New Series of Seminars and Site Visits Announced for November

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Mid-Rise Wood Construction is bringing you a new series of 3 seminars across the South Island. Jason Cordes of Red Stag TimberLab will be leading the site visits, networking, and Q&A sessions being held in Dunedin, Christchurch, and Nelson on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of November.

Event Details

Mass Timber Site Visit & Regional Seminar – Dunedin

Date: 14 Nov 2022, 3pm | Location: Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin

Site Visit: The installation of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) structural components marks a major milestone in the construction of Otago Polytechnic’s multi-million-dollar trades training centre, He Toki Kai Te Rika. The use of LVL and cross-laminated timber (CLT) is part of their strong sustainability focus, which follows living building challenge (LBC) principles. The project is significant to both the local and national construction industries.

CLT is also being used in the three-storey design to provide a low-damage seismic resistance which would dissipate energy in an earthquake.

Construction of the $31.7million project at the heart of Otago Polytechnic’s Forth St Campus in Dunedin began in January 2021. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023. About 200 tradespeople, construction managers, and consultants are engaged in the build.

Mass Timber Site Visit & Regional Seminar – Christchurch

Date: 15 Nov 2022, 3.30pm | Location: Hornby Working Mens Club, Christchurch

In collaboration with RM Designs, the team at Hornby Working Men’s club has created not only a dining destination, but it’s also a place to be social, play sports and create memories. Being part of the community for the past 65 years, the Hornby Club’s brief was to create a new era, with a fresh look where the surrounding community feels welcomed.

See the building images on the RM Designs website.

Source: RM Designs

Mass Timber Site Visit & Regional Seminar – Nelson

Date: 16 Nov 2022, 3pm | Location: NMIT, Nelson

Site Visit: The project is a 4-storey residential apartment building.  The main mass timber elements for the main structure are all now in place. The developer’s key reason for choosing CLT was to be able to design the shape and height of the building and allowed the internal layouts of the townhouses to be much more flexible.  Mass timber is used to achieve the bracing and seismic performance for 4 levels with a lightweight building structure.

With this site having space constraints, CLT solved a lot of issues due to the lightness of the panels with 3.8t being the heaviest, so they could be placed with a Hiab providing cost savings compared to a crane.

We had a very strong interest in the sustainability aspect of the build from townhouse purchases to allow the project to proceed.

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