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Speaker Profile: Kai Kruse

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Kai Kruse is the CEO of Nelson Pine Industries, and will be joining us at WoodWorks 2020 to share on Nelson Pine’s experience with the new Nelson Airport building. Kai has been with the wood industry for 36 years. He has a Master’s degree and a PhD in timber business, and has held director and senior management positions in Europe …

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Social housing with a First Nations basket weave design proposed for Vancouver

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The latest social housing building proposal in Vancouver takes on an architecturally unique design and establishes a new green building standard for this type of use. Local non-profit housing developer M’akola Development has submitted a rezoning application for 1766 Frances Street — a mid-block site just east of Commercial Drive in the Grandview Woodland area. Currently, the site is occupied by …

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Speaker Profile: Jason Cordes

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Jason Cordes is the Managing Director of Red Stag Investments & Wood Solutions. Red Stag has partnered with the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) and the Primary Growth Partnership Programme (PGP) to establish New Zealand’s first timber high rise reference building.  The five storey apartment complex at Clearwater in Christchurch is the first of several timber reference buildings scheduled across …

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Fast + Epp’s mass timber headquarters hits major construction milestone

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Construction of Fast + Epp’s four-storey mass timber hybrid office located near Vancouver’s Broadway and Cambie intersection has been completed. The new building was erected at 7th Ave. and Yukon St. in four weeks using cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor and wall panels, glulam beams and steel posts. Exterior wall panels including firewall at the property line were pre-clad with membrane …

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Vale Gary Caulfield

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It is with great sadness that we inform you Gary Caulfield passed away last week. His passing leaves a massive gap in our mass timber construction industry.  From our experience, he was the single most enthusiastic, informed and motivating individual our industry has ever had.  As a pragmatic thought leader in our Australasian and wider industry his energy was incomparable …

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Clearwater Quays – TimberLab

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The manufacturing team has been working hard over the last few months, completing hundreds of prefabricated parts in order to commence the factory assembly of 55 large structural frames for the Clearwater Quays project in Christchurch. Assembly of these frames starts next week and will continue throughout August and into September. Early involvement in this project has enabled us to …

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France’s Drive for Wood Buildings

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Timber is increasingly being viewed by the international community as a vital tool in the fight against climate change, due to the material providing an immensely beneficial carbon store in all the buildings it is constructed with. European leaders are fast recognising, that to meet carbon-neutral pledges, timber must be adopted as the main concrete substitute. Nowhere is this architectural …

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Fast + Epp Head Office – by Tectonus

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It is a milestone project for Kiwi company Tectonus – their first in North America and they are thrilled to be working with Paul Fast and his team on the engineering consultants own head office.  Fast + Epp’s approach to design and engineering has been to allow the stairwell and lift cores to rock under seismic excitation and to come back to …

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Speaker Profile: Daniela Vassura, Jasmax

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Daniela is an architect based in the Auckland office for Jasmax. One of the key projects she led with Jasmax was the 14000sqm Park Lane Living Well Village, where she was able to utilise her sustainable architecture experience acquired at ZEDfactory in London. Sustainable design is embedded in Jasmax’s philosophy and she contributes to it on a broader level as …

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Jasmax Wins NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards

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Jasmax finished the NZIA Local Awards season with a bang at the Auckland Architecture awards last week, winning three awards for the two projects they were shortlisted for. The University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering / Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha B405 – Education Award “This complex building makes a point of celebrating its function. Behind the exuberant and colourful clothing …

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Apple Store Bangkok

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Apple Store in Thailand with Swiss timber construction expertise Apple is opening its second and largest retail location in Thailand. Located in the heart of Ratchaprasong, Bangkok’s iconic intersection and shopping district, the sales area features the unmistakable architecture of Foster + Partners. Blumer Lehmann was the project manager responsible for the planning, engineering, production and assembly of the timber …

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Hutt Valley Health Hub

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Fully Operational Post Earthquake Designed to withstand a “one-in-2500 year” earthquake, the Health Hub building will have a one of the highest resilience ratings of medical facilities nationwide. The building has been designed to be fully operational after a big earthquake. Tenants include Ropata Doctors, Pharmacy, Medical specialists, Dentists, Child care among others. Sustainable and innovative, Tectonus is proud to be …

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Showcase Project: Auckland City Mission Homeground

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Several years ago, Stevens Lawson Architects were commissioned by the Auckland City Mission to be the architects for the redevelopment of the Mission’s existing premises on Hobson Street, which are deemed to be ‘sub-standard’ and ‘not fit for purpose.’ The redevelopment, Mission HomeGround, will enable improved delivery of the Mission’s existing services. Project manager Built Environs have now also begun …