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NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2017-
TimberLab Brings Innovative, Creative Ideas to Reality

March 9th saw the gala function recognising the 2017 NZ Timber Design Awards. TimberLab had the privilege of being involved in five of these projects and warmly congratulates the consultants with the flare and skill to produce such innovative designs.
Grammar Junior School - Ruamoko Solutions, Andrew Barrie Lab, Tezuka Architects, Ohno Japan & Contract Construction
  • Overall Supreme Award Winner
  • Winner – Commercial Architectural Excellence
  • Highly Commended – Engineering Innovation
The interlocking system of this project called on all the capabilities of TimberLab’s 5 axis CNC bridge to achieve the 1mm tolerances demanded. The result is an outstanding example of the craftsmanship possible in large scale timber structures.
Andrew Barrie commented,” Cathedral Grammar Junior School’s Laminated Veneer Lumber structure combines traditional timber jointing techniques and up-to-the-minute fabrication technology. The design pushed the limits of new CNC timber milling technology to allow the economical use of exacting traditional timber joints normally thought too expensive or technically demanding. The architects, engineers, contractors, and Timberlab worked together to meticulously design and review every element of the structure. Timberlab’s computer-controlled milling machines then pre-cut the LVL elements to superfine +-0.5mm tolerances to ensure structural performance and perfect fit. The timber elements arrived on site complete down to the smallest hole and rebate. The assembly was rapid and precise – even faster than expected – and with no on-site modifications required. The Cathedral Grammar Junior School is what craftsmanship looks like in the 21st century – digital design and fabrication tools combined with traditional ideas and techniques to make beautiful, exciting new spaces.
Thomas Kaestner (Contract Construction Business Development Manager) says,” Timberlab’s team provided an exceptional customer service, excellent communication and the highest quality standard in a very compressed timeframe throughout the entire project.
The biggest challenges for Timberlab were very tight construction tolerances, very short procurement & production timelines and very high expectations regarding the finish and quality of LVL components. At contract award some design aspects had to be resolved before the shop drawing and production process could commence. Timberlab was actively involved in the design adjustments and provided innovative solutions to resolve complex CNC machining and installation challenges.
Timberlab provided superb service, actively working with the project team identifying and resolving any design conflicts.   
All components arrived on site with an outstanding finish and accuracy. The accuracy of the CNC work and the absence of any major errors speak for the exceptional quality Timberlab provided on this project. The components fitted together with ease. Timberlab achieved extraordinary quality over a very short period of time.
Cathedral Grammar Junior School is certainly a project that Timberlab can be very proud of. Timberlab excelled in their expertise and knowledge in timber machining and finishing”.
The Government of Samoa Fale - Walker Community Architects
  • Winner – Interior Innovation
For this Samoan Embassy in Auckland, Walker Community Architects designed a large traditional Samoan Fale using modern materials and methods. Along with straight turned columns and beams, TimberLab also provided the curved and rounded Glulam ribs forming the main roof shape.
Bealey Ave Lodge, Christchurch - RM Design 
  • Winner – Engineering Innovation
While highlighting the first large scale commercial CLT project by XLAM, the composite nature of this Engineered Timber solution also incorporated Glulam columns and beams from TimberLab. The complimentary CNC capabilities between the two operations meant that exacting prefabrication was possible for all structural elements.
Piko Wholefoods, Christchurch - Solarchitects Ltd
  • Highly Commended - Interior Innovations
The Judges’ comments sum up the distinctive simplicity of this multilevel Glulam building detailed using TimberLab’s precise CNC technology. - “Fine internal details used to emphasise the building’s structural frame and give character and identity to a rebuilt Christchurch retail icon.”

Invitation to Our 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. 
Phone Owen Griffiths now to arrange a visit - 09-2539349
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