowan-Harris, Be.Accessible Coach
Contribution to MBIE Accessibility User Guide
Colleen assisted Barrier Free on the development of an Accessibility User Guide for MBIE. Colleen is an excellent communicator, clear, knowledgeable and willing to provide ideas and suggestions for improvements. Our experience with Colleen was one we would seek to replicate, because she is well organised, keeps to timelines and delivers on what has been asked of her. She has our recommendation.
Lorraine Guthrie, CEO, Barrier Free NZ Trust
Accessibility assessment of existing property
WSP-Opus engaged Colleen to prepare an Accessibility Report to be included in a wider Condition Assessment and Long term Maintenance Plan for an important client. Colleen’s comprehensive report considered all aspects of accessibility for the entire property, and was delivered on budget and in a timely manner. Colleen was very helpful throughout the process, and we found the report recommendations to be sensible and practical- all recommendations were clearly described and were able to be priced by our QS without requests for further information. Colleen’s passion for accessibility and expertise in this field is easy to see, and I would have no hesitation in engaging Colleen again or recommending her to others.
Tony Blanchet, Senior Project Manager, WSP Opus
Colleen has provided accessibility advice for Warren and Mahoney on two recent projects. We have found her work to be prompt and precise, and we would not hesitate to use her services again in future.”
Chris Dopheide, Associate – Senior Architect, Warren and Mahoney