News Briefs

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

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.”

Key ap­point­ment

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.