It is with great sadness to inform you that Jason Guiver passed away on Monday 21st June 2021 at Nelson Hospice at the age of 55.
In late 2019 Jason was diagnosed with cancer, underwent cancer treatment and was able to enjoy good and precious months with family and friends.
For many years Jason was a valued staff member of Nelson Pine. Earlier in his career, he had engagements with Hunter Laminates, NZ Wood Design and others in the timber industry.
Jason was absolutely passionate about engineered wood and timber buildings. He tirelessly promoted engineered wood while working with many professionals from the industry (e.g. architects, engineers, QS etc.) and over the years made a significant contribution to the increased usage of engineered wood in the building industry in NZ and Australia.
Jason was hands-on and never shy to offer his help with any problem encountered; always with the intention to work for the good of the timber construction project or any other matter.
Some of the highlights of his career include the Sydney Netball Centre (in 2013 the longest LVL span building in the world), the Beatrice Tinsley building (University of Canterbury, 4 storey post tension) and the Campus Living – Student Village (Otago Polytech, 5 storey). But ultimately, the new Nelson Airport was his signature piece of work. Jason was involved in this project all the way from the first ideas and concepts through to the fabrication of the LVL components and the construction of the airport structure. This magnificent building has achieved international acclamation for its state-of-the-art design and its standard setting engineering using high performance NelsonPine LVL incorporating world-first earthquake dissipaters.
While Jason worked hard, he also played hard. A pub and a fine craft beer were never far away.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Paula and family.
Kai Kruse (CEO, Nelson Pine Industries Ltd).