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What’s new in Engineered Timber?
TimberLab is keen to provide Architects, Engineers and Designers with information and ideas on the latest developments and potential for Engineered Timber Solutions. A wide range of technical information and case studies are available either in hard copy – as illustrated – or from our website.
In addition we would love the opportunity to visit you and provide a tailored presentation in person. See Below.
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Newsletter Highlights
Our Newsletter this month highlights two very distinctly different Glulam applications. One from our International Market with a high degree of complexity and the other showing functional robustness for the new sawmill operation of NZ’s largest producer, Red Stag in Rotorua.

Royal Maternity Hospital, Bahrain

Architect: Scott Tallon & Aecom ME / Engineers: Gulf House Engineering & mlb consulting
In describing the brief for this important facility, the Architects stated, “the brief envisaged a serene and relaxed facility which would offer a patient experience more akin to a high-end leisure resort than a hospital. This high standard of design and finish was still required to achieve compliance with the latest international standards in the design of clinical spaces and maternity services.”
Using the Export Brand of McIntosh Timber Laminates, TimberLab Solutions Ltd was called on to complete the engineering design, manufacture and installation of the complex roof that forms the central Atrium feature.
With curves in every direction – in elevation and in plan – TimberLab’s 3D computer modelling skills were needed to accurately define the detailed inter-relationship of these variable members. Because of the concave shape of the ridge, each arch across the Atrium had a different span, different rise, different plumb and different bevel. The end walls were curved in both plan and elevation, requiring double curvature. CNC processing on TimberLab’s 5 Axis machine was able to achieve the level of accuracy needed for this prefabricated structure that was shipped from the plant in Auckland to site in Bahrain. Once arriving on site, careful supervision saw the individual elements assembled together, achieving the attractive roof space of this Maternity Hospital Atrium designed by the architect - an achievement TimberLab is proud to have helped bring to reality.
The finished roof structure awaits the final installation of skylights.

Red Stag Waipa Mill, Rotorua

Designers: Structural Concepts / Contractor: Hawkins Construction
When planning their new 700,000m3 sawmill and manufacturing plant in Rotorua covering 4,700m2, Red Stag made the obvious choice to design the large heavy duty structures using the material that is the foundation of their successful business – TIMBER
TimberLab Solutions worked with Red Stag to turn the 200 x 50 Radiata Pine from their mill into massive Glulam beams. The main building involved spans of up to 42m.  Glulam portal frames to span this distance required TimberLab to produce continuous roof rafters up to nearly 32m long with a section size of 1080 x 180. The ability to produce and transport such long, continuous beams means that TimberLab is able to eliminate expensive splice joints. This avoids costly on site time for the contractor to assemble and connect the sections together before lifting into place.
The knee connections for these portals was achieved using large plywood gussets where appropriate. These were fixed to the top of the columns in TimberLab’s factory. Once the components arrived on site, Red Stag’s contractor preassembled large bays of roof rafters at ground level. These were lifted by large cranes and lowered onto the columns that had been stood in preparation. The rafter sections were lowered on to the columns and the gussets nailed off following the starter holes that TimberLab had marked out with their CNC machine in the factory.
With developing technology, TimberLab’s Engineered Timber Prefabricated Solutions are not only achieving on-site efficiencies but are providing a sustainable option for large scale commercial projects. See TimberLab website for more.

New TimberLab Staff

We are delighted to welcome Terry Frank to the TimberLab team. Terry has joined us as our Manufacturing Plant Manager & brings a wealth of knowledge in manufacturing & process improvement; skills that will assist in the continued growth of our business.

Informative Presentations -

At TimberLab we are passionate about the possibilities for  Engineered Timber Structures. Our CNC capabilities have opened up new and exciting opportunities. We are committed to assisting designers, architects & engineers to achieve their aspirations. To that end we will prepare a  relevant, tailored presentation for you to demonstrate from our local and international projects just what is possible. Please contact Owen Griffiths to arrange a visit - 09-2539349 / mailto:owen@timberlab.co.nz
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