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A Newsletter From TimberLab - November 2019

TimberLab Delivers Award Finalists for 2020

The NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards is a highly acclaimed, bi-annual awards event showcasing the innovative, structural and aesthetic use of timber by New Zealand architects and engineers.
This year's event sees TimberLab projects represented with all of the following: -
As NZ Wood states - Wood as a construction material offers a level of versatility and texture that can be inherently challenging to today’s designers.  Understanding the beneficial properties of wood (including its resilience in earthquakes, its acoustics, structural strength and sustainability) can be the domain of a new breed of professionals.
Both local and international companies will be looking to NZ for timber design inspiration in 2020.

Kaiapoi High School Gymnasium, Christchurch 

Design Team: Structural Concepts Ltd / Contractor: Brosnan Construction 
This 1200m2 gymnasium for Kaiapoi High School is a fantastic facility for students, incorporating two mezzanine floors with a private gym, storage and changing rooms.
The main structure is an LVL portal frame system with LVL cross bracing and LVL purlins. The visually exposed timber within the building makes for a natural and vibrant learning environment for the community.

TimberLab fabricated all LVL components to millimetre accuracy using CAD/CAM CNC processing to ensure an accurate fit with metalwork brackets onsite.  Purlin locations were even factory machined on each rafter to eliminate the need for site measuring.
The roof structure and mezzanine floors were constructed on the ground and lifted into place as full bays, with purlins and cross bracing already fixed. This meant minimal work was required at heights and ensured an efficient and safe build program.

Portal frames span 25m across the courts and are spaced at 7.3m centres down the building. Purlins and cross bracing elements were fixed within the rafter depth to form a neat roof structure.

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TimberLab has been involved in numerous value-added timber engineered projects around the world.  View some of our work here.


Data Sheet

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CNC Machine

TimberLab's large scale 5-axis CNC Gantry Bridge for the automated processing of solid wood elements.  Learn more here.
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