After hosting our popular WoodWorks NZ conferences since 2016 either in the North Island or virtual, our first conference in Christchurch this week was sold out and very well received. Drawing a capacity audience of architecture, engineering and construction professionals our new half-day plus half-day conference format followed by site visits was welcomed by everyone. The case study presentations included a number of large local mass timber projects.
Following the technical sessions on Wednesday afternoon, conference delegates boarded buses to enjoy site visits to two sites. First up was the very impressive new AgResearch offices, with enough large CLT, LVL and glulam exposed architectural and structural features to impress any mass timber advocate. The next stop was to the new Marian College campus due to open later this year. This must be New Zealand’s most innovative new school! Thanks to our WoodWorks partners and sponsors, speakers and hosts for making this event a success – especially to our site visit hosts at from Naylor Love and Armitage Williams Construction teams.
See https://www.sheprout.com/mariancollege, https://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/large-scale-reuse-for-new-school-campus/ and https://redstagtimberlab.co.nz/mass-timber-collaboration-agresearch-workplace-wing/ for imagery and architectural overviews.