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A toilet in the middle of nowhere – with Derek Chinn

December 20, 2022

Stantec’s Senior Principal Structures Engineer Derek Chinn designed a toilet in isolated Hooker Valley Track. Read the story from ACE New Zealand.

We've all done it. You're in remote, alpine backcountry New Zealand and nature calls. No one is around, and there's almost always plenty of kawakawa (nature's toilet paper) to help get the job done. But that's exactly what the Department of Conservation was trying to prevent when they engaged Stantec to design and develop a toilet in the isolated Hooker Valley Track in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Rugged, erratic bounders, poor site access and cultural appropriation were just some of the challenges in building the now-named Stocking Stream Toilets. We sat down with Stantec's Principal Structural Engineer, Derek Chinn to hear just how they built a toilet in the middle of nowhere.

Read the full story from ACE New Zealand.

  • Derek Chinn

    As a principal structural engineer Derek does a broad variety of structural and civil design, procurement and construction administration, and selects pragmatic and innovative solutions for his clients.

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