XLam Scores at Timber Awards

XLam projects have again been on the dais at the 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards announced in September.

Plant and Food Research’s Seafood Research Centre in Nelson won the Excellence in Engineered Wood Products category. Judges commented on the entire structure being prefabricated timber and the versatility of timber for both structure and aesthetics. Housing NZ’s Clayton Avenue Apartments in Auckland also won a Highly Commended award as an exemplar for future medium density residential mass timber housing solutions. Include photo of Plant and Food Research Building here.

XLam projects dominated the Multi-Storey Timber Building Awards category. The winner was the 5-storey Te Pa Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village in Dunedin. The judges were impressed by the highly efficient modular layout enabling efficient offsite prefabrication for significantly reduced construction time, minimised waste and lower cost.

Highly Commended awards went to three other XLam projects in the Multi-Storey category, including the Clayton Avenue Apartments. The University of Canterbury’s 3-storey Ara Kahukura, designed to make a living example of sustainable design as well as providing teaching spaces, was highlighted by the judges as an excellent testimony to the potential for hybrid timber-steel-concrete structures. The Kaikoura District Council Office Building became centre stage immediately after the catastrophic November 2017 Kaikoura earthquake when it served as the Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre for earthquake response and recovery. The building had only just opened and was undamaged by the quake, which made it perfect for the Civil Defence operation.

In a third awards category, Engineering Innovation, both the Kaikoura District Council building and Te Pa Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village won Highly Commended awards.

Judges were universally delighted with the standard of entries. “The 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards showcase some of the best examples of innovation in timber design that New Zealand has to offer,” they said. “It’s evident there is great collaboration between architects, engineers, suppliers, fabricators and builders to produce some outstanding and highly innovative timber buildings and structures.”