First major CLT installation in Queensland
A mezzanine floor was built at the Guardian Early Learning Centre in Brisbane utilising cross laminated timber (CLT) panels. Measuring 325 square metres, the $3.5 million mezzanine floor project, designed by BVN Architecture for Lendlease Development, was the first major CLT installation in Queensland. By installing CLT panels instead of the conventional cast-in-situ concrete, the contractor was able to reduce the construction program as well as the cost per square metre. George Bellas, Project Manager from Apollo Property Group, the principal contractor for the fit-out of this early learning centre, said that both their construction program and the final cost of the installed floor were reduced by approximately 20-30% each. The project, which began in August 2017, was completed in November 2017. Strongbuild supplied Binderholz CLT panels for the mezzanine floor.
Expanding limits of traditional building
Flank, a New York City-based architectural and development firm, has broken ground on two mass timber, mixed-use developments in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. These are the first new timber buildings constructed in New York in more than a century. The projects are scheduled for completion by the end of 2018. Located at 320 and 360 Wythe Ave., one block apart. In a statement, Mick Walsdorf, co-founder of Flank, said, “320 and 360 Wythe will expand the limits of traditional construction and usher in a new era of sustainability-minded building practices.”
Andreas Denker joined the HOMAG Group’s top management team as Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing.
The chemistry is right
With the maxim “the chemistry is right”, the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) has launched the independently quality-assured EPAL CP. This expands EPAL’s existing and highly successful load carrier portfolio with nine more quality-assured wooden load carriers in order to play a supporting role in the chemicals industry and elsewhere. EPAL is applying its recognised and proven system of standardisation and independent quality assurance to the popular chemical pallets and in so doing, closes a gap in the chemical industry’s logistics chain.
Cost-cutting, quicker and sustainable, too
Developers are finding that wood-use in the construction of high-performance buildings saves money and time while also delivering more in terms of beauty, versatility and performance. Wood building systems and prefabrication of wood-frame components results in more timely, organized building periods. Recent Vancouver building projects with wood construction are setting the tone for sustainable innovation within the building industry, while cutting on energy costs and providing natural beauty for residents.